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Big grant helps spruce up Newport’s Maritime Museum

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY RECEIVES GRANT FROM KEN AND JUDY DOERFLER ESTATE
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The Lincoln County Historical Society has received a $200,000 grant from the Ken and Judy Doerfler Charitable Trust, part of the estate of the late Ken Doerfler who died in 2010. His wife, Judy, died in 1999. The estate is administered by Ken Doerfler’s son, also named Ken.

Of the total, $75,000 will go towards immediate renovations to the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center and also will help match a $200,000 tourism grant from the Newport City Council; $125,000 will go to the Oregon Coast History Center Foundation and will support future Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center renovations.

“This donation comes at an opportune time for the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center project, and we are extremely grateful. It also helps us match the funds given to us by the City of Newport,” said Steve Wyatt, society Executive Director. “While there has been a great deal of interior renovation work completed by volunteers, to passersby it looks static. This has recently changed, and it is now a hub of renovation activity.”

The $75,000 donation went toward painting the exterior of the building and other work currently in progress. “It is great that so far we have been able to use local contractors for this community project,” Wyatt added.

Ken Doerfler Sr. was born in 1929 in Renova, Montana. After his father died, he and his mother moved to Salem. He served in the Navy in WW II. In 1950, Ken moved his wife and three children to Newport. He owned and operated several businesses and in 1955 he opened a one-man insurance agency, Ken Doerfler Insurance. That business thrived and grew to employ eight people. He sold his interest in 1983 but he continued to work at the agency until 2008.

Judy Doerfler was born in Salem. After coming to Newport and raising three children, she worked for several years as the secretary for Newport High School.

The Lincoln County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Lincoln County. It operates the Burrows House and Log Cabin museums located at 545 SW Ninth Street in Newport. The museums are free and open to the public. The Burrows House Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Log Cabin Museum is open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Part of a donation from the Ken and Judy Doerfler estate is going towards painting the exterior of the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center. The painting is being done by Phil Rilatos, Jr. of Eagle Painting.

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