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Putting car history on special display

Putting car history on special display

The A. R. Bowman Memorial Museum strives to offer new and interesting exhibits that are relevant to the Crook County community.

By Ramona McCallister, CO Reporter

New exhibits will be set up at Bowman Museum for one year, displaying a comprehensive history of the automobile and the history of the Crook County Rodders Club, including its trophies and charitable work.

The museum's community center, The Crook County History Center, offers permanent exhibits that tell Crook County's story — including local Native Americans, homesteaders, timber, ranching and farming history, as well as Les Schwab's story. In addition, this space offers a temporary home for informative traveling exhibits and other displays. A new exhibit from the Crook County Rodders will soon be open for visitors to enjoy, beginning Feb. 1.

"They have agreed to come in and build their own cases for this, and also write the copy (for the history)," museum Director Sandy Cohen said.

He added that the display will be in place for approximately one year, and it will have one display case that gives a comprehensive history of the automobile and another that depicts the history of the Crook County Rodders Club, including its trophies and charitable work.

Lynn Arnett, president of the Crook County Rodders Club, explained that the car club was established approximately 15 years ago. He emphasized that the Crook County Rodders is more than shining up cars and showing them off. "It's about what we have done in the community for 15 years," Arnett said.

The Crook County Rodders have raised and donated approximately $34,000 at various events, all of which has been used to better the local community and for national organizations that support military members and first responders and their families. "We like doing that," Arnett added.

Some of the projects the club supports include fundraisers for Stryder Doescher, a local child who had medical conditions including epilepsy, connective tissue disorder and congenital heart defects. The group raised money to help purchase a service dog for Doescher, as well as a van to help transport him, his wheelchair, dog and oxygen tank to doctor appointments. Crook County Rodders also supports 4VR RIP, a national organization dedicated to restoring unfinished classic vehicles left behind by servicemen and women and first responders who are killed or wounded in action.

"It's a great hobby for lots of us folks, but our club tries to do more with giving back to the community, so I think that's one of our advantages," Arnett said. Members of Crook County Rodders are building the display cases, working to finish them before the exhibit's opening. The exhibit will remain for approximately one year. In addition, the club will have a classic 1934 Hudson Terraplane in the display room at the Crook County History Center for one week, prior to the Cruise to the Center of Oregon car show in July.

Read this article online at the Central Oregonian website.

People From Our Past brings history to life at Bowman Museum

People From Our Past brings history to life at Bowman Museum

On-going Series Features People from the Past

Tuesdays in December

Crook County library and the A.R. Bowman Museum present
A SPECIAL PEOPLE FROM OUR PAST PRESENTATION: Till’s Tales - the story of Mr. John Brown
An African-American Rancher in Oregon.

From cowboys to can-can girls, madams to ministers, craven opportunists to pious emissaries of civilization, Crook County was built and settled by colorful characters. Now, for the first time, modern-day folks can chat with a few of these historical figures – no time machine required.

A partnership between the Bowman Museum and the Crook County Library, People of Our Past will bring a historical reenactor to the museum’s community room every Tuesday (times may vary -- see poster for details). Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch and learn about a figure from Crook County’s distant past.

The idea for People of Our Past came out of a successful event held at the Bowman Museum during the Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Program. Titled Night at the Museum, that program featured multiple reenactors and storytellers, some drawn from Prineville’s Ochoco Players theater troupe. Night at the Museum drew a crowd of about 80 attendees of all ages and represented a new kind of collaboration between the library and the museum – one that both organizations were eager to continue and build upon. “We were already having a lot of success with the Saunders Lecture Series and May at the Museum programs, which are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Crook County Library,” said Assistant Director of Library Services, Jane Scheppke. “We were interested in trying out something creative and collaborative that would appeal to all ages and take advantage of local talent. Our first attempt went so well that we had to keep that momentum going.”

“It has been my experience that living history presentations are one of the most effective ways to engage visitors,” said Bowman Museum Director, Sandy Cohen. “It is our goal to both educate and entertain, and this approach affords us the opportunity to do both. It’s especially great that Prineville has such a rich history of characters to choose from. We’re excited!”

The library and museum plan to continue People of Our Past through the month of May. Future programs will see appearances by early homesteader Alice Day Pratt and vaudevillian/philanthropist Kitty “Klondike Kate” Rockwell.

For more information about this series of free programs, please contact Adult Services Librarian Amber Smith at (541) 447-7978 ext. 315, or Museum Director Sandy Cohen at (541) 447-3715 Located in Prineville, The Bowman Museum gathers, preserves and makes available museum records and other material relating to the history of Central Oregon. The Bowman Museum stimulates an interest in, and knowledge of, local history. To learn more visit us at

Crook County Library provides traditional and innovative library resources and programming to Crook County residents of all ages. It is an environment where people come together for lifelong learning, enjoyment, and connection. To learn more, visit them at

Crook County library and the A.R. Bowman Museum present A SPECIAL PEOPLE FROM OUR PAST PRESENTATION