Our Past Builds Our Future!
Site preparation has been completed for construction in the summer of 2013 of the new Coos Historical & Maritime Center. This history-centered gathering place will help heighten enjoyment and awareness of the region with significant cultural and economic benefits for all. The new CH&MC is designed to celebrate our unique regional identity and heritage. It ensures that today’s visitors, and future generations, will understand the story of the people, places, and events that make Oregon’s South Coast special.
This community resource, created by and for the hard-working people of Coos County, reflects core regional values: authenticity, hospitality, and self-reliance. We hope YOU will join the hundreds of others who are helping to bring this project to completion! Please click on the "Donate Now" icon to the left and find out how easy it is for you to make a contribution.
Location and Funding
The prominent bay-front property is east of Highway 101, along historic Front Street across from the Sun Printing Museum in Coos Bay. (Click here to see map) The site was generously donated for this project to the Coos County Historical Society by the City of Coos Bay’s Urban Renewal Agency. The Society has hired architects and other design and engineering consultants, contracted with local service providers, created partnerships with other local non-profits, and nearly completed the funding required to make this dream a reality.
Despite a difficult economy, including a lack of state and federal funds, determined local donors have thus far provided enough support to trigger more than $1.5 million in additional foundation grants so that construction can proceed. Now we need YOUR help to raise the last funds necessary to complete and furnish this exciting new gateway to the beauty and treasures of Coos County.
The exterior of the CH&MC was designed to evoke waterfront buildings of the early 1900s. Many buildings had large print signs (see Marshfield waterfront, left) and varied roof lines (see North Bend wharf, right). The monitors along the rooftop and down the east face of the new Center will allow some light into the building by day and to shine out by night.
CH&MC from the east (waterfront) and west (highway)
CH&MC from the north (parking lot) and south (plaza)
View from the southwest (plaza entrance)
View from the northeast (parking lot entrance)
The interior was designed to encourage social interaction and enjoyment of our waterfront, including:
Who We Are, What We Do
The 11,000 square foot Center will provide a modern and attractive setting for one of the region’s oldest community supported institutions. Since 1891 when Coos County citizens formed our historical society, the organization has grown in its efforts to preserve the history of the South Coast. Over the years, patrons have donated over 50,000 artifacts and 250,000 images – all focused on our region - to the Coos County Historical Society, a non-profit organization with no government funding.
The Society has hired a professionally-trained collections manager to create frequently rotated exhibits, has created an award-winning local history education program reaching all county 4th and 5th graders, has led history-based field trips and hikes, and has aided in the research used in a number of books and video production.
Research and presentations
Field trip to a local dairy farm
The new Center will be located near other historical sites on Front Street, like the Marshfield Sun Printing Museum, the Coos Bay Iron Works, and the Coos Bay Boardwalk.
Coos Bay Iron Works
Coos Bay Boardwalk
Oregon’s South Coast residents have a long heritage of living and working along the rivers, sloughs, bays, lakes, and ocean coastline. The Coos Historical & Maritime Center will tell the authentic story of the entire region and create a positive memory of the South Coast for its visitors, providing numerous itinerary options and a reason to stay a little longer as folks tour the region. The Center will be a starting point for a “South Coast Adventure” as visitors and residents orient themselves to our past and learn about the many exciting places in the area to discover.
The Coos Historical & Maritime Center will be a beautiful new hub of activity for cultural events, an important education and research facility, and a great place to host community events. Showcasing the South Coast waterways heritage will also be an important component in the economic redevelopment of the region. (Click here to read highlights of the recent “Sustainable Design Assessment Team Report”)
Take a positive step toward the revitalization of our region by becoming a donor to the Coos Historical and Maritime Center.
“Our Past Builds Our Future”
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Coos Historical & Maritime Center
Donor Naming Opportunities
ALL DONORS, regardless of amount of contribution, will have their names included on a beautifully designed donor board located in the new Center’s lobby on a wall across from the reception desk. At higher levels of donation, some naming opportunities are limited and will be assigned on a “first-come, first served” basis. Naming opportunities below marked "reserved" have already been claimed by donors.
Under $500 “Mariners”
Example plaque listing:
South Slough: Bob Smith
Bandon: John Doe, Sue Jones
Possible Floor Map Places (for $5000)
Tenmile Lakes Lakeside
Elliot State Forest Oregon Dunes
South Slough North Bend
Pacific Ocean Coos Bay
Millicoma River Empire
Coos River Charleston
Riverton Isthmus Slough
Sunset Bay Myrtle Point
Coquille River Sitkum
Cape Blanco Remote
Sixes River Langlois
Mt. Bolivar Port Orford
Hwy 101 SWOCC
CB Wagon Road Coaledo
Shore Acres Hwy 42
Stair 1, Stair 2 (reserved), Stair 3, Stair 4 (reserved), Stair 5, Stair 6 (reserved), Stair 7, Stair 8 (reserved), Stair 9, Stair 10 (reserved), Stair 11, Stair 12 (reserved), Stair 13, Stair 14, Stair 15, Stair 16, Stair 17, Stair 18, Stair 19
Museum Store Windows
Community Hall Windows
Staff Area Windows
Or, if you prefer, your name(s) could be displayed as a donor on our Directors office on Floor 2 or one of our three Artifact Storage Rooms 1, 2, or 3 or on one of the restroom entrances.
If you prefer, at this $50,000 donor level, one of these specific rooms will be named exclusively in your honor and a sign displaying your name will be prominently mounted:
Welcoming Gallery: case A
Welcoming Gallery: case B (reserved)
East wall lobby: case C (reserved)
East wall lobby: case D
West wall lobby: case E
West wall lobby: case F
Reception Desk (reserved)
Exhibit Preparation Room
Small Exhibits Gallery (reserved)
Flagpole & Parking Lot Landscaping (reserved)
Maritime Exhibit (reserved)
Timber and Mining Exhibit (reserved)
Native Culture Exhibit
Society & Culture since 1850
Special Exhibits Gallery (reserved)
Research/Archive Room (reserved)
Museum Store (reserved)
(Note: the "Exhibit Bridge" on the 2nd floor level is also a naming opportunity. As this is a newly designed and optional structure that will take additional funds to construct beyond our basic building, it will be a naming opportunity for a new donation.
North and South Entrance plaque (reserved)
Exhibit Hall Wing (reserved)
Contact Steve Greif (home ph. 541.756.7871) or home email (email@example.com) for more information on any of these naming opportunities.