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We exist to inspire, entertain, educate and involve our local community and visitors from around the world, in the stewardship of our unique history.
We exist to inspire, entertain, educate and involve our local community and visitors from around the world, in the stewardship of our unique history.

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Watch for these exciting speakers coming up for May at the Museum!

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May at the Museum- the Bowman Museum - Thursday May 14, 2015
 
Our Journey with Food
By Author Tammera Karr
 
TAMMERA  J. KARR, PhD, is an author, public speaker, educator and clinician. Tammera has served as a nutrition advisor to wellness programs, presented for community college education programs, and currently writes a weekly health column, reviews and contributes to national board exams, and is a contributor to online newsletters.
 
 A Native Oregonian, Tammera established an Integrative Medicine Partnership in 2006 and currently works in a clinical setting with others to provide clients with tools to take control of their health. Tammera provides personalized nutrition consultations, in states not restricted in person, phone or through the internet. Her clinical and education practice is ever-evolving to meet the needs of clients, the public and fellow practitioners striving to empower those they meet.
 
The program takes place at the Bowman Museum Annex, 238 N. Main Street in Prineville.  Admission is free. The program starts at 6:30.  The series is co-hosted by Friends of Crook County Library and the Crook County Historical Society/Bowman Museum.
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Here is what is happening at the Bowman Museum April 30th, May 7th, May 14th, and May 21st. It is all free admission and we hope to see you here. Visit our website to learn more: http://crookcountyhistorycenter.org/
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Here is what is happening at the Bowman Museum April 30th, May 7th, May 14th, and May 21st. It is all free admission and we hope to see you here. Visit our website to learn more: http://crookcountyhistorycenter.org/
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Great turnout for our last lecture of this year's Saunders Lecture Series, this one with Rick Steber.
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Saunders Memorial Lecture Series at the Bowman Museum
Thursday October 30, 2014
Rick Steber, author, All Around and the 13th Juror
 
In week five of the Saunders Memorial Lecture Series, we hear from author Rick Steber about his new book about the notorious murder of national rodeo star Mac Griffin in Prineville in 1964.
 
Joining Rick at this presentation will be one of the original defense lawyers, Jim Minturn and a key eye witness, Jim Bothum. The program takes place at the Bowman Museum Annex, 238 N. Main Street in Prineville.  Admission is free. Doors open 6:00PM, program starts at 6:30.  The series is co-hosted by Friends of Crook County Library and the Crook County Historical Society/Bowman Museum
In the book Rick Steber tells the story of the shooting in Prineville of All-Around cowboy, Mac Griffith, after a drunken brawl.  The shooter is arrested and charged with murder.   Steber does a masterful telling of the ensuing trial and events leading to the tragic event.  Many locals remember the shooting but until now a clear telling of the incident has not been revealed.
 
Rick Steber is the author of more than thirty books.  He has received national acclaim and numerous awards for his writing.  In addition to his writing, Rick is an engaging Western personality and has the unique ability to make his characters come alive as he tells a story.
 
For more information call the museum at 541-447-3715, email Gordon.gillespie@co.crook.or.us
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Announcing our new website, check us out! Official launch date October 1st, this preview provided by our alter-net ego crookcountyhistorycenter.org (bowmanmuseum.org will go live by October 2nd).

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The Fall  quarterly meeting for the Crook County Historical Society will be held at the Crook County History Center on Sunday September 7, 2014.  The History Center is located in the newly renovated building adjacent to the Bowman Museum.  The meeting will begin with a potluck dinner at 1:00 P.M.  Please bring your own place setting.  All members and the general public are welcome to attend.  Members are encouraged to bring a guest.
 
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The McCormack Ranch 
Presented by Runinda Robertson McCormack
 
            William U. and Ellen (Dahl) McCormack along with their son William R (Bill) moved to Bear Creek in 1943.  Bill took over management of the ranch after his father’s death in 1956.  Bill married Donna C U’ren in 1957.  They had 3 children, William D, Jeff and Kelley.  William D and Jeff returned to the ranch and became partners with Bill and Donna in the early 80’s.  Kelley and her family live in Beaverton.
            The ranch has grown throughout the years by the purchase of adjoining ranches.  The growth has enable the family to continue to ranch with the next generations.
            Bill and Donna still live at the ranch. Bill helps where and when he can.  Donna continues to be and will always be the social director and cook (she cooked for the hired hands in her early years as a new bride on Bear Creek) on the ranch.
            Son Bill is the manager of the farming operation and is the ranch mechanic.   Billy’s wife Jeri is a teacher in Prineville and between them they have 4 children, Christopher (Valerie) just graduated from law school, Cindy, who is an LPN in Bend, Kurt (Jamie) who lives in Joseph and has a livestock supplement business and Janey who is a teacher in Hermiston.
            Jeff and his wife Runinda (Robertson) manage the cattle operation.  Runinda handles the ranch bookkeeping duties and well as the McCormack Recreational Ranch.  They have two children, Holli Kingsbury (Ryan) and Tyler (who will be getting married next June to Barbara Jayne Lerwick).
            Holli, Ryan, Tyler and Barbara Jayne are the next generation of McCormack’s to ranch on Bear Creek. 
            As our family continues to live and work on Bear Creek, we daily are reminded of the settlers who were here before us as most of our pastures continue to be named for those early pioneers.
 
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The Fall  quarterly meeting for the Crook County Historical Society will be held at the Crook County History Center on Sunday September 7, 2014.  The History Center is located in the newly renovated building adjacent to the Bowman Museum.  The meeting will begin with a potluck dinner at 1:00 P.M.  Please bring your own place setting.  All members and the general public are welcome to attend.  Members are encouraged to bring a guest.

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The McCormack Ranch 
Presented by Runinda Robertson McCormack
 
            William U. and Ellen (Dahl) McCormack along with their son William R (Bill) moved to Bear Creek in 1943.  Bill took over management of the ranch after his father’s death in 1956.  Bill married Donna C U’ren in 1957.  They had 3 children, William D, Jeff and Kelley.  William D and Jeff returned to the ranch and became partners with Bill and Donna in the early 80’s.  Kelley and her family live in Beaverton.
            The ranch has grown throughout the years by the purchase of adjoining ranches.  The growth has enable the family to continue to ranch with the next generations.
            Bill and Donna still live at the ranch. Bill helps where and when he can.  Donna continues to be and will always be the social director and cook (she cooked for the hired hands in her early years as a new bride on Bear Creek) on the ranch.
            Son Bill is the manager of the farming operation and is the ranch mechanic.   Billy’s wife Jeri is a teacher in Prineville and between them they have 4 children, Christopher (Valerie) just graduated from law school, Cindy, who is an LPN in Bend, Kurt (Jamie) who lives in Joseph and has a livestock supplement business and Janey who is a teacher in Hermiston.
            Jeff and his wife Runinda (Robertson) manage the cattle operation.  Runinda handles the ranch bookkeeping duties and well as the McCormack Recreational Ranch.  They have two children, Holli Kingsbury (Ryan) and Tyler (who will be getting married next June to Barbara Jayne Lerwick).
            Holli, Ryan, Tyler and Barbara Jayne are the next generation of McCormack’s to ranch on Bear Creek. 
            As our family continues to live and work on Bear Creek, we daily are reminded of the settlers who were here before us as most of our pastures continue to be named for those early pioneers.
 
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Bridal Gowns: Something Old through Something New
June 2nd thru June 22nd -- Bridal Gowns: Something Old through Something New, a three week long exhibit, is hosted by the Crook County Historical Society.

Take a walk down the aisle this June, at the Bowman Museum. This exciting new temporary exhibit showcases the evolution of bridal gowns from the 1850s through current trends. 15 gowns of very different styles and silhouettes will be on display June 2nd thru June 22nd at the Bowman Museum Annex, 246 N. Main Street in Prineville. Admission is free.

For more than 2000 years, June has been the most popular time of year for weddings to take place. The Crook County Historical Society is celebrating this tradition by displaying 15 beautiful wedding gowns. One of the most impressive gowns in the collection is a lavender taffeta gown worn in 1851 that was carried across the Oregon Trail. Lavender was not an uncommon color for a bridal gown in those days. Although brides had worn white in the past, it wasn’t considered practical to wear a color that couldn’t easily be worn again. It wasn’t until 1840 when Queen Victoria insisted on wearing the purest hue for her marriage, that white wedding gowns became a rising trend.

It’s a bridal shower tea party! Join the Crook County Historical Society for cake, cookies, lemonade and tea from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Friday, June 13th, to view this wonderful collection!

For more information call the museum at 541-447-3715, email bshunk@co.crook.or.us or visit the web page at www.bowmanmuseum.org.
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