About Us


159 West Lincoln Street (map & directions)

P.O. Box 262

Oregon, WI  53575


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Volunteers are now at the museum on Tuesdays to work on exhibits and other projects.  If you would like to make an appointment to come in on a Tuesday, please call 608-835-8961, or send us an email.

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

Other Board Members:

Gerard Pehler

JoAnn Swenson (Newsletter)

Pat Wilkening

Melanie Woodworth (Museum Coordinator)

Deanna Zentner

Tuesday Crew:

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

Dixie Brown

Mary Norwell

JoAnn Swenson (Newsletter)

Melanie Woodworth (Museum Coordinator)

Pete Manderfield

Ann Morris (Card Parties)

Jerry Neath (Timeline)

Joel Olsen

Dennis Farrar (Building)