Newport’s Burrows House Museum will host an open house and autumn social this Friday, Oct. 20, marking the official opening of three new exhibits.
The new exhibits feature objects ranging from a vintage cell phone to a decorative sword made of Chinese coins taken in trade on the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation more than 100 years ago.
The brick-like cell phone is part of an exhibit entitled “Gadget Graveyard: Replaced by the Smartphone,” which also features rotary dial phones, hand-crank phonographs, tube TVs, mechanical adding machines and a host of other devices that have all been rendered obsolete by the multifaceted miracle in your pocket.
Meanwhile, in the Siletz Room, guests can view items from the Clarinda G. Copeland Collection, perhaps the most requested objects in the Society’s care. This traditional exhibit features baskets, beads, dance aprons, headdress, purses, tishai sticks, spears, spoons and more, all displayed in vintage oak and glass cases.
The final exhibit, “Special Delivery: Lincoln County Postal Service History,” explores the history of the county’s once-numerous post offices. The old Eddyville PO boxes, a vintage postman’s uniform and a “sanitary” stamp dispenser are central to this exhibit, which details the rough life faced by mail carriers of old.
The open house will run from 5:30 to 7 pm at the museum, located at 545 SW 9th Street, behind the Newport Armory. A cookie buffet, cider and coffee will be available during the event.
Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.
• At 5 pm, half hour prior to the open house, the Historical Society will hold its annual meeting in the Carriage House, electing new board members and officers. All society members are encouraged to attend and vote.