Objects from history provide opportunities for nostalgia, learning
March 31, 2021
In the East Linn Museum's back room sits an object from this area which causes us to ask, "What is it?"
Large and bulky, it has an opening on one end and another on the top. Is it a stove or a heater of some kind?
An identifying label tells us it is, in a way, sort of a heater, but in a remote way. It is what remains of the carbon arc projector from the once-upon-a-time Santiam Drive-In theater.
When the Sweet Home firemen burned down the derelict drive-in in 1994, Keith Gabriel rescued the projector and saved it for the museum. A housing development went in where people had once congreg...