Julia Dodson's 1908 diary entry mentioning the roses that gave Rose Lodge its name.

If you struggle to keep from touching the exhibits during visits to museums and art galleries, the North Lincoln County Historical Museum in Lincoln City has the perfect solution — a virtual exhibit titled “Every Artifact Has a Story.”

This online exhibit focuses on artifacts based on the stories that they possess, rather than their aesthetic value alone. Many of these artifacts come from deep in the museum’s collection and others are currently on display. Some of these artifacts have had a long journey before being preserved at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum, while others tell the stories of Native American and pioneer life in North Lincoln County. Many of these artifacts have been cozy in tissue paper and acid-free boxes, patiently waiting for their turn to shine and to reveal their intriguing stories.

Visitors to the North Lincoln County Historical Museum will get to discover stories behind a Native American basket, a cone-top beer can found in the museum’s wall, a claw-foot tub, a velvet quilt, a battered travel trunk, a diary from an early pioneer and many more.

Go to www.northlincolncountyhistoricalmuseum.org and click on the virtual exhibit logo to get started. Once you’re there, click on any of the 14 artifacts to reveal their stories through newspaper articles, documentation, information, links, historic photographs and more.

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