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'A History of the West's Dogwood City,' opens to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at 3737 S.E. Adams St.

Milwaukie Museum will open its newest exhibit, "A History of the West's Dogwood City," to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at 3737 S.E. Adams St.

FILE PHOTO - Hurtis Hadley owned the Milwaukie Pastry Kitchen shop with his wife, Dorothy.The exhibit "shares the story of Milwaukie from the time of Native Americans to the foundation of the city," according to a flyer. It explores the establishment of Milwaukie's famous fruit orchards and other important historical events. The exhibit also will feature a wall-mounted television with a looping video of historic Milwaukie photos.

"Visitors will learn why the city is known as the Dogwood City of the West, what fruit varieties were invented here, the importance of the Lot Whitcomb steamship and other incredible stories," said Greg Hemer, vice president and communications director of the Milwaukie Historical Society.

"Guests will be able to view artifacts from all eras of Milwaukie history such as locally found Native American tools, Milwaukie orchardist Seth Lewelling's beaver felt hat, an alligator skin from an early 20th-century Milwaukie zoo, a tombstone with a curious story and other fascinating items," he said.

The new exhibit is not the only change. The Clair Kuppenbender Research Library has been remodeled, and visitors this weekend will have their first chance to see the updates.

At 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at Milwaukie City Hall, there will be a proclamation of African American History Month presented by Hurtis and Dorthy Hadley.

From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at Milwaukie Museum, the celebration of Black History Month will continue with Kim Moreland of Oregon Black Pioneers being guest speaker.

Visit the museum 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays to see the changes. Admission is free, but donations are always accepted.

For more information, visit milwaukiemuseum.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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