Stevens'Crawford celebrates a century

The iconic Oregon City home will hold a ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 2
by: Ellen Spitaleri, Diane McKnight and Penny Charman show off some of the Boy Scout memorabilia on display at the Stevens-Crawford House, located at 603 Sixth St., in Oregon City.

Penny Charman and Diane McKnight are both in love with a 100 year old - the 100-year-old Stevens-Crawford house, that is.

The two women are volunteers who take an immense amount of pride in showing off the classic Foursquare home in Oregon City's historic district.

And on Saturday, Feb. 2, they will be among those flinging open the door to the Stevens-Crawford House to the public to celebrate the 100th birthday of the home built for the Harley Stevens family.

Mertie Stevens, the daughter of Harley and Mary Elizabeth Stevens, left the house to the Clackamas County Historical Society in 1968.

Boy Scouts from troop #220, the oldest troop west of the Mississippi and the oldest chartered troop in Oregon, will present a flag ceremony at 1 p.m., and there will be displays of Boy Scout memorabilia inside the house.

Joyce Goodwin, another volunteer, has put up an illustrated timeline, charting major events that took place in the last 100 years; a quilt that was made in 1976, to celebrate the nation's bicentennial, will also be on display upstairs. Each quilt block contains an image of some significant person or building in Oregon City.

Charman said she enjoys leading tours through the Stevens-Crawford House, and noted that 'each room is special - each room has its own personality.'

She has been a docent since 1994, and said she tries 'to figure out what people are interested in' as she takes them on a 40-minute tour around the home.

McKnight, who does publicity for the house, said, 'One of the best things about the house is that it is run by volunteers.'

What she is most looking forward to, in regards to the centennial celebration is 'the exposure of the house to people. There are people who live within blocks who come in and say 'I didn't know this was here. I am so impressed.''

As the house begins its second 100 years, Charman said she hopes the house can still be maintained in its vintage state.

'It would be a shame to lose all that history. I love this house and the people I work with,' she said.

McKnight added, 'I love this house. I feel like I belong, and it is up to me to see that this is preserved and shared with people. I'd like to see it maintained in some fashion.

'We want to keep it like Mertie [Stevens] just walked out the door. This is the way it was, and it is so important for future generations to see where we've come from and how we got here.'