THREE OAKS — In a showing of Three Oaks’ community spirit and pride in its history, a handmade beaded Indian costume from the village’s 1967 Centennial celebration was donated to The Region of Three Oaks Museum (TROTOM) on Wednesday, March 30.

The costume, originally worn by resident David Savage at Centennial events and promotions, ended up in a Coloma antique store sometime after his death in 1993. It was spotted recently by Kent Sechler and Three Oaks resident Pamela Dahms who posted a picture of it on Facebook.

Community members, led by Colleen Newquist, began a fundraiser to pay the $295 price tag and return the costume to Three Oaks. Ultimately, an anonymous donor paid the cost of the costume and all of the funds raised, which reached the $800 mark, were donated to the museum along with an additional $200 contribution from Savage’s niece, Teresa.

“Community members from all walks of life contributed to the effort. That’s what was important to me because that’s what makes Three Oaks Three Oaks,” Newquist said during ceremonies.

TROTOM President Chuck Sittig promised a 1967 Kennedy Silver Dollar from the Three Oaks Centennial to each of the donors.

Savage’s adopted daughter, Andrea, was quite young when the costume was being made but she does remember her father wearing the costume to several community events over the years. Also, a portrait of Savage wearing the feathered headdress that accompanied the costume always hung in the family home. Andrea said the headdress was a favorite of hers and her brother as they were growing up. Museum volunteers are already thinking of ways to recreate the headdress to complete the costume.

The costume will be displayed in the Museum along with a selection of items from the community’s Centennial Celebration including souvenir dishes, buttons, ties and certificates. The celebration included several performances of “Growth of an Acorn” featuring a cast of 300 local residents in an outdoor “thrilling historical spectacular” performed at Memorial Field.

The TROTOM Museum, located at 5 Featherbone Ave., is a volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the social, historic and cultural heritage of Harbor Country. The Museum is open free of charge May through October on Friday-Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Further information can be found at region ofthreeoaksmuseum.com or write trotommuseum@gmail.com.

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