About Us


159 West Lincoln Street (map & directions)

P.O. Box 262

Oregon, WI  53575


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Tuesdays: 10am – 4pm

First Saturday of each month: noon – 3pm

…and we are also available by appointment!

call 608.835.8961


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Mission Statement:

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

JoAnn Swenson (2017-2018), 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)  Read more…

Board Members:

In order to reach any of our Board Members, please call the OAHS at 608.835.8961 or send us an email.

President: Dave Gasner

Vice-President: Dixie Brown

Secretary: Lynda Farrar

Treasurer: Mary Norwell

Building Manager: Dennis Farrar

Museum Coordinator: Melanie Woodworth

Other Board Members:

JoAnn Swenson

Deanna Zentner

Gerard Pehler

Tuesday Crew:

In order to reach any of our Tuesday Crew, please call the OAHS at 608.835.8961 or send us an email.

Melanie Woodworth (Museum Coordinator)

Ann Morris (Card parties at Senior Center)

Jerry Neath (Historic Timeline, Chamber of Commerce, Council on Aging)

JoAnn Swenson (Newsletter)

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