The rustic little building at the corner of Third and Pontiac Streets in Yachats has been a part of this coastal community for generations.
Built in the shape of a cross from local timber hauled down the Yachats River, the Little Log Church was completed and dedicated in 1930. It was served by ministers from the Oregon Conference of the Evangelical Church, and later by pastors from the Presbyterian Church. When the congregation grew too large for the little building, members built a new church a few blocks away, and the Little Log Church and property was sold to the Oregon Historical Society on the condition it be maintained as a museum. The site was deeded to the city of Yachats in 1986.
The building underwent a complete restoration in 1993, made possible by enthusiastic community support and the loving hands of volunteer workers.
Today the Little Log Church Museum houses a rich treasure of local historical artifacts as well as contemporary works on loan as exhibits. It is still regularly used for weddings, memorials, and special events in addition to fine arts exhibits.
Little Log Church and Museum
By Mary Crook, Events Coordinator
“Crazy” is more than a song by Patsy Kline.
One of our exhibits at the Little Log Church is a beautiful silk and velvet quilt donated by a local family. We don’t know much about it other than it dates from 1880 to 1883, and there are some very intriguing illustrations sewn or appliqued into the pieces: There is a fireman’s hat, musical notes, a chaff of wheat, and other cryptic symbols. The stitching is elegant and elaborate. Its random patterns define it as a crazy quilt.
Visitors who know about quilting admire it with awe. I, however, -- one who would rather put a shirt into the rag bag before sewing on a button -- had been totally ignorant of the skills and intricacies involved in such hand crafts. So I decided to do a little research on crazy quilts. I learned a great deal, and now have a greater appreciation for the treasure in our museum.
It seems the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1886 was a big event in Victorian society. One of the most popular exhibits was about the Japanese technique of crazed ceramics and asymmetrical art. Ceramics appeared to be cracked in odd patterns. Popular women’s magazines of the time encouraged incorporating the crazed patterns into quilts. They showed how to incorporate asymmetrical pieces of fabric together in abstract arrangements. Hence the term “crazy quilt”, which did not mean wild or wacky, but rather something broken into random pieces.
It became quite the rage in the late nineteenth century. The pieces, although they appeared to be haphazardly placed, were very carefully planned, and many hours were spent cutting shapes and experimenting with various arrangements before actually sewing them together. It was more than an exercise in sewing and stitching; it was an opportunity for women to socialize, be creative, and have some fun.
So next time you stop by the Little Log Church and Museum take a closer look at the beautiful silk and velvet quilt, imagine the intricate planning that went into its creation, and appreciate the exhibit at the Japanese pavilion that started the fad of the late nineteenth century. Crazy, huh?
Little Log Church & Museum 547-3976
Hours: 12 - 3 pm / M, T, W, F, S & S; Closed Thursday
328 West Third Street / PO Box 712, Yachats OR 97498
Director: Karl Christianson.
City of Yachats Museum Exhibits
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