Amidst rumors and seemingly conflicting sentiments expressed by members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, National Society (DAR), Louise Taylor, a chapter regent of the Daughters presented to the Lakeview Historical Society Thursday, Sept. 19 about the future of the Schminck Museum. A recent Herald and News article included statements from the Daughters’ chairwoman of the state board which oversees the Schminck, Joan Hunter, which Taylor said made it look like Hunter wouldn’t mind the museum closing.
Though she admits she isn’t fond of being on boards, Taylor, as regent of the local DAR chapter, is also on the board for the Schminck. According to her, Lulu Schminck’s will, which set aside her house and belongings for the museum, also specifies that if the Daughters fail to maintain the museum, it goes to the Oregon Historical Society.
Hunter said that it isn’t accurate that the museum will go to the Historical Society. She wouldn’t attempt to explain the legal details of the will, however, as she is not an attorney.
Hunter was sorry that the members of the local Daughters chapter saw the article
in the Herald and News as negative. She didn’t think that it was. The local members were concerned that the announcement of the museum’s financial issues made it seem like the museum was in some danger of being dropped from funding by the Oregon DAR.
While it’s true that Hunter stated that the museum had been a financial burden to the Oregon DAR, she also said that the numbers back it up, with the Oregon State Society DAR spending around $5,000 to $6,000 each year to keep it going according to their State Treasurer. The process of dropping that funding isn’t a simple matter, though, explained Hunter.
“For anything of this magnitude, each chapter has to be notified,” she said, referring to the matter of dropping the Schminck from being associated with the Oregon DAR.
“The closing of the Schminck doesn’t depend on me, it depends on the members of Oregon State Society DAR and delegates who they appoint to vote at the annual state meeting.”
In outlining the process, Hunter said, first there must be a recommendation to the executive committee of DAR state officers. Then chapters around the state would be informed of the upcoming vote well in advance of the annual state conference where it would be decided. Chapters would then have the chance to select delegates to vote in the manner that each chapter felt to be right after a period allowing for discussion among the members, Hunter explained.
She also stated that the best way for DAR members to be informed was to attend state meetings, minutes of which are available to members online.