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The Lane County Historical Society

This non-profit organization serves to encourage the preservation of Lane County history. It also operates the Lane County Historical Museum. This county-owned museum collects and preserves artifacts and library materials that help establish or illustrate the history of Lane County.

The Society is governed by an elected board of directors and an annual February meeting celebrates Oregon’s achievement of statehood.

Board of Directors, 2014-2015

Margaret Beilharz
Patrick Costello
Diane D. Dann
Oliver Z. Fraser
Randy Mafit
William H. McCleary, Ed.D.
Greg Moyce
Elizabeth F. Reanier
Richard M. Steers
Robert Voelker-Morris

Directors Emeritus

Robert H. Cox
A.J. Giustina
Barbara Huntington Thomas

The Society also publishes the Lane County Historian, a tri-annual periodical of local historical information. It also prints a quarterly newsletter and other publications, such as diaries, cemetery records, and local census records. Throughout the year the Society hosts general meetings featuring presentations of historical interest. It also participates in many projects such as historic preservation and the collection of oral histories. For further information, contact the Lane County Historical Society at P. O. Box 5407, Eugene, OR 97405-3819, via email, or phone (541) 682-4242. To join The Lane County Historical Society, you may complete our Membership Form.

The Society's vision for the future is to create a history center in a visible, accessible location. It would house the Museum, possible related organizations, and a cafe–in a space twice the size of the current facility. It would include a larger, more accessible exhibit space, adequate workspace for collections management and exhibit preparation, storage for current and expanded collections, a well designed library and archives, an expanded gift shop and bookstore, and a multi-purpose room or theater with kitchen facilities for events. The center would also be climate controlled, secure, well-lit and ADA accessible. It would be a dynamic education, research and entertainment destination.

Corporate Sponsors


Heritage Research Associates, Inc.


Lane County Historical Society & Museum, 2010

The Lane County Historical Museum

Click here to search our websiteThe Lane County Historical Museum was created to collect, preserve and interpret Lane County's rich heritage. It is the only county-wide historical museum in Lane County. Lane County was a destination point for emigrants crossing the Oregon Trail in the mid-1800s. The museum houses collections of national and local significance dating from the early 1800s to the present.

The Museum Offers:

  • Tours
  • Outreach Programs
  • Historic Craft Demonstrations
  • Slide Presentations
  • Research Assistance
The Artifact - Lane County Historical Museum Newsletter
Lane County Courthouse, NE corner of 8th Avenue and Oak Street, Eugene; Lane County Jail on left. Lane County Courthouse was built in 1898 and torn down in 1959. - Catalog Number: CS284

The Society's vision for the future is to create a history center in a visible, accessible location. It would house the Museum, possible related organizations, and a cafe–in a space twice the size of the current facility. It would include a larger, more accessible exhibit space, adequate workspace for collections management and exhibit preparation, storage for current and expanded collections, a well designed library and archives, an expanded gift shop and bookstore, and a multi-purpose room or theater with kitchen facilities for events. The center would also be climate controlled, secure, well-lit and ADA accessible. It would be a dynamic education, research and entertainment destination.

It's easy to plan your next visit to the Lane County Historical Museum!

We're Open
Tuesday through Saturday
10 am to 4 pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays
Holiday Closures: January 1st; Memorial Day; July 4th; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; December 25th.

Affordable Admission Prices!
Adults $5.00
Seniors $3.00
Young adults (15-17) $1.00
Children (under 14) Free

Unlimited free admission to Society members!

Alberta Shelton (later McMurphey) posing with bicycle in a Portland, Oregon studio. - Catalog Number: GN6824

We’re easy to find next to the Lane County Fairgrounds
If you’re heading east on 13th Avenue, you’ll see our building between Monroe and Jefferson on the right. Look for a sign that says, “Museum Entrance”
The address is 740 W. 13th Ave. Get directions here

Mailing Address
Lane County Historical Society
P.O. Box 5407
Eugene, OR 97405-3819

Free Parking
There’s plenty of free parking in the lot east of the Museum at the corner of 13th and Jefferson. Walk through the gates to enter the Fairgrounds. Walk past the white Clerk’s Building on your right and turn right for the Museum entrance.

Handicapped Access
The Main Exhibition Hall and Museum Store are accessible.

Shopping & Food
Shop at our Museum Store, open during regular hours. Members always receive a discount! There are many restaurants in nearby downtown Eugene. No food or drink is allowed in the Museum.

Lane County Historical Society & Museum Newsletter

The Artifact

The Artifact is produced quarterly. It includes event and exhibit information, collections research updates, gift shop and volunteer highlights, and news of historical interest about the Society, the Museum, and Lane County, Oregon. Current, printed editions are distributed to members. Previous editions are available on line, as listed below. Become a member now.

Available Archived Editions are listed below.

Old and new post office buildings. West side of Willamette Street, 500 block, c. 1940 - Catalog Number: KE231

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The Greyhound Station on Pearl Street in downtown Eugene, with the Eugene Hotel in the background. - Catalog Number: GN1989
The color photographs at the bottom of each page are courtesy of Vern Rogers, who is a Lane County photographer.

Photograph at the top of this page: Early Eugene Street Scene, 1800's. - Catalog Number: GN761

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