Umatilla County Historical Society receives $25,000 grant from Union Pacific

Contact: Tom Winn, Board President

Umatilla County Historical Society receives $25,000 grant from Union Pacific

Pendleton, Oregon The Umatilla County Historical Society was recently awarded a grant
for $25,000 from the Union Pacific Foundation for capital improvements to the Heritage
Station Museum Complex. Eastern Oregon Business Source Community Development
Coordinator Karen Willis wrote this grant. The capital improvements include replacing the
heating and air conditioning units, repairs to the breezeway between the museum buildings,
and an upgrade to fencing to ensure the safety and security of museum staff, patrons, and
museum property.

“The Historical Society has had from the beginning a special relationship with Union Pacific,
and that relationship has strengthened over time. Together, we share a love of Umatilla
County history, and the wonderful museum that stores and exhibits our stories” said
Umatilla County Historical Society Board President Tom Winn.

The Heritage Station Museum is housed in a converted 1909 Union Pacific railway depot.
Extensively remodeled and expanded in 2003, it currently serves approximately 3,200
patrons every year. With the upcoming installation of the Umatilla Gold exhibit, which
highlights the history of the wheat industry in Umatilla County, the museum anticipates as
much as a 15% increase in the number of annual patrons.

“The capital improvements to the building are so important in order for us to keep
welcoming new visitors and groups to the museum for years to come. I’m so grateful for
the partnership with Union Pacific; their support for these capital improvements shows a
commitment and value to telling the story of Umatilla County,” said Umatilla County
Historical Society Executive Director Kari Brooks.


Brad McMasters
Events & Outreach Coordinator
1067 E. Isaacs – Walla Walla, WA 99362

October 3, 2019

Milton-Freewater – Following a successful first workshop in Walla Walla in June, Walla Walla Community Hospice (WWCH) is taking their “Are You Good to Go?” End-of-Life Care planning workshop on the road. “Our service area includes all of Walla Walla County, Columbia County and NE Umatilla County. This workshop was so impactful; we want more people in our region to experience it.” shared WWCH Outreach Coordinator, Brad McMasters.

A little over 40 people attended the June event that had a panel consisting of an attorney, a physician, a Hospice social worker, and a Hospice Spiritual Care Coordinator. The workshop used the Five Wishes, an easy-to-use legal advance directive document written in everyday language. “It’s a unique program because it speaks to all of a person’s needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual.” added McMasters. The workshop addressed such topics as: Choosing a person to make health care decisions when you are unable, addressing the preferred (and least preferred) types of medical treatment, preferences related to levels of comfort, how you would like to be treated by others, and what you would like loved ones to know upon your passing. McMasters shared that, “People were engaged. There was deep discussion and there was laughter. They were excited to go home and share their detailed wishes with their healthcare providers and their loved ones.”

The next scheduled event is on Saturday, November 2nd from 1-4pm at the Milton-Freewater Library at 8 SE 8th St. The WWCH team believe this workshop would be ideal for anyone at any age. An RSVP is recommended so WWCH knows how many packets to create and how many refreshments to bring.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Walla Walla Community Hospice at 509-525-5561 or


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