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Fort Dalles Museum Birthday Celebration

29 Aug 2015 2:47 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

Fort Dalles Museum Birthday Celebration 

Fort Dalles Museum will be celebrating its birthday is Monday, August 31st. There will be a birthday cake to celebrate the day...

Fort Dalles Museum is the oldest museums in The Dalles, and one of the oldest museums in the state of Oregon. The Surgeon’s Quarters was opened as a museum on August 31, 1905 by the Old Fort Dalles Historical Society through the assistance of the Oregon Historical Society.  Built in 1856, the building is the last of the officer's quarters of the former Fort Dalles. The only other remaining building is the gardener's cottage which was moved to the former fort grounds from its location near The Dalles High School.

It is truly the jewel of The Dalles, Wasco County, and the Columbia River Gorge.  The museum later expanded with the addition of the antique vehicle collection comprised of horse-drawn and automobiles that are housed in two separate buildings on the old military grounds.  The Anderson Homestead (house, barn, and granary) joined the museum complex in the late 1970s.

As part of the birthday celebration, the Fort Dalles Museum/Anderson Homestead Foundation will be spearheading a benefit for the museum.  The Foundation will be seeking contributions in the amount of $110.00. That’s one dollar for every year that the museum has been operating. This will provide funds to update the museum’s lighting and add additional period-appropriate lighting to the rooms which do not have lights. 

The lighting project will be in conjunction with the electrical upgrades that will occur at the museum this fall through a grant from Northern Wasco County PUD.  The grant also covers updating the heating system, adding air conditioning, and insulating the building. Upgrading the lighting will provide better illumination during the evening events as well as during the winter months which will allow the museum to be open.

Contributions will be accepted at the museum during the concert or at the museum. Checks should be made out to the Fort Dalles Museum Foundation and mailed to PO Box 591, The Dalles, Oregon  97058. A receipt will be sent by mail to the donor. Those interested in more information should contact the museum at 541-296-4547

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