Moving on – Benedictine Sisters to leave monastery site

January 2023 Posted in History & Culture, News, People | Comments Off on Moving on – Benedictine Sisters to leave monastery site

By Stephen Floyd After 134 years, the Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel will be leaving the Queen of Angels Monastery, with plans to repurpose part of the facility as transitional housing for families in need. Membership within the monastic community has been ...

Building turns 100, ‘new’ cartoon displayed

January 2023 Posted in History & Culture, News | Comments Off on Building turns 100, ‘new’ cartoon displayed

At the Silverton Country Historical Society’s annual meeting vice president Fred Parkinson will present a talk about historic Silverton architecture, specifically a building that recently turned 100 years old. Now serving as the local branch of Citizens Bank, 217 E. Main ...

History tidbits: How much do you know about Mount Angel and Silverton?

December 2022 Posted in History & Culture | Comments Off on History tidbits: How much do you know about Mount Angel and Silverton?

By Melissa Wagoner A stroll through Mount Angel or Silverton can feel like a walk through the past – if you know where to look.  Kennedy High, the Mount Angel Abbey, Coolidge McClaine Park, even Silver Creek – all of these landmarks ...

Gone, but not forgotten – Old Oak Tree emblem refurbished

November 2022 Posted in Arts, History & Culture | Comments Off on Gone, but not forgotten – Old Oak Tree emblem refurbished

By Melissa Wagoner There is no symbol in Silverton’s history more iconic than that of the “Old Oak Tree,” a meeting place initially for the Native tribes of the Molalla and Santiam area and eventually for the white homesteaders who settled ...

Wright’s vision – Plan integrates Gordon House indoor/outdoor experience

September 2022 Posted in History & Culture | Comments Off on Wright’s vision – Plan integrates Gordon House indoor/outdoor experience

By James Day When famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright was working on his Usonian house design, one of the goals was to integrate as much as possible the outdoor spaces and the home’s interior. The Gordon House, the lone Wright-designed home in ...

End of an era: Silverton’s oldest newspaper closes after 142 years

September 2022 Posted in History & Culture, News | Comments Off on End of an era: Silverton’s oldest newspaper closes after 142 years

By Stephen Floyd When The Silverton Appeal was established in 1880, the city was barely older than the paper’s founder, 25-year-old Henry Guild. The Appeal outlasted numerous competitors during its early decades and survived two world wars, the Great Depression, the rise ...

Bobbie Day – Silverton celebrates its far-ranging dog

June 2022 Posted in Arts, Events & Holidays, History & Culture | Comments Off on Bobbie Day – Silverton celebrates its far-ranging dog

By James Day Silverton’s favorite collie/shepherd mix, Bobbie the Wonder Dog, who traveled on his own more than 2,500 miles to rejoin his family in the 1920s, has been on the move again. And cloned. [caption id="attachment_11548" align="alignright" width="268"] The Bobbie clone ...

Relief effort – Silverton pastor returns from Ukraine mission

April 2022 Posted in Community, History & Culture, News, People | Comments Off on Relief effort – Silverton pastor returns from Ukraine mission

By James Day Silverton pastor Kurt Barnes is back from a week-long Ukrainian relief effort in Poland. He returned tired, inspired and eager to continue to help. Poland has become ground zero for refugees from the conflict in Ukraine, and Barnes, a ...

Back home – Unearthed photograph returns to Portland, thanks to volunteers

February 2022 Posted in History & Culture, People | Comments Off on Back home – Unearthed photograph returns to Portland, thanks to volunteers

By Fred A. Parkinson Sometimes, things just work out. Through a serendipitous chain of events, a long-forgotten artifact has found its way back to its original neighborhood.  As a member of the Silverton Country Historical Society with an avid interest Silverton’s architectural ...