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Heslin House exhibit to focus on WWII homefront

“Stealing” from the Oregon Historical Society, the East County Historical Organization is curating a complimentary exhibit centering on World War II.

“They’re doing a big one, and we thought, ‘It’s an idea,’” said Twila Mysinger, the historical organization’s president. “We knew we had a poster so we thought, ‘Let’s tag along and maybe create some synergy.’ So if people go to the Oregon History (exhibit) maybe they’ll hear about ours. It’s certainly on a much larger scale, but we knew they were doing it, and we knew we had some stuff.”CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS: EAST COUNTY HISTORICAL ORGANIZATION - These posters are examples from World War II that will be on display at Helsin House in June.

That “stuff” includes posters collected by Isobel Zimmerman from her classroom and focuses more on the homefront than the war overseas. Mysinger said the posters are more positive because they were being sent out to high schoolers.

The theme builds from there with victory gardens, plane spotter cards from the Zimmerman’s and letters from servicemen.CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS: EAST COUNTY HISTORICAL ORGANIZATION - These posters are examples from World War II that will be on display at Helsin House in June.CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS: EAST COUNTY HISTORICAL ORGANIZATION - These posters are examples from World War II that will be on display at Helsin House in June.

“(The war) was pretty boring here because nothing happened here, but you don’t know that when you’re doing it,” Mysinger said of plane spotting.

The exhibit won’t open at Heslin House until June 20, but ECHO is soliciting items from the community to build the experience.

“It would be interesting to see if anyone has anything to offer,” she said. “It was also a way to remind people that if they have things they don’t want to keep any longer we always would take them.”

Mysinger said it’s often that she hears of people having a family member die and be unsure of what to do with the artifacts they may have. ECHO will take it, she said.

As they move froward with setting up the exhibit, most of Heslin House will be cleared out to make room for the themed items. Those who may want to donate or loan items should contact Mysinger at tmysinger@echohistory.com or 503-695-2597.

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