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By Aliya Hall
The Chronicle 

Built by the McKenzie River

For first time, Springfield Museum opens 6-month exhibit


January 23, 2020

Aliya Hall/The Chronicle

Museum Curator Maddie McGraw stands next to a 1939 drift boat made by Wood "Woodie" Knoble Hindman, which was shared by the McKenzie River Discovery Center with the museum for the exhibit.

SPRINGFIELD - When it comes to local rivers, Springfield Museum Curator Maddie McGraw said people tend to first think of the Willamette, though the McKenzie River has a long and meandering history of its own.

For the next six months, the Springfield Museum is showcasing the history and impact of the river in its exhibit, "Built by the River: Stories from the McKenzie."

"The river is so important for so many reasons," McGraw said, noting its fundamental impact on Springfield during its early development. "It helped us and we need to help it."

Two of the biggest highlights for her is having o...

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