Fred Parkinson

Arriving in Silverton with his family at age two, Fred A. Parkinson grew up in the little town then known as the “Gateway to the Falls.” After years away from his home town, he is now retired and again lives in Silverton. He currently serves as chairman of the local Historic Landmarks Commission. Fred is also Vice-President of the Silverton Country Historical Society, where he hosts at the local museum, performs research, and contributes local history articles to the society newsletter. He was selected as SCHS Volunteer of the Year for 2014. Over the last few years, he has researched many older buildings in town for appreciative owners and has presented two programs so far dealing with one of his favorite historical subjects, Silverton’s rich architectural heritage.

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The Silverton Collection

The Silverton Collection Cover

NEW BOOK! Selected Works from a Local Historian I have volunteered with the Silverton Country Historical Society for over ten years. This has allowed me to fine-tune my service by hosting at the museum, performing research and by writing newsletter stories. I first visited the museum to research a building in late 2011. After volunteers …

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Circuit Chautauqua in Silverton

Circuit Chautauqua 1916

(Originally Published in the October, 2014 SCHS Newsletter) The first day of Chautauqua is here! Or more accurately, the first day of Chautauqua week is here… The date was Sunday, July 9, 1916 and the excitement in the small community had been building ever since the first Chautauqua gathering ever to be held in Silverton …

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