At The History Museum of Hood River County, we believe a museum is a place not just for storing unique objects, but rather, it’s a place for people to engage, interact and ponder. This is because education involves active participation which is why we offer a wide array of events and exhibitions that range from celebration to education, targeting both adult audiences and the entire family.

May 25 | 6:30pm

The Vanport Flood

This year marks the 73rd Anniversary
of the levee breach on the Columbia
that caused the infamous flood.


The year was 1948 and the community of 18,500 was to suffer unimaginable losses—if miraculously, only 15 deaths.


Vanport was a city of public housing built during World War II on reclaimed lowlands between Portland and the Columbia River, making it especially vulnerable
to flooding.

Join us for the tale of how the second largest city in Oregon was gone in a day.


Map by Maben Manly. Courtesy of Oregon Historic Society Research Library.

Aerial View of Vanport. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Aerial View of Vanport following the flood. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Pat Barry, author and speaker, Pat is a former park ranger and manager of the Visitor's Center at Bonneville Dam for 32-years. Pat enjoys telling stories of the river and the cultures of the people who live in the region.


Len Otto, President Emeritus and long time Board member of the Troutdale Historical Society. Len is an author and speaker who grew up during the time of the Vanport flood and will share his personal experiences and family recordings of the event.

Please check back for details about tickets to this fascinating virtual presentation.

June 17 | 4:00  Check back for information on tickets and venue.




Elizabeth Woody, is presently the Executive Director of the Museum at Warm Springs. In 2018, she was appointed Oregon's eighth poet laureate.


Woody is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and a Yakama Nation descendant and is “born for” the Tódích’íinii (Bitter Water clan) of the Navajo Nation.

Well known for her poetry and as an author, essayist, and visual artist, Woody is also an educator and community leader.  She is a recipient of a National Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.

Elizabeth Woody (Warm Springs/Navajo/Yakama). Photo: Native Arts & Cultures Foundation.


Thursday, June 17 at 4:00

Annual Fall Event
Save the dates!
September 17 thru 19
More information about tickets and schedule to come.

Tales of local personalities
and politics mix with our architectural heritage to sketch Hood River’s colorful history.

The History Museum's ever-popular
Walking Tours of Downtown Hood River

are scheduled to begin again this summer—the dates will be announced as soon as it is determined that the public will be safe in gatherings. No reservations are necessary. We have met at the Hood River Hotel, corner of Oak and First Streets, usually in the mornings to avoid the heat  and we take the 90-minute walk through history.

Private Tours Available

If your social group, weekend guests, or family would like to schedule a private tour, please call to arrange a date and time. Minimum group of 6 people; maximum 15 people.

The tours last approximately 90-minutes and tickets are $10 each —which includes one free entrance to the Museum. Please wear comfortable shoes, a hat and bring water if the forecast is for a sunny day.

WALKING TOURS have been canceled until we can conduct the walks safely.



The History Museum is pleased to offer its galleries as the perfect backdrop to your special gathering. The Atrium Gallery’s soaring architecture provides a dramatic setting for private parties or corporate events. More imaginative than a restaurant, more intimate than a theater, the flexible space has polished stone floors and two-story tall wooden columns.


Musical Performances

The music community has discovered the amazing acoustics of the Atrium Gallery. An intimate venue with seating capacity foran audience of about 80 people, the museum creates a close-
up and personal musical experience.


Private Parties/Corporate Events

Our gracious environment provides a distinctive space for after hours meetings or receptions. Access to a small kitchen area where a refrigerator and microwave are available.


Rental opportunities have been temporarily suspended
until such time as it is safe to assemble.