The Carvings of Hallie Heacock

Wood panel made of many different kinds of veneer wood, 1953. OHS Museum 71-56.106

October 22, 2020 – February 14, 2021

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Hallie Heacock was born in Parsons, Kansas, in 1881. He spent his time in Alaska, Canada, Washington, Idaho, and Montana, before settling in St. Helens, Oregon, in the 1920s. In 1898, at the age of sixteen, Heacock set out for Alaska and the Canadian Yukon Territory with his father, joining the Klondike Gold Rush. It was during these years that Heacock began what would become a lifetime hobby and passion: carving ivory and wood pieces from around the world.

Heacock’s carving hobby came naturally to him. His chosen topics were broad, and he drew inspiration from famous drawings, magazines, and early motion-picture actors. His carvings also reflect life in the mid-twentieth-century and memories from time spent in Alaska and Oregon.

Heacock carved hundreds of pieces in his lifetime. On display in the exhibit is a small selection of the collection that he donated to the Oregon Historical Society. The collection includes over 160 items that Heacock carved, etched, and sketched between 1904 and 1966.