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Collections | History | Vision and Mission

SPARK YOUR IMAGINATION

 

Through fresh, engaging exhibits, and exciting programs. Permanent Exhibits include: Native American Culture, Pioneer Settlers, Timber and Logging, Agriculture, Recreation, the Hood River Japanese American story, and Luhr Jensen & Sons: Where Legends Were Made.

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OUR COLLECTION

The Heart of Who We Are

This beautiful place along the Columbia River has provided a home for successive peoples and generations. Their intriguing stories and struggles are told through a collection of artifacts, including art, decorative arts, costumes, photographs, tools, agricultural and sporting equipment, and archival documents.

 

From precious Native American material to the first windsurfing board, the diverse holdings of the museum mirror the area’s diverse people and their interests. The vintage photograph collection of over 20,000 items is a strong part of the collection which can be enjoyed by all online at historichoodriver.com

OUR HISTORY

Avid collectors of local stories, the 1907 Pioneer Society later morphed into The History Museum of Hood River County, built in 1978. An active participant in this vibrant multi-cultural community, the non-profit History Museum brings the region’s past and present alive through permanent displays, temporary exhibitions, and programs.
 

Our Vision and Mission

VISION

The History Museum is a vibrant center for engaging all people in a better understanding of the community’s heritage that preserves the past, relates it to the present and shapes our future.
 

MISSION

  • To celebrate Hood River County and the mid-Columbia River Gorge area’s diverse cultural heritage and preserve its unique story.

  • To hold in trust a collection of artifacts and documents relevant to the region’s heritage.

  • To bring to life the stories of this heritage though education, discussion and exhibition.

  • To encourage the value of understanding how history shaped the past, impacts the present, and influences the future.

WHO WE ARE

The History Museum is led by the Heritage Council, a 501c3 non-profit organization. The Council members are a diverse group who have many cumulative years of experience in education, law, business, retail, social work, government organizations, the arts, historic research, and various other local community cultural and governmental entities.
 

Present Council members are:
Debby Chenoweth, Chair   
Pat Evanson-Brady

Jean Harmon  
Elaine Johnson

Heidi Nastasi, Secretary       
Nancy Pavlenko, Vice Chair   

Greg Simpson
Tina Weekly,
Treasurer 

541-386-6772

300 E Port Marina Dr, Hood River, OR 97031

MAILING ADDRESS / PO BOX 781, Hood River, OR 97031

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