This week saw the grand opening of a new permanent exhibit at the Independence Heritage Museum, titled Ella Curran: Feeding the Community.

Over 70 people attended the grand opening that featured speeches from Mayor John McArdle, Ella Curran Food Bank Director, Patty Nevue, Heritage Society board member Roxanne Beltz, and Museum Director Natascha Adams.

“The Ella Curran: Feeding the Community exhibit has been a year in the making,” said Adams. “So many folks helped and supported Amy and I as we researched and built the exhibit.”

The exhibit tells the remarkable story of Ella Curran, the namesake of Independence’s food bank, and digs deeper into the complicated issue of local food insecurity. Additionally, in partnership with Oregon State University’s Food Hero program, the heritage museum will host four free cooking workshops through September and October. These workshops are intended to help families make healthy food choices, provide advice on stretching a meal-time dollar, and how to maintain a basic food pantry.

Visit this exhibit to learn about Ella Curran, the history of the food bank, the impact of food insecurity, and what we can do as a community to help those facing hard times. The museum is open Tuesday – Thursday 10 AM – 6 PM, Friday & Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM, and closed Sunday & Monday.