The Cottage Grove Historical Society is currently working on several projects to help preserve and share the history of Cottage Grove and its surrounding area. Current projects include:
We have put together mini lessons about a variey of topics. These are available on our website. We hope that this will provide stimulating and engaging historical content for our members and the local community.
McFarland Cemetery Sign & Davenport Grave Marker
In 2017 we installed an informational Kiosk at the base of the steps to the cemetery. This kiosk shares information about the McFarland family and local Kalapuya Indians. In this next step, we will create and install a sign at the entrance of the cemetery with information on the individuals interred at the site. This includes early American settlers and their decendents as well as four local area Kalapuya tribe members. We will be working with members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde to ensure that we honor and respect the tribal members who are buried at the site.
Many of our board members have expressed a desire to place a grave marker on the grave of Lena Becker, aka Eva Davenport. For nearly a decade we have discussed and dreamed, and finally we are able to move forward with solid plans to make this happen. Through personal donations and grant funding we are excited to be working on the final stages of ordering a headstone to be placed at Fir Grove to honor this local resident who died in 1905. Her life was challenging and her cause of death has been long debated, but she is most certainly a local legend worthy of a prominent spot in our towns history.
These projects were completed in 2020. Virtual dedication events occured for both location via Facebook Live in Dec. 2020. Video of these events can be found on our facebook page.
Funding for these projects included a grant from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
We are working to compile a variety of storys that have appeared in past newsletters into a publication that can be sold in the giftshop. Once the stories have been complied we will edit, revise and add any needed updates. The completed publication will be added to our list of books available for sale. Proceeds will be used to help fund the organizations activities and further preservation efforts.
We continue to record our monthly presentations and work to edit, polish and create a video that is then added to our library. We currently have several video's published, however we are also working to catch up on a backlog of videos.
Our research library continues to work on digitizing our collections. We continue to scan photo's and articles, converting reel to reel, VHS and other media to modern formats to ensure access to these valuable pieces of data that stores a treasure trove of local history. We also recently began the ongoing project of recording all of our public presentations and creating usable video presentations, adding to our collection and increasing our resources.
Heritage All Star Grant
This state funded grant distributed by the City of Cottage Grove, was used to update our computer and digital storage system. With a new desktop office computer, including increased storage capacity, we are better able to continue to digitize our collections and maintain up to date programming access. This grant also provided the needed equipment to develop this new website you're browsing now.