Clackamas County Historical Society recovers 40% of potential revenue from event space.
Thanks to generous donations, a new HVAC system was installed at the Museum of the Oregon Territory on May 4th.
In early 2020, the Clackamas County Historical Society’s HVAC system on the third floor failed, making events impossible in the CCHS’s Tumwater Ballroom, which generated 40% of the historical society’s revenue. Fortunately, according to CCHS Marketing Director Waldo McGinnis, the Clackamas County community donated 27% of the total goal of $ 143,000, or just over $ 38,000, which CCHS used as a down payment to secure a loan to cover installation costs.
“The COVID-19 pandemic had already profoundly affected Tumwater’s operations; however, the paralyzed HVAC system ensured that the ballroom would not be able to host events at full capacity due to this critical system failure.” said McGinnis. “However, we are still happy about financial donations, as these contributions would help to relieve our reserves and ensure better financial stability for the institution.”
McGinnis said the historic society is “eternally grateful” to its supporters who helped make this HVAC installation a reality.
“We know last year was a particularly difficult one, and we appreciate your donations even more,” said McGinnis. “Please know that the Clackamas County Historical Society would not be here without your contributions. While the HVAC units are now installed, we are not out of the woods yet. ”
The CCHS loan is due by the end of the calendar year, so donations of all sizes continue to be accepted on clackamashistory.org for more information on the museum’s exhibits and services.
“The less money we have to pull from our reserves, the more exhibition updates and relevant programs we can make available to the community in the years to come,” said McGinnis.
On April 7, the Museum of the Oregon Territory returned to full operating hours, four days a week.
MOOT overlooks the Willamette Falls, which changed the region’s industry by powering mills and electricity, as shown by the exhibits in the museum. MOOT is home to petroglyphs and Native American artifacts, the original maps of Oregon City from 1850 and San Francisco from 1851, a piece of the Willamette meteorite, original items from 19th century immigrants to Clackamas County, and thousands of other objects, photographs, and documents representing the Reflecting the history and culture of Clackamas County.
The MOOT is located at 211 Tumwater Drive in Oregon City and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. Admission is $ 8 for adults, $ 5 for children ages 5-17, and $ 7 for seniors 65 and over. Veterans get free entry with ID.
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