|First view on entering the Adler Museum|
After our leisurely room service breakfast, we were ready to do some of that walking around and about that tourists do, so first we went to the Adler House Museum. We happened to arrive just as the museum guide was starting a tour.
Leo Adler lived his entire life in this house, was a major philanthropist in Baker City, never married, and left his fortune to Baker County, including his house. Once he lived alone in the house he closed up the entire upstairs, closed up the front rooms, and only lived in two rooms in the rear of the house. The unused rooms became unheated storage rooms. In some ways this helped preserve household pieces, as they went unused, but weather extremes probably didn't help, and the rooms were never cleaned. Leo was a generous person, and if someone said they liked something, he was apt to give it to them...like the unique lamp at the bottom of the stairs. Leo had given it away to a friend, but museum curators were able to ask for, and get it back. The butler's pantry did not have a full set of dishes because Leo gave many of those away too.
|Leo receives award for good deeds from the Pope|
|for more photos from the Adler House Museum, go here|
After I got my camera out in readiness, and as we showed our tickets we'd got at the first museum (it cost less to visit both), my sweetie pointed out the sign that said no photography was allowed. The clerk told us photos were okay, just no flash was allowed. Good thing, because there was too much to see, and photos help me reflect on and remember things.
|The Crystal Palace|
What might make these little County museums unique are these specific histories. In Tillamook, there's an entire wall of portrait photos of founding citizens (see Elbridge Trask, immortalized by Don Berry in Trask). Here, there was a particular focus on mining and logging history, as well as these scenes featuring the histories of specific citizens. And I wonder, do all these museums have some stuffed animals? I remind myself these animals would long be dead already anyway.
Coming next, our scenic drive. I leave you with the photo of the model for the film set of Paint Your Wagon.
|For more photos of the Baker Heritage Museum collections, go here.|