June 17, 2019 9:30 a.m.
The Douglas County Museum is hosting a free “Mammoth 50th Anniversary” celebration on Saturday July 20th.
The event will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the museum grounds and will be filled with tons of kid’s activities, games, face painting, booths, food trucks and live music. Dan Harmon and Cascade Country will play at 3:00 p.m. with Ty Curtis at 5:00 p.m. Journey Tribute Band, Resurrection performs at 7:00 p.m.
The museum was established by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners in 1969, and opened its doors for the first time in August that year, in conjunction with the start of the county’s fair. A release from County government said the museum is the 1989 recipient of the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, for excellence and leadership in the field of local history. It was also a recipient of a top 10 Best Fan-Favorite Destination in Oregon award for 2019.
The release said the museum has the state’s largest natural history collection on display with more than 7,500 items that are used to tell the ancient and contemporary stories of the Umpqua Valley. The museum also houses one of the northwest’s most comprehensive plant collections in its research herbarium with nearly 3,000 catalogued specimens.
The museum is recruiting people to help with the Mammoth party. Help is needed to assist those who have questions, to direct traffic, and to help with children’s activities.
Go to www.umpquavalleymuseums.org for more information.