January 12, 2017
Yesterday afternoon new elections were held at the Annex of the Douglas County Historical Society. Officers voted on were President, Vice-President, and Secretary. The new President of the society is Peggy Rowe-Snyder who was secretary previously. Gwen Bates is continuing on as Vice President. Roxana Grant was voted in as Secretary.
The new President has hope that the society can move into 2017 and beyond by entering the technology age, by having accessions taken from the ‘paper database’ and placed into a digital one that is backed up to the cloud. She also hopes to raise enough funds to have Polly Lane’s dress (that is currently on display) sent in for restoration. Other dreams are a new roof, and paint job for the Floed-Lane House. Lastly, we need to build a cover for a wagon that made the trip from Independence, Missouri to Independence, Oregon for the Oregon Centennial. This is a wagon we will be proud to display but we need materials and volunteers to help us get this done.
The President wishes the public to know that we are a 501(c )3 registered nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible. All proceeds go directly to these goals and more as it is a 100% volunteer organization. We’ve recently received a fairly large donation. The donors wish to remain anonymous, but we’d still like them to know how much we appreciate your gift! Thank you!!
We’d like to thank Limbwalker Tree Service, LLC for their donation of time and equipment to get our old walnut tree taken care of properly and for the help in taking out a lilac as we move ahead in our yard decoration project.
And for a wrap up of 2016, we must say thank you the Umpqua Tribe of Cow Creek Indians, and Mr. Stephen Dow Beckham for hosting a fund raiser this year. Dr. Beckham was our featured speaker. The tribe also had one of their contractors inspect the Floed-Lane house to give us an idea where work is needed and not needed. We so much appreciated their help.
Please watch the newspaper for the coming announcement of our next luncheon meeting in March. Mrs. Janet Fisher will be the featured speaker. Mrs. Fisher is author of “A Place of Her Own” and “The Shifting Minds.” Both are stories about women during pioneer times in Oregon. The first is based on a true story, and the other is a historical novel.
We will be opening the Floed-Lane House as the first phase of restoration work should be finished sometime this coming week. Mr. Jay Trieger and his son are both restoration experts that were very positively referred to us by the Oregon State Preservation Office. We are happy to meet him, and to work with him to get the ‘old’ house back up to snuff! We look forward to opening the house on weekends and for specially arranged tours. If you’d like a specially arranged tour call the President at: 541-391-5649.
We should also thank, Teresa Clemons at the City of Roseburg for helping us with the goal of getting some pass through grants. She’s been working on our behalf, and we are forever thankful!
For 2017 we have an ongoing raffle to help raise funds for the restoration of the Floed-Lane House. We are currently raffling a restored reproduction-made in Germany mold of #1894 by Armand Marseille, circa 189-. She is PeggyAnn, and she is a 17” doll who has a human hair wig. Her bonnet is 1 3/4 yards antique lace. She has shoes, and socks. Her doll slip is vintage organdy. She wears a vintage fine lawn dress and cotton pinafore. Her friend is TeddyBear. Her body is 4 ball jointed porcelain. In every way she is like an antique doll. Doll is worth approximately $385.00. Tickets are $7 each or seven for $20. The drawing will be held in December during our annual Christmas Tea event. If interested in buying raffle tickets please use contact number or email provided in this piece, or speak to any board member. Proceeds will benefit the restoration project of the Floed-Lane House. We thank Mrs. Linda Tipton of Umpqua for her beautiful donation of Miss PeggyAnn for this raffle. If you’d like to see PeggyAnn she is on display at the Floed-Lane House. If your business might be interested in displaying Miss PeggyAnn for us please use contacts provided in this piece.
We are also looking for volunteers from the area. There are a great many things that people can do to help the society meet their mission to safe guard the Floed-Lane House and all the historical artifacts within its walls. If interested in volunteering please call the above number or email: email@example.com
Thank you much, Peggy A. Rowe-Snyder, President
Douglas County Historical Society
544 SE Douglas Ave.
P.O. Box 2534
Roseburg, Oregon 97470