Collections | History | Vision and Mission
SPARK YOUR IMAGINATION
Through fresh, engaging exhibits, and exciting programs. Permanent exhibitions include: Indigenous Culture, Pioneer Settlers, Timber and Logging, Agriculture, Recreation, the Hood River Japanese American Story, and Luhr Jensen & Sons: Where Legends Were Made.
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 historic photograph collection of over 20,000 items is a strong part of the collection, many of which can be enjoyed by all online at historichoodriver.com
The Pioneer Society meeting of 1913, assembled in front of the Riverside Church on State Street.
Avid collectors of local stories, the 1907 Pioneer Society later morphed into The History Museum of Hood River County.
Created in 1978, The History Museum is an active participant in this vibrant multi-cultural community. The non-profit Museum brings the region’s past and present to life through permanent displays, temporary exhibitions, and programs.
Our Vision and Mission
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.
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.
Debby Chenoweth, Co-Chair
Pat Evenson-Brady, Co-Chair
Erica Roulier, Secretary
Nancy Pavlenko, Vice Chair
Tina Weekly, Treasurer