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
The Museum of the Oregon Territory opens with a new three-part exhibit on January 15, 2019 in the Murdock Gallery on the second floor. The Grand Opening is scheduled for February 13th.
CCFHS volunteers, Karol Miller and Steve Dietz, have been working with CCHS to plan, research, and display the "Images Through Time" exhibit, that showcases the history of studio photography through the lens of Oregon City Photographers from 1850 - 1920. The displays include original photographs and artifacts selected from CCHS's collections and remaining family members of the photographers. To complete this part of the exhibit, a mock studio and dark room have been recreated.
A "Then and Now" photo display was created by CCFHS volunteer and hobbyist photographer, Jo Lynn Dow. "Walking Oregon City's Historic Main Street," is a photographic story that reveals how downtown Oregon City evolved from a small settlement to the nationally recognized city it is today. The selection of archival prints from CCHS's collection were restored by Adrian Wegner. A textile display showcasing historic photo studio fashion is the last part of the exhibit.
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, 2019
"People Above the Flls: Canemah Village" is the feature article in the winter issue of our 20-page newsletter, the Legacy.
The Legacy Newsletter is a