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 By Roberta McKern    News    January 1, 2020

Museum collection includes echoes of Christmases past

If fantasies about museums came true, in the quiet and darkness around midnight or early morning as we wait, from a display case we might hear the high, sweet voices of children singing Christmas carols any time of the year. If little china...


Museum’s collection has strong representation from local logging heritage

For The New Era “This is a logging town, so why don’t you have more about logging?” a recent visitor to East Linn Museum asked. Actually, the museum has quite a few logging artifacts in the hall... Full story


Despite family tragedy, mill owners played large role in community

In last month’s column I wrote about time’s alteration of a one-mile stretch of Highway 228 running west from the Crawfordsville Bridge and taking in a popular swimming hole sometimes called locally “the Crawfordsville Dam.” Many can associat...


Saw display offers flashbacks to days of old in the woods

If you were to ask, “Where can I find an intriguing collection of crosscut and chain saws?” a good answer is the East Linn Museum. Passing through the main room toward the back, you enter a...


Museum's quilt collection tells stories from history

On a chilled night, when rain mutters across the roof and grumbles down the gutters and a fog-bound wind plucks at the windows and doors, comes a realization: The best place to be is in bed, curled snug and warm beneath one of Grandma’s quilts. At... Full story


Finally: The true story of why firemen wear red suspenders

This month we continue with some excerpts from the very interesting book “The Golden Arrow and Other Stories” by Frances Isobel Horner, part of our collection at East Linn Museum. I’ve selected a few of these to share in this column, because... Full story

 By Roberta McKern    News    April 28, 2015

Digging Treasure at East Linn Museum: Portrait collection a good way to remember key figures of the past

For The New Era Most people want to be remembered and to remember others, especially when it comes to family. Until the 19th century, only the well-to-do held the option of posing for painted...

 By Roberta McKern    News    March 26, 2014

Museum’s collection of telephones brings back memories

Right up there with household electricity and the automobile, surely one of the big transformers of the 20th century was the rise of the telephone. Alexander Graham Bell is generally credited with inventing it, though others were also working in the...


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