Brooks Historical Society
Newsletters & Other News
Covid-19 Alert: The Brooks Depot Museum is open by appointment only in 2021. Until then - we are grateful for all of your support and look forward to the time when we can gather once again to renew friendships, make new friends, and share our history and artifacts at our Brooks Depot Museum. Check our Facebook page for our most recent updates
Cruising Through Powerland
Though Powerland Heritage Park remained closed to visitors for the duration of 2020, the association of museums arranged for several “drive through” events, one on each of our main celebration dates; Fourth of July, the last weekend of July and the first weekend of August, and the traditional truck show date in August. Participants enjoyed over a mile of winding road through the Park, with most museums displaying items from inside their museums including a few operating machines such as steam tractors and small steam engines, plus a scavenger hunt. Here is a photo of our Brooks Historical Exhibit.
There is a plan in the works to have a drive through event highlighting Christmas lights on museums and exhibits during 6 evenings during the Christmas season, donation only. Check our Facebook page for details.
Brooks Celebration Day 2021 is Cancelled
Brooks Celebration Day 2022
Though delayed by one year, the Gervais High School Reunion celebrating 100 years of Gervais High School is slated for June 18, 2022. Check our Facebook page for current details.
Our Re-Designed Agent's Office in the Depot
During the past year, with effort by Leah and Ed Duda, the agent's office has been repainted and re-designed to look more like it did in the 1900s. Enjoy the effect of walking into a train station office much as it would have appeared then. Future work will re-open the old reception area, when our office can be moved to the caboose.
Our Caboose, CBQ Waycare # 14411
Work continues on the repair of our 1911 caboose, which we will use as an office and storage area, freeing up room in the museum to restore it more fully as it was as a working depot. For more information, see the Current Project link.
Farm House Museum
Members of Brooks Historical Society, particularly Dorene Standish, have helped finish and furnish the Farm House Museum near the entrance to Powerland Heritage Park.
Two rooms, a kitchen and a parlor, are available to view, furnished in the style of an early 20th century farmhouse. Be sure to visit for a view of home life during the time when steam engines were in their prime.
Great Oregon Steam-Up
Join us for the Great Oregon Steam-Up at Powerland Heritage Park, the last weekend in July and the first weekend in August. In 2021, PHP will celebrate 50 years of holding this event!