CHEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2013.
CHEC stands for: Curtis Heritage Education Center
Curtis: Myron and Betty Lou Curtis started collecting horse drawn vehicles and sleighs of all types as well as period equipment in 1970. They eventually accumulated over 100 horse drawn vehicles and thousands of period artifacts which offer a snapshot of Victorian through Edwardian time in American life. This collection is one of the largest assemblages of horse drawn conveyances in the United States.
The Curtis Horse Drawn Transportation Collection is comprised of many rare and high quality vehicles with international, regional and local significance that were collected during many years of extensive travel in the United States and Canada. Many of the vehicles have been partially or completely restored while others are in original condition. The Curtis Family is forming a charitable foundation with this collection as its centerpiece.
Heritage: The Curtis’s recognized the value of remembering one’s heritage. Along with the Curtis Collection, they researched the origins and uses of the items in the collection. The technologies used to make the items in the Curtis Collection were used in everyday life. These technologies are the basis of technologies used today. Knowing where we came from will help us find where we are going.
Education: We will not only be a museum but also an education opportunity. CHEC will offer classes at the CHEC center and during community exhibits. Classes at the CHEC Museum will include wood, leather, fabric and metal restoration and fabrication. These skills will be used to restore and repair horse drawn vehicles.
Center: CHEC is in the process of designing, funding and building a museum at Powerland Heritage Park in Brooks, Oregon (just South of Wilsonville). Antique Powerland is a campus made up of 15 museums and they have offered to help CHEC locate there. The new building’s vintage exterior facade will blend with other structures on the campus while the interior will provide a space for restoration and eduction with classrooms and display areas. Library and research components complete the multi-faceted CHEC facility vision.