Monday, September 8, 2014

Jane Kirkpatrick Latest Novel Release at Benton County Museum

UPDATED Sept. 11, 2014

The book talk and signing by Oregon author Jane Kirkpatrick to be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Benton County Historical Museum in Philomath will not be given by the author.

Ms. Kirkpatrick regrets to inform her readers and followers that she has had a death in the family and will not be able to lecture on Saturday.

Substituting for Ms. Kirkpatrick is Janet Meranda and Dr. Bob Zybach, both of whom helped the author with her research for the book, "A Light in the Wilderness". This historical novel is based on a Benton County, Oregon pioneer, Letitia Carson, one of the first African-American women to cross the Oregon Trail. 
Pre-signed copies of the new release will be available for sale at the event. Previous Kirkpatrick titles will also be available. 

There will be no charge for the lecture. The new title will be available for purchase along with previous titles.

"A Light in the Wilderness" is Kirkpatrick's 26th book.  Her latest historical novel is based on an early pioneer of Benton County, Letitia Carson, one of the first African-American women to cross the Oregon Trail, give birth along the way and settle on a claim with her common law Irish husband, David Carson. 

A Million Dollar Promise

Benton County Historical Society supporters Peter and Rosalie Johnson have presented us with a $1 million challenge. If we can raise $1 million in new gifts and pledges by the end of February 2015, Pete and Rosalie will match that amount.

Rosalie Johnson stressed the importance of people in the future being able to see the struggles and triumphs of previous generations. “Museums are a link, a bridge, between the past and the future,” she said. Pete added that BCHS was particularly important to the couple because, “The Society’s museum is in some ways Oregon State University’s museum too since it now houses the former Horner Museum collection.”

We now need to match the million. Please consider joining the Johnsons by making your own generous gift.
If you have questions about this challenge, would like to discuss a gift or know of others who might add their support, please contact Executive Director Irene Zenev at the museum, 541.929.6230.

Learn more about the Corvallis Museum at

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

President Theodore Roosevelt artifacts at Benton County Museum

Teddy Roosevelt pink lusterware tea service purchased at Sagamore Hill, New York

In preparation for a visit to our museum by Joe Wiegand (who is acclaimed as the nation's premiere Theodore Roosevelt reprisor), Benton County Museum has put on display a variety of artifacts and photographs from the museum’s artifact collection.  Over the span of several months we posted them on our Facebook page, and they're compiled here for a quick reference to this collection of Teddy Roosevelt artifacts. 

Sagamore Hill, New York

Sagamore Hill was known as the “Summer White House” during President Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency from 1901-1909.  According to the National Park Service, “Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. and his wife Eleanor Alexander Roosevelt built the house they called ‘Old Orchard’ in 1937-1938 on four acres of land purchased from Ted’s mother in the Sagamore Hill apple orchard.”  A public auction was held after Eleanor’s death in 1960.  Two years later Sagamore Hill became a National Historic Site and it continues to be maintained by the National Park Service.

Teddy Roosevelt's love of coffee was well known.  He often drank a gallon a day, sometimes with as many as seven lumps of sugar in one cup.  His son, Ted, Jr., said his father's coffee cup was "more in the nature of a bathtub."
 Pink lusterware Tea Service
Pink lusterware Tea Service
Maker unknown
circa 1790
This hand-painted pink lusterware tea service came from Old Orchard, Sagamore Hill, Long Island, the home of Theodore Roosevelt, Junior. It was purchased from an estate sale after the death of Roosevelt's wife in 1960.

Lusterware was developed near Baghdad in the ninth century, used by the Moors in Spain, and revived in England in the 1800s. The iridescent effect is created by painting with gold oxide over a glazed object and firing again.

Invitation to visit the White House, 1902 

White House invitation and envelope
from First Lady Edith Carrow Roosevelt
to Hon. & Mrs. Charles C. Reid
Tuesday, April 29, 1902

Congressman Reid (D-AR) served as U.S. Representative from 1901-1911.

In 1911, Theodore Roosevelt was seeking nomination as the Progressive Party’s candidate for President.  Traveling by rail to the party’s convention in Portland, he made a brief stop in Eugene where he spoke for an hour to a large crowd. 

Oregon Trail Monument Expedition Postcard

Washington pioneer and Oregon Trail historian Ezra Meeker met with President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907. Meeker traveled by covered wagon from Puyallup, Washington, to Washington D.C. in support of preserving and commemorating the Oregon Trail.

In a speech in 1899, Theodore Roosevelt set forth his personal philosophy of a “strenuous life.” A part of that speech and a facsimile of his signature appear below a bas relief portrait on this bronze plaque.

Theodore Roosevelt statue dedication program, Portland, Oregon, USA
Invitation to the dedication and unveiling of the statue of Theodore Roosevelt
Portland, Oregon

In 1922, Dr. Henry Coe, a long-time friend and supporter of Theodore Roosevelt presented this statue to the city of Portland.  The 18-foot bronze statue by New York sculptor Alexander Phimister shows Roosevelt dressed in the Roughrider uniform he wore for the famous assault on San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War.  The statue is located in Portland’s Park blocks between Jefferson and Madison Streets. 

Minton China from the Roosevelt White House

Minton China from the White House
This fine Minton china was imported by Gilman Collamore & Co, which was located at Fifth Ave & 30th Street, New York, from 1861 until approximately 1920.

 Teddy Roosevelt campaign button
Campaign button

President Roosevelt stereograph card

Front and reverse views of a stereograph photo of President Roosevelt's inauguration, March 4, 1905.

Roosevelt exhibition at Benton County Museum, Oregon, USA (
Teddy Roosevelt artifacts at
Benton County Museum
Philomath, Oregon

Some of these artifacts were donated to the Horner Museum.
Oregon State University Horner Museum Collection
sponsored and supported in part by the
Horner Museum Fund.