Current Exhibits

Lane County History Museum is committed to showing high-quality exhibits. These exhibits are created with original research from our archives and show artifacts from our collections not available anywhere else. In order to show you the best history possible, we also partner with organizations in our community to create content that will excite and inform!

The Blue Vesper: Maude Irvine Kerns

Learn about the history and legacy of Maude Kerns, featuring nonobjective works. In partnership with the Maude Kerns Art Center.

The Farm Workers Rights Movement

Learn about the Eugene Friends of Farm Workers (EFFW) and their pursuit of justice regarding farm laborers during the 1960-70s vegetables strikes, particularly regarding the University of Oregon and Lane Community College students and varying boycotts. Also features discussion of César Chavez’s influence on Eugene.

The Esther Mae Ralph Collection

A collection of artifacts from Lane County’s first female sheriff’s deputy. Learn about her challenges regarding the position as well as her other pursuits.

Also spot the two watercolor paintings by Ralph hanging in the reception area.

The Boat the River Built

Exhibit Poster: The boat the river built. The story of the McKenzie river drift boat.

View a gorgeous 1959 wooden drift boat built by Prince Helfrich, and learn its’ story. The donor of the boat, Wally Larsen, said:

For me, Dad’s boat handles like a sports car. An aluminum boat feels like a bus in comparison.