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Cottage Grove Museum To Use Oregon Grant To Improve Titanic Exhibit


Cottage Grove Historical Museum coordinator Tara Sue Hughart (center left) and board chair Becky Venice look over artifacts at the museum that include a coat which was worn by a survivor of the Titantic sinking. Museum volunteers plan to use a recently acquired Heritage All-Star Grant to preserve and update the exhibit.

Cottage Grove Historical Museum coordinator Tara Sue Hughart (center left) and board chair Becky Venice look over artifacts at the museum that include a coat which was worn by a survivor of the Titantic sinking. Museum volunteers plan to use a recently acquired Heritage All-Star Grant to preserve and update the exhibit.

Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard

Two years ago, a couple from Belfast, Ireland, traveled to Cottage Grove to see a coat that had been worn by a longtime resident who had survived the sinking of the Titanic.

The burgundy-colored wool coat, which was inherited by a relative of Marion Wright Woolcott, its original owner, is displayed at the Cottage Grove Historical Museum. While it draws some Titanic fanatics — the Irish couple had a relative who had helped build the Titanic — many do not even know it is there, museum volunteers said.

To draw more attention to the historic coat, the museum plans to use a $1,200 grant it recently received from the state to improve the exhibit in which it’s displayed, said volunteer Cathy Bellavita.

“Part of the reason we want to improve this exhibit is so we can raise its visibility a little bit,” Bellavita said. “We want to let people know it’s here.”

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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