Tuesday, May 14, 2013

We're open for the season!  Actually, we opened in March but I've been so busy that I haven't had time to post anything.  Shame on me.  We've had visitors from far and wide so far - Eugene, Hermiston, Pendleton, Heppner, Portland, Irrigon and McMinnville, Oregon; Pocatello and Acequia, Idaho; and the Tri-Cities, Seattle and Spokane, Washington.


Sadly, we had to cancel our Spring Golf Tournament this year.  We just didn't have enough volunteers to make it happen. 

The Museum is a non-profit organization, dependent on membership dues, donations, fundraisers, grants and volunteers to keep its doors open. The golf tournament brings in a great deal of money, but it is a very labor intensive endeavor and more volunteers are needed to host this very popular fundraiser. If you are interested in history and enjoy people, volunteering at the Museum could be just what you are looking for. Give us a call at 541-922-0209, we need you. Entry to the museum is free. Hours are 10-3 Tuesday thru Saturday.


WE HAVE A NEW MEMBER!  What makes this new member so special?  This member lives in Tigard, Oregon!  The Umatilla Museum welcomes membership from everyone, no matter how far away they live.  The purpose of the Museum is to preserve the history of Umatilla and the surrounding area, and communicate this history to current residents, new residents and tourists.  Your annual dues will help support the Museum that is run entirely by volunteers.  Members receive the museum newsletter and a 10% discount in the Museum Gift Shop.


We are going to be having a BIG yard sale sometime this summer.  Keep your eyes and ears open for the date.  If you have donated anything in the past that you would like to have returned, please contact us ASAP.  We have a basement full of items that need to be cleaned out and if your item is in there, it may be included in the yard sale.

Friday, January 18, 2013

The museum is looking for a new logo.  Do you have any great ideas?  There will be a prize for the winning entry.  Remember, our Museum is all about Umatilla and its history!  Call for more information.



January 15 - April 21, 2013

In this original exhibit, learn about the black comunity that grew up and worked around Union Station in the late 19th to mid-20th century, and the churches, newspapers, and businesses they built which forever changed the city of Portland.

Oregon History Museum
at the Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
Phone 503.222.1741

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Heritage Station
The Umatilla County Historical Society Museum

Wednesday, December 5th - Party Like It's 1933
5:30 pm
Hamley's Slickfork Saloon

Come and celebrate Repeal Day in true Umatilla-County style!  Learn about and sample the most popular cocktails of the prohibition era, eat hors-d'oeuvers by Hamley's Master Chefs, and "shop" a silent auction.  Enjoy a continuously running background show featuring prohibition-era photos and factoids.

$40 pre-registration, $50 at the door
Call 541.276.0012

The Oregon Historical Society in Portland is sponsoring the 45th Annual HOLIDAY CHEER - A CELEBRATION OF OREGON AUTHORS on Sunday, December 2, 2012 from Noon until 5 p.m.  Visit with over 70 local authors, purchase their latest book, and have it personally signed for the perfect holiday gift.  This year, they are spreading the holiday cheer throughout the entire museum.  Enjoy treats, music, and more!  General Admission: $5.00, which includes admission to all museum exhibits.

The Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in beautiful Downtown Portland.



Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians Forum

For 15 years, this annual series has brought together the nation's top scholars and writers for thought-provoking evenings of history.

Series tickets start at $72.00!

Buy Tickets Today

Purchase tickets in person at the Oregon Historical Society.

Lectures begin at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in downtown Portland.

February 12, 2013 - MICHAEL DUFFY - Author of The Presidents Club; Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

April 16, 2013 - ISABEL WILKERSON - Author of The Warmth of Other Suns

May 7, 2013 - ERIK LARSON - Author of In the Garden of Beasts & Devil in the White City

May 21, 2013 - DAVID EISENHOWER - Author of Eisenhower:  At War

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Umatilla Museum and Historical Foundation is having their monthly Board of Directors Meeting on Saturday, November 10 at 11:00 am.  Come, introduce yourself and learn a little about what we do!


The Umatilla County Historical Society in Pendleton, celebrates the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in Oregon with a day of festivities!  They would love to have you join them!

  • Keith May, Introductions
  • Susan Badger Doyle tells the story of takeover by the women of Umatilla
  • Harriet Isom on the life of Abigail Scott Duniway, Oregon's most prominent suffragist
  • Lunch by Simply Catering
  • Debbie Dimitre as Alice Paul, famed 20th century suffragist
  • Exhibit:  Votes for Women!  The Oregon Story
November 10, 11am-2:30pm, Vert Clubroom & Little Theater; Pre-registration $20, Day of $22.00

Friday, October 26, 2012


Boardman -

Children up to age 12 can participate in trick-or-treating at Riverside High School on Wednesday, October 31st, from 6-7:30.

Echo -

The annual city Halloween Party is Wednesday, October 31st, from 5:30-6:30 at Echo City Hall.

Hermiston -

For old fashioned fun, ride into the pumpkin patch at Bellinger Farms.  Rides run daily from 2:30pm to 5:30pm, Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 4:30pm.  There is no cost for the ride, but you will have to pay for the pumpkins.

The Arc of Umatilla County is having a Halloween Party and Carnival on Saturday from 2:30-4pm.  The cost is $5.00 per person, which includes tickets for games and concessions.  Costumes are encouraged but not required.  The Arc is located at 215 W Orchard Ave.

Moore Horrors opens Saturday from 6-9pm at 510 W Moore Ave.  This home has been transformed by the owners into a cornucopia of creepiness.  The Moore Horrors is also open Wednesday, Oct. 31st and Friday, November 2nd, from 6-9pm.  There is no charge.

Treats on Main and Beyond returns to Hermiston Wednesday, Oct. 31st from 3-7pm.  Local businesses will be handing out candy from 3-5pm to all the little ghosts and goblins.  From 4-7pm, the fun will be at the Hermiston Conference Center.  Indoor activities include a haunted house, maze, bouncy houses, carnival-style games, candy buy-back and a pumpkin carving contest.

Umatilla -

The Lions Haunted House is Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, from 6-9pm, at the McNary Fire Station.  The cost is $2.00 or $1.00 for elementary age children or younger.  A young children's activity room will be available from 6-8pm with games and prizes for $1.00 per child.  Parents must supervise their own children.  Costumes are not required, but are encouraged.



There will be a Festival of Lights Work Day, 9am, at the Umatilla County Fairgrounds.  Help set up the displays, check lights and do other maintenance in preparation for the annual holiday festival.  Volunteers are needed and will be most welcome! 



The Heritage Station in Pendleton is having a Collectible Print Sale on Saturday, November 3rd, from 10am-4pm.  This is an opportunity to buy historical and rare photographs, prints, books, journals and newspapers, including copies of the Pendleton Tribune from the 1890s.  Admission is free.


Thursday, November 15th - Celebrating the Traditions of the Old West, 5:30pm, meeting at Heritage Station for a visit to an authentic handmade western boot store and a special tour of the western heritage museum honoring Arvo Ojala, father of the fast draw.  Free evening event.


On Saturday, December 1st, the Pendleton House Bed & Breakfast will have their Heritage Christmas Cookie & Tea, 11am-4pm.  Music provided by the Pendleton Men's Chorus.  There is a $5.00 admission fee.


Also on Saturday, December 1st, the Heritage Museum will host the Artisan Alley, 10am-4pm, at the Heritage Museum.  Area craft vendors present their original and unique creations.  A perfect opportunity to find that special Christmas gift.  Free event admission.


Friday, October 5, 2012

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Celebrate "Repeal Day"

December 5 marks the anniversary of the 1933 amendment repealing prohibition.  The Umatilla County Historical Society in Pendleton is going to commemorate this act in true Umatilla-County style.  There's going to be a gathering at the Slickfork Saloon at Hamley's (upstairs, side entrance on SE 1st St.), and everyone is going to learn all about the prohibition era in Umatilla County (and the country) via a slide show full of factoids and pictures galore.  The Master Bartenders at Hamley's are going to demonstrate how to make the most popular cocktails of the Prohibition Era.  There will be a no-host bar so that you can taste test those cocktails, or oder your favorite drink to celebrate the end of prohibition.  There will also be hors-d'oeuvres and a silent auction.


Women's Suffrage

On November 9th & 10th, The Heritage Station Museum in Pendleton will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Oregon legislation granting women in the state the right to vote.  There will be an exhibition, presentations and storytelling.

Men are invited also!  Many men long sympathized with the women's suffrage movement, and when the Umatilla County Woman's Suffrage Association was first organized in the mid-1870s, many of the county's leading male citizens became members.


Coming Events

New Treasures of the Vault exhibit - the Basket Casket - Heritage Station     October 1
Charlie Russel exhibit at Tamastslikt                                                              through October 27
BMCC 50th anniversary celebration                                                               October 4 - 6
Free Heritage Station admission for residents of Umatilla                              October 6
Music and Times of Charlie Russell at Tamastslikt                                        October 13 at 6:30 pm
The Ghosts of Umatilla County, Part II                                                           October 20
Free Heritage Station admission for residents of Ukiah                                  November 3
Off-the-Wall sale                                                                                            November 8
Free Heritage Station admission for residents of Stanfield                             December 1
Christmas Cookie and Tea at Pendleton House B & B                                    December 1
Victorian Christmas at Frazer Farmstead Museum                                          December 5
Free Heritage Station admission for residents of Pilot Rock                          March 2


The Umatilla Museum and Historical Foundation is always looking for new members!  Do you love history and enjoy meeting new people?  Become a member and VOLUNTEER!  There is so much we could do with our museum if we only had more ideas and the manpower to implement them.

The museum will be closed for the winter soon.  Our last day this season is October 13, 2012.  If you haven't visited yet, do so soon!  We have cut our hours so give us a call before you come!  If you have a special occasion or a group that would like a tour, we will gladly open the doors for you.

Friday, September 14, 2012


To celebrate the release of Collected Memories:  Umatilla County at 150 and the completion of the Fix Cabin project, Heritage Station, The Umatilla County Historical Society Museum, is having An Evening of Happenings!  Join them for book signings with local authors Susan Badger Doyle (editor of the book), Keith May and Jack Sanders, and take a walk back in time through the historic Fix Cabin!

The event is September 25, 2012 from 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Heritage Station, 108 SW Frazer Ave. in Pendleton, Oregon.  Call 541-276-0012 or visit www.heritagestationmuseum.org for more information.

The Oregon Jewish Museum will be hosting Sukkah PDX, Juried Architectural Design Competition and Festival from October 2 thru October 7, 2012.

              October 2 - Share the Harvest, a presentation by the youth at FoodWorks, 7 pm

              October 3 - Fragility, Stability & the Housing Crisis, discussion with
                                 Tivnu:  Building Justice, co-sponsored by Havurah Shalom, 7 pm

              October 4 - Pizza in the Hut, family activities, pizza & improv by ComedySportz. 
                                 Co-sponsored by P J Library, 5:30 pm

              October 5 - Portland Young Adult Shabbat Dinner, 8 pm

              October 7 - Sukkot's Bounty, local food and demonstrations, 1 - 3 pm

The Oregon Jewish Museum is located at 1953 NW Kearney St., Portland, OR 97209.  For more information, call 503-226-3600 or visit www.ojm.org.

The Oregon Historical Society has a new exhibit which I'd love to see!  Opens October 12, 2012.

                            The Mightiest Wind, The 1962 Columbus Day Storm. 

The 1962 Columbus Day Storm brought widespread devastation to the Pacific Northwest.  Wind gusts reached 116 miles per hour in Portland, 127 miles per hour in Corvallis, and in excess of 145 miles per hour on the Oregon Coast.  Nearly 50 fatalities were attributed to the storm, more than any other Pacific Northwest weather event in recorded history.  The storm forced portions of Oregon to rebuild their power systems from the ground up; some locations went without power for several weeks.

Inside the exhibit, large-scale artifacts will recreate the destruction caused by the storm.  A wind machine will allow visitors to experience similar wind gusts, and a green screen will offer the rare opportunity to play meterologist during Oregon's most dramatic storm.  The Society will display photographs and artifacts from its collections and feature film footage and oral histories from many Oregonians who still remember the event.

The Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205.  For more information, call 503-222-1741 or visit their website at www.OHS.org.