Tillamook County Historical Society
Public Input Wanted
The Tillamook County Historical Society is looking to attract new members. To this end, the board is considering changing meeting times from the current Tuesday 11 a.m. meetings to either a late afternoon time or Saturday. There is also a strong possibility we will changing the meeting site to the Tillamook Bay Community College.
We would like to get feedback from those who would be interested in attending meetings and becoming involved in celebrating the rich history of Tillamook County. The group has regular programs throughout the year (Tour of Kilchis Point/Tour of Trask River Toll Road/Lost Pioneer play/100 year History of Wheeler to name a few). There is an annual dinner for members, the dinner in 2013 honoring WWII veterans (a new memorial plaque for WWII veterans and their families was just dedicated this past spring in front of the County Courthouse). The Society also conducts historical walking tours from time to time, which have been quite well received. Plaques honoring historical buildings have been placed in several locations. The Community College presented a class covering Tillamook County history during 2012 and we hope they will offer a repeat in the coming year.
If you care about passing on our history to the next generations and would like to get involved in any of these activities, please contact us. We would like to accommodate those who work, so please let us know what times and or days and how frequently (monthly, quarterly) you would like to see meetings. Time requirements begin at 1-2 hours a month. After that, your level of involvement is up to you. We would welcome fresh input into ideas on how to move forward. Sally Rissel would be happy to come to your group and explain what we are all about.
Contact Sally Rissel, Secretary at email@example.com or Karen Hirte, President, at 503-915-4989.
Historical Society Quarterly Meeting
Karen Hirte, President of the Tillamook County Historical Society, will be
presented a program entitled ďOne Hundred Years of Wheeler,ď its mills and more. The program
was held at
Art Space Gallery and Restaurant in Bay City, on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. A brief meeting
was held before the program.
The Tillamook County Historical Society meets every second Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Hoquarton House, next to the Post Office, in Tillamook, excepting on special days such as quarterly meetings. The public is welcome to attend.
The Tillamook County Historical Society was founded in 1984 to bring together those persons interested in preserving the history of Tillamook County. A separate organization from the Tillamook Pioneer Museum and Tillamook Pioneer Association, the Society has concentrated on doing a number of projects such as placing historic plaques, conducting historical tours, printing books about local history and producing a quarterly newsletter with local history topics and upcoming events.
The Society schedules quarterly meetings and an annual dinner of the general membership where a speaker or program is planned. Members are welcome to attend the monthly board meetings as well. Annual dues are $10.00 for Family
Membership. Fill out our membership
form and become a member.
Tillamook County Historical Society Annual Awards
The Tillamook County Historical Society (TCHS) held their annual meeting and dinner at the Officers Mess Hall at the Port of Tillamook Bay, January 27. Nearly 80 were present to witness awards given to local people and an organization in recognition of their worthy contributions to the history of Tillamook County.
Lori Gates and John Sandusky were awarded Tillamook County Historians of the Year for their work in teaching the history of the county at Tillamook Bay Community College, September to December 2012. Nearly two dozen attended and enjoyed Loriís and Johnís presentations, often with enough reciprocal input to add to the knowledge of the instructors as well. There is a good chance this class will be repeated, so if you are interested, let the college know.
The Tillamook Urban Renewal Agency was presented the Tillamook Historian of the Year, in recognition of the contributions the agency has made in the past year: the 3rd St. Project, the Thayer Bank Building, the Elks Building to name a few, eliminating blighting influences and implementing goals to work to revitalize and energize the City of Tillamook.
William Minshall was recognized as the Tillamook County Historical Society Member of the Year, for the great contributions he has made through untiring efforts as curator and holding nearly every position through the years, the last few as secretary. His contributions always set the bar high for quality and thoroughness.
The 2013 slate of officers will be as follows: Karen Hirte, President; Jim
Reeher, Vice President; Willard Berry, Treasurer; Sally Rissel, Secretary. Board members are Don Best - Position 1, Bob Chambers - Position 2, Lise Zimmerman - Position 3, Vic Affolter - Position 4, Diane Colcord - Position 5.
The Historical Society meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Hoquarton (formerly
Carlich) House at 11 a.m.
||The latest issue of the Tillamook County Historical
Society's newsletter is out! Download and view the current issue
June 2013 Issue
Trask River Toll Road Tour
||Watch for news of a repeat next year of the Trask Toll Road tour with a twist. Yamhill County
Historical Society is planning a trip from their side over the mountain to Tillamook, ending at the Pioneer Museum where one of the original stagecoaches resides on the lower level. Check back in summertime for more information. Meanwhile, check out the map showing the original route and the current road and where they intersect.
Trask River Toll Road history
Trask River Toll Road Map
Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Tillamook
A walking tour brochure is available for self-guided tours at the front desk of the Pioneer Museum.
The tour highlighted historical buildings such as the Thayer Bank, constructed in 1894 from local sandstone; the post office (listed on the National Historic Registry) built in 1940, with its mural by Lucia Wiley, a nationally recognized fresco painter of that era
(www.muralist.org); private residences viewed from the street showing gothic, Italianate, plantation and bungalow styles of architecture; the former United Brethren Church, built in 1896; the Tillamook Hotel, built in three stages from 1900 to the 1940s and many more locations.
The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is located at 2106 2nd Street in Tillamook, Oregon. For further information, call Sally Rissel at 503-965-6973 or Ruby Fry-Matson at the Pioneer Museum at 503-842-4553.
Download and/or view or printout the following brochures, maps and
Membership Forms (pdf) for the Tillamook County Historical Society and the Walking Tour of Downtown Tillamook:
- TCHS Goals and Objectives
- Tillamook City Map, circa early 1900's
- Tillamook City Building Information
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