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.
Theyre doing a big one, and we thought, Its an idea, said Twila Mysinger, the historical organizations president. We knew we had a poster so we thought, Lets tag along and maybe create some synergy. So if people go to the Oregon History (exhibit) maybe theyll hear about ours. Its certainly on a much larger scale, but we knew they were doing it, and we knew we had some stuff.
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 Zimmermans and letters from servicemen.
(The war) was pretty boring here because nothing happened here, but you dont know that when youre doing it, Mysinger said of plane spotting.
The exhibit wont 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 dont want to keep any longer we always would take them.
Mysinger said its 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-695-2597.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT