New Display at TCPM

November 18, 2011

There is a new Kilchis Point disply up at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum (TCPM) in the Native American room!  Although it is small, the display talks about the Tillamook villages around Tillamook Bay, population numbers, disease, and showcases a few artifacts associated with Kilchis Point.

Feel free to stop by the museum at 2106 2nd Street in Tillamook, OR.  The museum is open Tuesdays thru Sundays from 10 am – 4pm.  To learn more about TCPM visit our:

Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Tillamook-County-Pioneer-Museum/187649420149

Website – http://tcpm.org/

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Take Our First Poll

November 11, 2011

Kilchis Point Day Camp

November 10, 2011

The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum and the Bay City Arts Center hosted a day full of exploration and discovery for 40 local kids between 4th-8th grades.  Beginning the day at Kilchis Point, kids took a hike to Doty Creek, played a food web game, completed a scavenger hunt and played a compass game.  The kids were bused a short distance to the Bay City Arts Center where they ate lunch, did art projects, dissected owl pellets, and listened to Native American storyteller Tom Doty.

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Visit the Bay City Arts Center website at – http://web.mac.com/baycityartscenter/site/Welcome.html

Visit Native American Storyteller, Tom Doty’s website at – http://www.dotycoyote.com/

A sincere THANK YOU to the following supporters:

Sprit Mountain Community Fund – Interpretive kiosk and parking area

Ford Family Foundation – Native garden, benches, and arbor

Oregon Cultural Trust – Cultural Assessment

Oregon Community Foundation – Environmental education program

City of Tillamook – Advertising

Oregon Humanities – Tom Doty speaker

Tillamook County Pioneer Association – Pioneer Settlement trail signs

Tillamook County Historical Society – Design, making, and hanging the Kilchis Point quilt square

North Coast Lawn – labor and materials for parking area and trail development

Don Averill – labor and materials for parking area and road installation

City of Bay City

Bay City Arts Center

Tillamook Estuary Partnership

American Association of University Women – Native tree plantings

Future Plans…

November 9, 2011

TCPM plans to have all three permanent trails installed by 2015.

A bird watching station will be among the first structures built at Kilchis Point with a tentative completion date November 2012.  It will be located on the southern end of the property where birds are most frequently spotted.

TCPM would also like to construct interpretive buildings such as a Native American Longhouse and Pioneer Center.  These structures will enhance visitor’s understanding of the area and provide space to exhibit artifacts associated with Kilchis Point’s history.

Ongoing Happenings

November 9, 2011

A second temporary trail leading east-west is being cut for future public access.  In addition, work has begun to map and mark the locations of permanent bridges to jump wetland areas as well as possible permanent trail locations.

Interpretive signage for the permanent trails has already begun with over 20 signs completed.

TCPM continues to evolve the Kilchis Point Education Program and welcome any school groups that want to learn about the area.

Bus Parking and Paved Trail

November 9, 2011

Construction of a bus parking area has begun to allow for easy and safe access for visiting school groups.  Work
has begun on a paved trail similar to the one at the main trailhead, will be installed from the bus parking area.
Interpretive signage tailored for children will also be installed in this area.