Kelly Cannon-Miller and Deschutes Historical Museum


This is the penultimate “Little Did I Know” that I will have the honor of presenting at Central Oregon for now.

And leaving a series like this behind, which meant so much to me and resonated with viewers, wouldn’t be complete without giving a nod to the woman who almost became my co- animator.

Kelly Cannon-Miller, executive director of the Deschutes Historical Museum.

She’s the real deal, people.

“I have a master’s degree in public history from Portland State University. I graduated from Portland State University and worked with the Oregon Historical Society and the National Park Service on my thesis,” says Kelly.

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Kelly and the museum have been a goldmine of stories for me and a great place to get entertaining yet informative insights into what built this area we love as they have a passion for what they do.

“Nothing is ever really lost in history for me. It’s just us remembering them. There’s a difference. So being able to present stories is always fun and for me being in able to tell people things that make them say, ‘A-ha!’

I asked Kelly to tell me a bit about the place that helped launch “I did not know.”

“We are standing in front of the Deschutes Historical Museum, operated by the Deschutes County Historical Society. This is the historic Reid School building built in 1914.”

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Brothers George and Ed Brosterhous were hired to build the school, but George made a fatal mistake that would align it with the school’s history, and central Oregon and “I did not know” still.

Some say he haunts the building to this day.

“Unfortunately it fell on a brother of Brosterhous in the construction business. George was on the roof in June 1914. Nobody was there. The structure was finished, but the stairwell was not finished Something happened and George fell off the roof into the unfinished stairwell and they found him dead in the bottom. So George Brosterhous is our resident ghost.

After the Reid School ran its course, the local government found itself preparing for a major national historic celebration in 1976 and decided it was time to take a serious look at the history of Deschutes County. .

“The county commissioner met and said we need to work on our bicentenary plans. Part of this became a collaboration with the American Association of University Women – AAUW – a large, still existing group, to form a historical society.

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The wheels were in motion for what visitors come to see today.

“The school district transferred the school to the county. They turned to the Historical Society and said, “Would you like to open the museum? and the brand new Historical Society said “Yes” and we opened on July 4, 1980.

The museum is not just a dusty place. They not only serve as historians and archivists, but they bring incredible stories to life in their exhibits, many of which have been featured in this lucky guy’s stories.

“We’re having fun moving around in this area where we’re exploring new stories, more things for you to know people to feature on ‘Little Did I Knows.'”

If you find yourself looking for a bit of “A-ha”, take a trip to the Historical Museum. Tell ’em that guy from “Little Did I Know” sent you.

So where is Scott going? He recently got engaged and is moving in with his future wife.

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