The library is located at the Museum Of the Oregon Territory (MOOT), that overlooks the captivating Willamette Falls and resides next to the historic McLoughlin neighborhood. The falls are the largest in the Pacific Northwest in volume & rich in cultural history, providing a compatible environment to research the many historic themes related to Clackamas County.
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(location) 211 Tumwater Drive,
Museum Of the Oregon Territory
(mailing address) PO Box 995
Oregon City, Oregon 97045
Tel: 503 -655-5574
NEW 2019 EXHIBIT
NEW 2020 EXHIBIT: LINES ON THE LAND
The new rotating exhibit at the Museum of the Oregon Territory, “Lines on the Land: Mapping Clackamas County,” is now open and will be on display until December, 2020. Using historic maps, survey equipment and journals, this exhibit will introduce you to the formation of the current boundaries of Clackamas County. Explore the history of people and events that were changed by these lines on the land.
"Walking Oregon City's Historic Main Street," a then and now photographic story of the evolution of Oregon City's Main Street, will continue to be a part of the revolving exhibit in the Murdock Gallery on the second floor of the museum. The exhibit was created in 2019 by CCFHS volunteer and hobbyist photographer Jo Lynn Dow. The selection of archival prints from CCHS's collection were restored by Adrian Wegner.
Exhibit information and hours: http://clackamashistory.org/life-in-the-territory-3-1-2/
About 69 historic school names and their locations in Clackamas County have been identified and recorded on an interactive map.
To complete the second stage of the project, photographs are still needed for the schools listed below. The primary emphasis is on what the school house looked like. Photos of the students and teachers in front of the school house, common in that era, would also be welcome.
We will arrange to scan your photos and return them to you. Contact the "Historic Schools Project" at or leave a message at 503-655-5574.
January - March, 2020
Canby Rural Route #2 mail carrier Warren P. Lee, with his dapple gray mare and mail wagon, c.1913, was chosen for the cover of the winter issue of our 20-page quarterly newsletter, the Legacy. The photo is part of CCHS's extensive photo archive.
The Legacy Newsletter is a