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The Siuslaw Pioneer Museum has been fortunate to receive as part of its collection, items and artifacts from local pioneer families, their descendants and others. The Museum is unique in that regard. Exhibits showcase only historical items of the Siuslaw Valley and its surrounding areas. Many of the artifacts were made or used by a pioneer in their everyday life. Visit our museum Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
View the on-line searchable indexes of Family Names or Subject Files as a source for your research. Items within the museum’s collection are categorized by subject or pioneer family. The on-site William Kyle Research Library maintains these files for public access. 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.
Our Rotating Exhibit was introduced in September, 2022 and is replaced with a new exhibit approximately every two months. The current display features images of past Rhododendron Festival Kings, Queens and their Court. 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. They share family stories passed down to them describing life growing up in our area. 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, or growing up in a Civil Conservation Corp camp, or peeling chittem bark to sell and supplement the family’s income. Another describes one’s early achievements of pitching the first no-hitter baseball game for Siuslaw High School. View these Stories Here and many more of our audio and transcribed interviews at the Kyle Research Library (open Tuesday and Thursday, 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.
ORAL HISTORY CASSETTES CONVERTED to CD
The Siuslaw Pioneer Museum has completed its project of converting cassette tapes from its Oral History project to CDs. These CDs are available for public viewing at the...
WOODEN TRAIN RE-DISCOVERED
It began with a chance “re-discovery” of a boxed up, wooden train in disrepair. Siuslaw Pioneer Museum curator, Sandy Zinn went searching for a spare box. She happened upon...
CURATING AN EXHIBIT
Sandy Zinn, Museum Interim-Curator A Glimpse Into What Get's Displayed The Siuslaw Pioneer Museum has been fortunate to receive many items and artifacts for its...