by: DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION - The Pioneer Mothers Cabin relocation project is 75 percent funded.The relocation of the Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin, previously located on the Willamette River within the Champoeg State Heritage area, began in November 2013, to protect this piece of Oregon history from sliding off into the river. Members of the Champoeg Building and Grounds Committee and the Oregon State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (OSSDAR) have worked tirelessly over the past three years preparing for this event through research, planning and fundraising.

On Saturday, May 31, Judy Van Atta, museum director and DAR member announced at the Oregon State Society’s 100th Annual State Conference in Wilsonville that the project had been awarded two grants.

The Helen E. Austin Pioneer Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation awarded OSSDAR a $15,000 matching grant.

“Our goal was to be able to find funds to match this $15,000 so the trustees could fund this at their usual time, the beginning of June,” Van Atta said.

Austin was an early Oregon pioneer in the Champoeg area.

In addition, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust matched the Austin Grant amount with a $100,000 grant just last week. They awarded an additional $50,000 top-off grant. In order to receive this portion of the grant an additional $50,000 to match must be raised. The fundraising process is in full swing and the hope is to close in on this goal by mid-summer.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust was created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, who was a co-founder of Tektronix, Inc. of Beaverton and a resident of Vancouver, Wash. Since its establishment on June 30, 1975, with a bequest of about $90 million, the Trust has focused its grant-making efforts primarily in five states of the Pacific Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

The trust’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants to organizations that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, cultural and spiritual base in creative and sustainable ways.

“We are excited to have already raised over 75 percent of the funds needed to complete this important preservation project. Funds have come from our DAR community, our local community supporters as well as foundations, such as the Autzen Foundation, the Thompson Foundation and Restore Oregon, as well as the two new grants from the Murdock Charitable Trust and The Austin Pioneer Fund,” Van Atta said. “We believe strongly that our local community supporters will come together and help us reach this final goal of matching the top off grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Our timeline to reach this goal is by the end of July.”

The reconstruction of the Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin is on the grounds of the Newell House Museum Complex, which is located at 8089 Champoeg Road N.E., St. Paul, just one-eighth mile west of the Champoeg State Heritage entrance.

Entrance fees are $4 per adult, $3 for seniors, AAA and DAR members, and $2 for children 12 and under. Summer hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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