Brooks Historical Society
Second Annual BHS Steam-Up Book Sale!
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.
Dezotell Museum Features "Then and Now" Exhibits
This season, Brooks Historical Society provides exhibits in the Dezotell Museum on crops and home life “then and now.” These exhibits will be up during the summer season, through September. So, if you miss our "Brooks Then and Now" celebration, you can have a taste of it from a tour of these exhibits.
Farm House Museum Opening
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.
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.