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The Siuslaw Pioneer Museum’s collection includes items and artifacts of local pioneer families, their descendants and others. The Museum is unique, in that exhibits showcase only historical items of the Siuslaw Valley and its surrounding areas. Many of the artifacts were made or used by pioneers in their everyday life. Visit our museum Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Searchable online indexes of Family Names and Subject Files are available as a source for your research or view the indexes and files at the on-site William Kyle Research Library. The library is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 to 3 p.m. Call the library at (541) 997-7884, ext.1 for more information.
A Rotating Exhibit is located in the museum lobby and is replaced with a new exhibit approximately every two months. The current display features the Riverview School previously located at milepost 8 on Highway 126; and the story of a plane landing on the Siuslaw River in 1937. An upcoming display will feature the old drive-in movie theater at Miller Park. Our Then and Now on-line Photo Gallery features historical images of a location alongside a contrasting image recently taken at the same location.
Enjoy stories? The Oral History Project includes interviews and stories of descendants from pioneer families and long-term residents. Stories include surviving a shipwreck, or being among the first white settlers to live on the North Fork. Life was about attending a one-room school, growing up in a Civil Conservation Corp camp, working in a sawmill or a story of pitching the first no-hitter baseball game for Siuslaw High School. Read these Stories Here or view our audio and transcribed interviews at the Kyle Research Library (open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
We welcome your visit to discover and experience the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum! The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
In 1885, “They came from Indiana with 5 children by train to San Francisco,then by schooner to Portland.This story follows an interview with Delbert (“Del”) Phelps for the museum’s...
The following story appeared in the 1948 Siuslaw Pioneer booklet. No author was credited, and its authenticity may very well be questionable, but worthy of a chuckle. It’s as much a...
School Teacher and Community Leader A long-time resident of Florence for over 57 years, Roger McCorkle is someone who has devoted much of his life to community service and the history...