Annual & Upcoming Events

May at the Museum 2024

Join us this May for an enlightening journey through Central Oregon's past! Our "May at the Museum" lecture series will be focusing on the pivotal years from 1825 to 1889, uncovering the rich history that shaped our region. From the fur trappers to the sheep and cattle wars, we'll explore the stories, struggles, and triumphs that define our heritage. Don't miss out on this opportunity to deepen your understanding of Central Oregon's fascinating history!

May 9th - 6 p.m.

Join us for part one of our May at the Museum Lecture Series as Historian Steve Lent explores a fascinating period marked by exploration, settlement, and conflict in the region. Central Oregon's history during this time period is deeply intertwined with the expansion of the United States into the western frontier, as well as the interactions between indigenous peoples, fur trappers, settlers, and ranchers.

Steve Lent's lecture offers valuable insights into the complex and dynamic history of Central Oregon during the 19th century, highlighting the diverse experiences and challenges faced by those who shaped the region's development. Through exploration, settlement, and conflict, Central Oregon's history serves as a microcosm of the broader forces shaping the American West during this transformative period.

May 16th - 6 p.m.

Join us for part two of our May at the Museum Lecture Series as we step back in time with our captivating history program, 'History of Central Oregon: People from Our Past.' ‘People from Our Past’ delve into the lives and legacies of remarkable individuals who left an indelible mark on Central Oregon's history. Join us as we uncover the adventures of William Thompson and Peter Skene Ogden and discover the pioneering spirit of Lorene Lakin and Anne Glaze

Through historical reenactors, engaging narratives, and historical insights, 'People from Our Past ' brings to life the rich tapestry of Central Oregon's history, celebrating the diverse individuals whose journeys helped shape the region we know today. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with the fascinating stories of the past and gain a deeper understanding of the people who shaped our collective heritage.


Field Trips

The Museum/Society will be conducting historic field trips in the spring. Check for updates on this website for final dates and times or call the museum for more information.

Courthouse Tours

From Memorial Day to Labor Day and by reservation only. Tours last about an hour and culminate with a trip up to the clock tower. For more info or to register for a tour call 447-3715.

Pioneer Queen Picnic & Coronation

Happens every year in August. The Pioneer Queen is crowned in a family oriented ceremony. Following the coronation families enjoy their own picnic lunch. Cake and ice cream is provided by the Historical Society. Come help us honor these pioneer women.

Lectures Series in May and October: May at the Museum and Saunders Memorial Lecture Series

The museum holds two series of lectures each year, in May and October. Lecture topics include history, cultural, the nature sciences, book authors and other related topic. These lectures are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Crook County Library. All lectures are held in the museum’s community room on Thursday nights starting at 6:30 p.m.