About Us


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:

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:

President: Dave Gasner – 953 Wesley Road, Oregon WI 53575; 608-835-8627

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

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

Treasurer: Mary Norwell – 674 Heidi Way, Oregon, WI  53575; 608-698-5244

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

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

Other Board Members:

Rachel Brickner – W717 Amidon Road, Brooklyn, WI  53575; 608-852-3752

Gerard Pehler – 665 Scott Street, Oregon, WI  53575; 608-835-7552

Kermit Traska – Historic Lincoln Street, Oregon, WI

Tuesday Crew:

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

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

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

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