Museum in the News

Historical Society’s closet helps students get 1800s-era experience – May 15, 2014:

“Pioneer Days” first came to Oregon through Brooklyn Elementary School, where it began in 1978 In the 1990s, it spread to the Oregon School District’s other schools and became a tradition for the fourth-grade classes to take part in. 

Museum Finds Unexpected Treasures in Paulson Estate – October 17, 2013:

The kepi is just one example of the time capsule that members of the Historical Society discovered at the home of Paulson, who died June 11 at the age of 95.

Historical Society display reminds Oregon of an age-old tradition – February 7, 2013:

Whether you think it’s a made-up holiday or a reason to make a dramatic love gesture, we all have some type of Valentine’s Day memory. 

Historical Society Celebrates 25 years – September 20, 2012:

The Historical Society is celebrating a quarter-century of keeping the Oregon area’s history Sunday with an open house and commemorative plaque ceremony at the society’s museum, 159 W. Lincoln St.

Historical Society Celebrates 20 years – September 6, 2007:

It was a little more than 20 years ago that Eeda Lumley got the idea to form a local historical society when she saw construction crews tearing down Sarbacher’s Blacksmith shop on Main Street, where Pizza Pit is today.



It’s Fun to Visit the OAHS Museum – August 10, 2021:

Browse the museum to find hidden Tin Man medallions.  You are also invited to donate to the museum in order to help match a recent anonymous contribution.  ~ Chad Wachtl, local supporter.

OAHS Celebrating 30 Years of History – September 14, 2017:

The Oregon Area Historical Society celebrates its 30th anniversary Sunday with the unveiling of a history book and cemetery tour.

Oregon Through the Years – September 8, 2017:

The recorded history of the Oregon area begins in the Middle Woodland Period (100 B.C. to 500 A.D.) when Native American tribes left burial mounds (discovered along Franklin Street in 1938). By the 1830s, the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) who lived in the area were joined by growing numbers of American settlers coming west.

Oregon Comes Alive in New Photo Book – September 6, 2017:

The history of Oregon is the subject of a newly published book – the latest in Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series. A pictorial history of the area, it reveals a variety of slices of life from the 1840s through the 1950s.

 Hotel would not be the first, Oregon’s first establishment built in 1845 – July 28, 2016:

A proposed 52-room Sleep Inn and Suites hotel on Oregon’s south side has garnered some excitement as an addition, but the village first had several hotels in the mid-1800s.

Brochure: Walk, bike around Oregon: Chamber, historical society collaborate to foster tourism- October 8, 2015:

A recent collaboration between several village groups came together to create a new “Explore Oregon” brochure. The idea is to highlight some of the village’s historic attractions, as well as recent additions like the newly completed bike trail.