The doors are closed, but Lane County History Museum has not gone dark. Museum staff are safely at work in the collections vault and archives doing what needs doing.
While things are uncertain for us and our community, we intend to stand by our commitment to collect, preserve, research, publish and exhibit Our Stories. We are crafting ways to make our resources available to the community in new ways that will serve you now, and into the future.
During this unpredictable unfolding of events, watch here to stay up to speed with our progress, with news of our financial situation, which has been hit as hard as everyone’s, and to learn how our resources may be available during socially restricted times.
Today’s story is still unfolding; tomorrow we will tell it together.
This non-profit organization serves to encourage the preservation of Lane County history. It also operates the Lane County History Museum, which 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.
The Society also publishes the Lane County Historian, a tri-annual periodical of local historical information. It also prints a quarterly newsletter, The Artifact, 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.
The core mission of the Lane County History Museum (LCHM) is to make our collection of historic resources related to the history of Lane County, Oregon available so that the public may better understand the place we live today. We pursue these aims through our museum exhibits, maintaining our artifacts and archival collections, resource digitization campaigns, public programs, and support of other local history programs and organizations.
LCHM is operated under contract with the county to protect, preserve, and research an artifact collection of over 10,000 items. Our ever-changing exhibits tell engaging stories that connect our visitors to the past. Our exhibits feature hundreds of historic photographs and artifacts that create an immersive and tangible experience. We use our collections and archival resources to ensure our diverse visitorship will leave having learned something new and surprising about our local history.
The Society and Museum’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 café–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 book store, 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.