[OR_Archaeology] SOHS & Clackamas Museums will periodically shut down beginning September
susan.white at state.or.us
Wed Aug 19 12:50:46 PDT 2009
The Southern Oregon Historical Society and the Clackamas Heritage Partners have announced that they will shut down for varying periods of time beginning in September.
The Board of Trustees of the Southern Oregon Historical Society announced that it will suspend most public operations for a period of six months in order to restructure the organization. This is in response
to a financial crisis that has been in the making since the Society lost all of its county funding in 2007. Hanley Farm will remain in operation, and school field trips will still be held at the Children's Museum.
Executive Director Allison Weiss said the Society is not closing; it is reorganizing in order to develop a plan that will ensure the Society is financially sustainable and relevant to the community.
All museum properties located in Jacksonville will close to the general public on Sept. 7, as will the Research Library in Medford. The Children's Museum in Jacksonville will be open to scheduled school
groups. Hanley Farm will continue to operate in order to complete the fall farmers market season and host the annual Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch, all activities that bring in people and revenue.
During the time that the Society will be closed, the organization will be restructured. Key to this is negotiating with Jackson County to amend the lease on the Jacksonville properties. The Society is seven years into a 50-year lease through which the county leased six historic properties to the Society for $1 a year. The Society in return operates the properties but is also responsible for their maintenance.
Almost all staff members will be laid off as of Sept. 7, although some will be asked to stay on a part-time basis. Positions that are grant funded will be retained for the duration of the grant. Several other
positions, like bookkeeping and maintenance will be retained with reduced hours. For more information, visit www.sohs.org
The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center will shut down indefinitely after Labor Day. A recent assessment for the City of Oregon City showed that additional operations funds as well as capital
investment were needed for the three sites that have been operated by the Clackamas Heritage Partners. Those sites have included the interpretive center, the Museum of the Oregon Territory, and the
Stevens-Crawford House. Many of the Clackamas Heritage Partners staff positions will also be cut. For more information, visit www.historicoregoncity.org
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