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300 E Port Marina Dr, Hood River, OR 97031, USA

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©2019 by The History Museum of Hood River County

ABOUT US

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.

The Children's Exploration Space features hands-on activities and educational displays for families and children of all ages.

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OUR COLLECTION

The Heart of Who We Are

This beautiful place has provided a home for successive peoples and generations. Their intriguing stories and struggles are told through collection 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 great strength

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:

Mary Ellen Barilotti, Secretary    
Debby Chenoweth,
Chair   
Jean Harmon    
Elaine Johnson,
Museum Store 

Heidi Nastasi    
Nancy Pavlenko,
Vice Chair    
Roberta Schweller 

Greg Simpson
Tina Weekly,
Treasurer