About Us

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159 West Lincoln Street (map & directions)
P.O. Box 262
Oregon, WI  53575




Tuesdays: 10am – 4pm
Saturdays: noon – 4pm (June, July, August)
First Saturday of the month: noon – 4pm (September through May)


Mission Statement:

The purpose of the Oregon Area Historical Society shall be to preserve, advance, and disseminate knowledge of the history of the Oregon area.


Our Background:

The Oregon Area Historical Society was chartered in 1987, the inspiration of a group of local residents who shared an interest in preserving and sharing the history of Oregon and the surrounding area.

Establishing and housing a potential museum was a goal of the charter members.  When the Oregon Lumber Company building on West Lincoln Street became available, it was purchased and donated by Florice Paulson in memory of her parents and grandparents.  Dedication of the museum was held on May 18, 1991–the year of Oregon’s 150th birthday.  The museum opened in October, 1992, while work was still in progress.


Past Presidents:

Dave Gasner (2010-2016), JoAnn Swenson (2008-2010), Karen Everson (2005-2007), Melissa Destree (2001-2004), Robert Gefke (2000-2001), Norm Champion (1996-2000), Florice Paulson (1993-1996), Eeda Lumley (1987 – 1993)


Board Members:


JoAnn Swenson – 4244 Hwy 138, Oregon WI 53575; 608-835-3043


Dixie Brown – 427 Janesville St., Oregon, WI 53575; 608-279-2577


Lynda Farrar – 298 Waterman St., Oregon, WI 53575; 608-835-3426

Treasurer/Building Manager:

Dennis Farrar – 298 Waterman St., Oregon, WI 53575; 608-835-3426


Museum Coordinator/Tuesday Crew:

Melanie Woodworth – 124 Washington St., Oregon, WI 53575; 608-835-0475


Other Board Members:

Rachel Brickner

Dave Gasner – 608-835-8627; dgasner@charter.net

Bernard Peterson, Jr. – 1031 Flint Rd., Oregon, WI 53575; 608-873-7655

Kermit Traska – Historic Lincoln Street, Oregon, WI


Loaning Closet Coordinator:

Open position. Please contact the OAHS if you like to contribute your time and talents to volunteer as coordinator for this special program. The OAHS provides costumes to 4th graders in the Oregon School District for their “Pioneer Days.” This activity takes place in March, April and May each year. Primary responsibility is to schedule volunteers at the museum: for fittings and checkout, to check clothes in and the laundry and ironing. Also, need to keep “Loaning Closet” organized.


Tuesday Crew

Ann Morris (Card party at Senior Center) – 4299 Oak Hill Rd., Oregon, WI 53575; 608-835-7095

Jerry Neath (Historic Timeline, Chamber of Commerce, Council on Aging) – 564 Soden Drive, Oregon, WI 53575; 608-835-5028