Creepy curios spark some spooky stories at museum
Adults-only event features contest and tales behind ghastly gadgets
A heroic firefighter named Jake pulls off an amazing rescue, but it never makes the daily news headlines.
Why? Because Jake has to come back from the grave for his one last act of heroism.
Jakes Last Rescue is a historical ghost story set in the Willamette Valley 100 years ago, and it will be part of professional storyteller Anne Rutherfords turn as the creepy curator at the Washington County Museum Thursday, Oct. 10.
The Halloween-themed event, which runs from 5:13 to 8:13 p.m., was sparked by unusual items in the museums collection.
I know the museum will put historically accurate labels on the exhibits, Rutherford said. But Ill be around to give the guests the behind-the-scenes stories of what really happened to that skull, those pistols and axes, and a gas mask. Remember, I am an award-winning liar.
A Curators Closet of Curiosities is a new, adults-only event at the museum, said Marcia Hale, the museums director of guest services. The program will also feature actors portraying historical characters from Washington Countys colorful past.
Theyll be eager to talk to you about the era and life of the character theyre portraying, Hale said.
Strange items on display will include a large wicker basket used to transport dead bodies in the late 1800s, and a fiendish electrical device that reportedly cured arthritis.
In addition, the museum will use some strange and unusual items as part of a Historys Mysteries contest.
If you can correctly figure what they are, and how they were used, we have some really nice prizes to give away, Hale said.
But Rutherford will be the star of the show.
An antique leather firemans helmet and bucket inspired me to tell my own original tale, Jakes Last Rescue, said Rutherford.
Other spooky stories she plans to spin that night include The Deadly Dress, inspired by period evening dresses that will be on display. The Local Cure, prompted by antique medical equipment, is a story that won first place for Rutherford at a Liars Contest. And Room for One More is a grim reaper story inspired by an old farmers scythe.
Ill also include a couple of stories in the form of songs, said Rutherford, who accompanies herself on a mandolin.
One of those will be the musical version of the poem, Little Orphant Annie. The other, she said, will be my own original song in the country-western/vampire genre called, Your Blood-Sucking Heart.Add a comment