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Museum becoming research area

Posted: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

The Lincoln County Historical Society’s Log Cabin Museum is pictured at the time it opened in 1963. The building was closed May 4 be converted to a library and research facility open to the public. (Courtesy photo)

The Log Cabin Museum of the Lincoln County Historical Society temporarily closed at the end of the day on Saturday, May 4, in preparation for changes to convert it to a publicly accessible library and research facility.

“The research library has outgrown its space and needs room to grow, which the Log Cabin can provide,” said Steve Wyatt, executive director of the society. “Each day the current library is open we have researchers and interested visitors using the facility.”

The change also makes sense with the opening June 28 of the society’s Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center on Newport’s Bayfront. The cabin’s most popular exhibits, Hands-On History and the Siletz Reservation story, will be moved to the Burrows House Museum and the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center.

The history of the Log Cabin goes back to 1958 when the Lincoln County Historical Society took steps toward building a new museum.

“It has long been the wish of the historical group to have a suitable museum…items of historical interest are now scattered over the county in private homes and public buildings where most of them are not accessible by the interested public,” a Dec. 18, 1958 article reported.

For the complete article see the 05-08-2013 issue.

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