HISTORY MUSEUM NEWS: Alva Day photography exhibit opens Nov. 3

“A Snapshot in Time,” a new exhibit featuring the works of early Hood River photographer Alva Day, will open Sunday, Nov. 3, at The History Museum of Hood River County. It will be held from 2-5 p.m. in the atrium gallery.

A special program is planned for the exhibit opening day: At 3 p.m. photo collection managers Arthur Babitz and Matt Carmichael will explain a little bit about the history of the Day collection as well as a brief summary and scope of the project to preserve these important images.

At 3:30 p.m., “Alva” himself will be portrayed by Cemetery Tales actor Aaron Nice, sharing a story of a hunting trip to Mount Defiance in January 1915.

The event will also launch a new collection of family-friendly activities and hands-on crafts in the children’s exploration space. This event is open to children and families of all ages.

There is no charge for this event or admission to The History Museum.


Alva Day was born in Golden, Colo., in 1887 and died Nov. 15, 1955. He is buried at Idlewilde Cemetery. Day was married to Io Stewart in 1908. He and Io had three children: a son, Carroll, and two daughters, Helen and Emma.

Day was secretary for the Hood River County Game Protection Association. He also worked for Pacific Power and Light for many years and quite a few of his photographs reflect that connection.

The museum has chosen 20 images from the 2,000 in the collection to showcase during the months of November and December.

In addition to the Alva Day photographs, the exhibit team has created a small display of just a few of the museum’s cameras and film projectors to show the variety and changes in personal photography options over the past century.

The museum is located at 300 E. Port Marina Drive, Hood River (exit 64 off I-84). Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information, contact the museum at 541-386-6772 or email thehistorymuseum@hrecn.net.

Museum closed Nov. 4 for OHC meeting

The History Museum of Hood River County exhibits will be closed to the public on Monday, Nov. 4, to host the Oregon Heritage Commission quarterly board meeting.

The OHC board members are appointed by the governor and are established to secure, sustain, enhance and promote Oregon’s heritage, this nine-member, governor-appointed commission has broad responsibilities as a connector and catalyst for hundreds of organizations and thousands of Oregonians devoted to preserving and interpreting Oregon’s heritage resources.

Its programs include the Heritage and Museum grant programs, technical assistance for heritage organizations, and an annual conference. It also gives annually heritage excellence awards and designates Oregon Heritage Traditions and Statewide Celebrations.

The business meeting will also include a tour of The History Museum and a review of several museum projects that have received grant funding over the past few years including the Photo Preservation Project and the World War II Educational Traveling Trunk.

For current information regarding meeting schedule and agenda, contact the commission coordinator at 503-986-0673 or heritage.info@state.or.us.

“The History Museum of Hood River County is honored to have been selected to host this important state-wide heritage meeting and appreciate the community’s patience and understanding regarding the closure for this one day,” said Museum Coordinator Connie Nice.

For more information about The History Museum contact 541-386-6772 or thehistorymuseum@hrecn.net.

Volunteers needed for work week

The History Museum of Hood River County is currently experiencing a backlog of artifacts that need to be accessioned and processed into the museum’s permanent collection. This process includes an evaluation of the donated items to determine their relevancy to Hood River County and the museum’s mission. It also includes data entry into the museum collection database, artifact labeling, artifact photographing and archive storage.

“If you are interesting in learning what happens behind the scenes at the museum, you’re invited to join us as a volunteer,” Nice said.

Training for new and returning volunteers will be Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. followed by a work session until 3 p.m. Additional work days will be Wednesday, Nov. 6, to Friday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


For more information about the collection work week or other volunteer opportunities at The History Museum, contact Carly Squyres, volunteer coordinator, at 541-386-6772 or thmvolunteer@hrecn.net.

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