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 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

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


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Remember folks - the next Board Meeting for the Museum is Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.  Join us and have a jolly "old" time!  We look forward to seeing you there.

We are always seeking new members and volunteers.  If you enjoy history and have a few hours a week you can spare, come to the museum, volunteer and make new friends.  We'd love to have some new ideas on fundraising and exhibits!

Visitors in the recent weeks have come from - Portland, Hermiston, Echo and Stanfield, Oregon; Benton City, Walla Walla and Vancouver, Washington; Alamo, Castro Valley, San Ramon and Oakland, California; Glenbrook, Nevada; American Fork, Utah and Pennsylvania.  

Saturday, August 11, 2012

We had a meeting today to elect new officers.  We have a whole new crew on board and we are ready for a new year.  A big thanks go out to all the departing officers.  They've done a fantastic job in making the museum a great place to visit.

Visitors these last few weeks have come from far and wide - Castro Valley, California; Othello and Toppenish, Washington; Portland, Hermiston, Umatilla, Irrigon, Baker City and The Dalles, Oregon; Salina, Kansas; Beavercreek, Ohio; Moselle, Mississippi; and Houston, Texas. 

We've only got a few months left before we close for the season.  If you haven't visited the museum yet, please do.  We are working on getting a new "hospital" exhibit soon.  Equipment from the old Umatilla Hospital is being donated to us, so that will be quite an interesting exhibit.

The next Board Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 8, at 11:00 a.m.  Come and meet the new crew and a few "oldies" also!  We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Landing Days turned out great.  The Museum's "Tour of Old Town" could not have gone any better.  We had over 250 people take the tour!  Big thanks go out to Larry, Keith & Christy, Harold & Judy, Cheryl, Marge (for all her work and Larry says for putting up with him), The Corp of Engineers & CTUIR for allowing the tour, and the Umatilla School District for furnishing the buses and drivers.  It was a wonderful day!

We also made a lot of "arrests" on Saturday after the parade!  We had deputies drag the wrongdoers into court and our real life city judge passed sentences on them.  We then locked them up in the old city jail and took their picture.  It was loads of fun.  There are still a few whose pictures were not claimed.  They are hanging in the museum for all to see.

Our very own Marge was the Grand Marshall of the parade this year!  Congratulations to her!

Visitors in the last month have come from all over the place!  Petaluma and Martinez, California; Orting, Pasco, Cathlamet, Mukilteo, Kingston, Plymouth, Walla Walla and Spokane, Washington; Parma, Idaho; Hillsboro, Portland, Coos Bay, Boardman, Sutherlin, Myrtle Point, Baker, The Dalles, Hermiston and Umatilla, Oregon; Texas; Tennessee; Ohio and Mississippi and The Netherlands and Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada!  Where will they come from next?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

OK folks!  Landing Days starts Friday, June 22nd and runs through Sunday, June 24th. 

On Friday night at 7 p.m. there will be a play at the high school - Operation Clean Sweep.  This is a Reader's Theater presentation based on the Petticoat Rebellion in 1916 when the women of Umatilla took over the town.

Saturdays schedule starts with the 5k/10k Fun Run/Walk - It's Just a "Dam" Run.  Preparation begins at 7:30, and the race starts at 8:15 at Spillway Park, West McNary Dam.

The parade starts at 10:30 on Hwy 730.  Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fun.

Entertainment at the Marina Park starts at 12:00 and runs until after the FIREWORKS at dusk!  There will be vendors, entertainment, Ferry rides, kids games, a bouncy house, a petting zoo and MORE!

On Sunday, the events at the Marina Park run from 12:00 to 4:00.  There will be a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, museum tours and don't forget the BUS TOUR OF OLD TOWN!

It's an event filled weekend.  Come and have fun with us as Umatilla celebrates it's 150th Birthday!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

We are looking for a "Sheriff" to arrest wayward citizens during the Landing Days festivities on June 23rd.  They will work with their "deputies" to bring these miscreants to justice in front of our judge, who will sentence them to time in lockup.  We are using the cities old jail in the museum.  If you have the time or know someone that might enjoy a day playing "sheriff", give us a call. 

We are still looking for drivers for our bus tour of old town on Sunday, June 24th.  We need someone with the proper license to do this.

Call us at 541-922-0209.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The museum had a fun morning on Friday!  Larry and Marge got there at 10 a.m. sharp and there were about 25 people milling around outside the door, waiting for the museum to open!  The folks were all Stanfields!  Yup, the family the town was named after.  They were from all over the country - Petaluma, California; Puyallup, Kinston, Bainbridge Island, Entiat, Vernon, and Renton, Washington; Portland, Talent, Sutherlin, Bend and Myrtle Point, Oregon; Carbondale, Colordo; Chicago, Illinois and Honolulu, Hawaii!  Larry and Marge had a great time visiting and hearing stories of the days of old. 

Such is the life of the Umatilla Museum volunteers!

Friday, June 1, 2012

In the last week we've had visitors from Yakima, Pasco, Spokane and Bainbridge Island, Washington, and Cascade Locks, Eugene, Springfield, Hermiston and Umatilla, Oregon.  Going through the guest book I noticed that back in April we had a gentleman from Mongolia stop by!  I bet he would get the award for traveling the furthest!  It's fun to meet people traveling through town.  Are you interested in people and history?  Become a member of the museum and volunteer your time.  We are looking for new members. 
Permission has been granted for the Old Town tour!!  We are so excited about this.  Larry has worked his tail off planning this event.  We all need to say a big "Thank You, Larry"!  The tours will be held on June 24th, starting at the museum.  This is a drive thru tour, in our buses only.  No one will be permitted to enter alone, either by auto or on foot.  There will be a running dialog of the sights and the tours will be 30-50 minutes long.  We are not going to hurry.  A small fee will be charged - $2.00 to $3.00, to help cover the cost of fuel.  Be sure and get on the schedule for this wonderful opportunity!  It may not come along again for another 50 years!  Call us for more information.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

150th Anniversary of the City of Umatilla

The 150th anniversary of the city is being celebrated on June 23rd and 24th.  The museum is supporting this event with several community related activities.

Tour of Old Town

The first and most significant is a tour of the "old town" of Umatilla on June 24th.  If all goes as planned and permission is granted from The Corp of Engineers and the CTUIR, the museum will be conducting drive through tours of selected areas of the old town.  The tours will be 30-50 minutes long and a running dialog of sights will be made.  We may charge a small fee to offset the high cost of gas.

Locking Up The Town

The second 150th activity we have planned is to "arrest" wayward citizens and visitors at the celebration.  The old jail of the City of Umatilla will be used to incarcerate offenders.  A new sheriff with "deputies" will be patrolling the city catching "lawbreakers".  We will have a genuine "judge" passing sentences and ordering miscreants to time in the museum's lockup.  Should be a lot of fun.


On a serious note, the museum is now actively seeking new members.  We have many new resources to work with and both members and volunteers are needed to make our museum the premier place to visit in Umatilla and the surrounding area.

If you have an interest in history and the area, please stop by the museum or call us for more information.


We all know that many old and interesting historical items are in homes around the area.  Wouldn't it be very satisfying to let your museum display those for all visitors to see?  We think so.  We want to encourage each and every one to consider either a loan or donation of that special item to the museum (on your terms).  Call us or stop by.

Friday, May 18, 2012

On May 9, 2012, McNary Heights school kids from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades came to visit the museum.  They had a blast, especially ringing the bell.  It was pretty noisy that day.  There were over 100 kids!

So far this month we've had visitors from Walla Walla, Hermiston, Portland, Pendleton, Pilot Rock, Umatilla and Pasco!  Wonderful to see.

If you haven't been to the museum, stop by and say "Hi". 
The golf tournament fundraiser was brought back to life this year.  It was held on May 12, 2012, at the Echo Hills Golf Course.  We had 27 players and all had a great time.  I think the volunteers who helped put it on also enjoyed the day!  The weather was perfect, couldn't have asked for better.

We are planning next years event already!  If anyone is interested in helping or donating prizes, please contact us!  We are looking for at least 50 players and lots of sponsers to raise money for the museum.

All funds raised will be used to upgrade and maintain the Umatilla Museum building.  Sponsership funds and entry fees are tax deductable.

Keep your ears open and watch this site for next years tournament!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Well, here we are!  Welcome to our blog.  We hope to make this an enjoyable, informative site for all our readers.  Come back often for events and news from Umatilla, Oregon.