Brooks Historical Society
New this year during
Save your quarters for the BHS Steam-Up Book Sale. Over
1000 books for sale for $1 or less. Everything from sports to science fiction,
from cooking to crime stories! Browse the titles at our museum during Steam-Up
while you munch on your favorite snack from our food tent.
Historical Society Members and friends are offering tiny quilts for dolls in
several sizes. They range from crazy quilt designs to classic squares, to modern
prints and designs.
This sale will continue through the Steam Up Quilt Show held during Steam Up on the last weekend of July and the first weekend of August. Come take a look at our current selection in the museum.
The French Prairie Heritage Rose Garden
The Mary Ann Egan Rose is an important and historic contribution to the French Prairie Heritage Rose Garden.
After a long and difficult journey, Patrick Egan and his wife, Catherine Canty, arrived in the French Prairie in 1852. Six years later, their fourteen-year-old daughter, Mary Ann, died of pneumonia. A white moss rose was planted on her grave where it thrived for many years, with the family gathering every Memorial Day to clean the grave, care for Mary Ann’s rose, and celebrate her brief life. In the 1950s the cemetery board requested that all graveside plantings, including Mary Ann’s memorial rose, be removed to ease cemetery maintenance.
Ann’s niece, Adele Egan, saved the rose almost sixty years ago, by moving it to
her family’s 1875 farm where it continues to bloom year after year in memory of
little Mary Ann. The rose and this
heartfelt story are a welcome addition to the French Prairie Heritage Rose
Garden, and the
The rose garden is in the first phase of this construction
on the campus of Antique Powerland Museum Association (APMA).
The rose garden is planted in six themed collections. Of
local interest are roses brought across the
If there is a rose in your French Prairie family, or Willamette Valley family, that you would like to contribute to this growing collection of living history, or to inquire about becoming involved in this project by volunteering time, or giving financial support, call Brooks Historical Society board member, Dorene Standish, at 503-393-2053.
Adele Egan pictured with the Mary Ann Egan Rose
Video Recordings of Elders in the FrenchPrairie Area
Brooks Historical Society members are preserving oral histories of elders in the area. Their experiences range from farming, life in the armed forces, life in an internment camp during World War II, to inventions and innovations and their effect on lives and families.
The members of the interviewing and recording crew started as amateurs, but are improving steadily. We would love to have an experienced video editor to help us with our project. Contact us if you are interested.
We show selected videos in our museum to complement our other exhibits. We also offer the videos for sale to the public. See our Publications for Sale page.