Clackamas County Historical Society
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HISTORY IS OUR TERRITORY

From the creation of the majestic Willamette Falls, to the Native American peoples that called this land home, to the industrial marvels that brought power to Portland, discover the beginning of all things Oregon.

 
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ON EXHIBIT NOW

ON EXHIBIT AT MOOT

“Exposing the Past through Oregon City Photography” is a three-part exhibit focusing on the history of photography through the lens of Oregon City photographers, a “Then & Now” walk through Oregon City’s Main Street, and a textile display showcasing historic photo studio fashion.

This exhibit will be on display in the Museum of the Oregon Territory's Murdock Gallery until December 2019.

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TUMWATER BALLROOM

 
 
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Looking for a place to hold your wedding, meeting, celebration of life, or other events? Look no further. In addition to our museum, the Museum of the Oregon Territory building also contains the Tumwater Ballroom, a spacious event space with a scenic view of the Willamette Falls. In some cases you may even be able to rent out use of the Museum for all of your guests during your event! Click the button below to be transferred to the Tumwater Ballroom website and begin planning for your next big gathering.

 

EVENTS

 
 

Mother Chautauqua of the West: The Story of Gladstone

Gladstone, Oregon, is located at the confluence of the Clackamas and Willamette Rivers and was once the northern half of the historic town of Oregon City. Gladstone came to prominence as the site of the first Oregon State Fair, the first Clackamas County Fair, the first railroad bridge in Oregon, and the first river crossing of the first interurban trolley west of the Rocky Mountains. In 1869, Gladstone witnessed Ben Holladay challenge both his competitors and the Clackamas River in the great north–south railroad race. From 1894 to 1927, Gladstone became known as the "Mother Chautauqua of the West," where orators such as William Jennings Bryan held thousands of attendees spellbound in Gladstone Park. In this Murdock Talk presentation author Kim Argaves Huey discusses Gladstone's rich history, from its founding by Judge Harvey E. Cross, to it's role in the industrialization of Oregon City.

WED OCTOBER 9
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MUSEUM OF THE OREGON TERRITORY
211 TUMWATER DR. OREGON CITY, OR, 97045

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SPIRITS ON SIXTH STREET

Clackamas County Historical Society has teamed with Northwest Ghost Tours for two nights of terror. Participate in a paranormal investigation of the 1908 Stevens-Crawford Heritage House with experienced Ghost Hunters who will guide you through any eerie encounters. Buy your tickets online or at the Museum of the Oregon Territory.

$25 per person. Free drink included with ticket (to be enjoyed following investigation). All ages welcome. Portion of proceeds benefit CCHS. Additional McLoughlin Promenade walking tour available through NW Ghost Tours. Tickets in limited supply.

FRI OCTOBER 18 & 25
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
STEVENS-CRAWFORD HERITAGE HOUSE
603 6TH ST. OREGON CITY, OR

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