COOS BAY — At the Coos History Museum, 2018 is all about veterans, and hosting four exhibits during the year. According to Susan M.G. Tissot, executive director of Coos History Museum, "This is a new era for us. We are now featuring — changing, limited time, exhibits on our mezzanine — the first of which is from the Smithsonian."
The Smithsonian's Patriot Nations exhibit opens to the public at the museum with a reception 4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 1. "The exhibit is about why Native Americans serve in the US Military. We have the exhibit for just two months; last day for the public to to see it is April 29."
"We will start in the Sprague Gallery on the main floor at 4 p.m. with a posting of the colors, an invocation by Chief Brainard of The Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Coquille Indian Tribe and some other speakers. Then the Color Guard will lead the attendees up the stairs to the exhibit. Light refreshments will be served in the Sprague," said Tissot. "We are partnering with both the CIT and the CTCLUSI tribes.
"Due to generous grant support by by the Coquille Tribal Community Fund and Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Keizer Fund, general museum admission will be waived for veterans and their spouses March 2 through Dec. 30," said Tissot.