The Cottage Grove Historical Society is currently working on several projects to help preserve and share the history of Cottage Grove and its surrounding area. Current projects include:

Lena Becker Book: Unconventional The Woman Who Changed Cottage Grove

We are in the final stages of publishing a book telling the story of Lena Becker, aka Eva Davenport. The book has completed the editing faze and has been sent to the printers! We hope to be selling the book by the New Year. This is an exciting book and we look forward to offering it to the community. 

Mural Projects 

The summer of 2021 saw the completion of the Buster Keaton Mural Revitalization. The mural committee has decided to remain active and begin looking at other potential murals to add to the communities already significant inventory. Future projects ideas include a mural celebrating the filming of Emperor of the North, a mural honoring Eva Davenport, a mural of The Blue Goose, and a mural celebrating local Olympian Dyrol Burleson. The committee will continue to work to work out details, choose a project, raise funds and see the project through.

New Publication  

We are working to compile a variety of storys that have appeared in past newsletters into a publication that can be sold in the giftshop. Once the stories have been complied we will edit, revise and add any needed updates. The completed publication will be added to our list of books available for sale. Proceeds will be used to help fund the organizations activities and further preservation efforts. 

Ongoing Digitization

Our research library continues to work on digitizing our collections. We continue to scan photo's and articles, converting reel to reel, VHS and other media to modern formats to ensure access to these valuable pieces of data that stores a treasure trove of local history. We also recently began the ongoing project of recording all of our public presentations and creating usable video presentations, adding to our collection and increasing our resources.