The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

Teens add energy to museum plans for 40-year celebration


February 23, 2016

CHASE BOYD, center, uses some history books and Maddie Peeks, right, an iPhone to research topics for diplays in the museum. In rear, Director Lana Holden and local history teacher Sarah Lynn look over some old newspaper articles.

Rhiannon Stiles clearly appreciated the stone she held Thursday evening as she showed a visitor a display of Native American tools at the East Linn Museum.

“It fits right in my hand,” she said, folding her fingers around the curved face of the grindstone, which then fit cleanly into a trough that, centuries ago, likely held edible grains or seeds.

“It’s amazing.”

Nearby, Chase Boyd was seated on a an old pew, deep in a book, reading about the first medical doctor to come to Sweet Home - a woman, he noted, Susan Powell Russell, in 1851.

“I’m going to write a research repor...

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