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Lane County Historical Museum given stewardship award for helping neighboring organization in need

March 10, 2015

Lane County Historical Museum will be recognized Tuesday at the Lane County Board of Commissioners meeting for its support of the Springfield Museum. The meeting will be at 10:00 am at Harris Hall in the Lane County Public Service Building.

Leaders of the Lane County Historical Society and Museum read in a local newspaper last summer that the Springfield Museum had temporarily closed because of losing its staff.

"As the sole museum in Lane County with countywide responsibility, I wondered how our institution might offer to help in a time of obvious need," said Bob Hart, the historical society's executive director. His board president and vice president had similar thoughts.

Within a week, the two organizations, along with historical society exhibits curator Megan Lallier-Barron, had hatched a plan to loan Lallier-Barron as a part-time curator to the Springfield Museum. For the next two months, Lallier-Barron worked on the Springfield's exhibit program and pending grant projects.

"With the willingness of the Lane County Historical Society and Museum, including Megan, to help us in our time of need, we have been able to be a viable organization," said Springfield Museum board president Christine Stole. "Their professional expertise has been invaluable, but perhaps more importantly has been their friendly neighborly assistance."

Based on its actions, Heritage Programs of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has presented the Lane County Historical Society and Museum an Oregon Heritage Stewardship Certificate.

"The loan of a staff member helped the Springfield Museum, but it has also created ties between the two museums that did not exist, as well as suggesting mutual interests and resources that can sometimes be shared," said Hart.

The Heritage Stewardship Recognition Program was initiated by Heritage Programs of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to raise the profile of Oregonians and Oregon organizations that go the extra mile in protecting the state's heritage.

"We are happy to recognize people doing good deeds for historic resources in the state," said Chrissy Curran, who heads up Heritage Programs.

For more information about Oregon Heritage, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kyle Jansson at heritage.programs@oregon.gov and (503) 986-0673.