Academic journal article Oregon Historical Quarterly

Clatsop County Historical Society

Academic journal article Oregon Historical Quarterly

Clatsop County Historical Society

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Clatsop County Historical Society

1618 Exchange Street

Astoria, Oregon 97103

Phone: (503) 325-2203

E-mail: CaptainFlavel@aol.com

Website: www.clatsophistoricalsociety.org

OHS Affiliate since 1945

One of Oregon's scenic treasures, Clatsop County has a deep and varied history that arises from its location where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. The Clatsop County Historical Society preserves and presents the area's local history in three museums and a historic house.

The Heritage Museum is housed in Astoria's former city hall, a classical revival building completed in 1995 that is currently undergoing remodeling. An exhibit scheduled to be completed this year will tell the story of the Clatsops and other Native peoples who were here before Lewis and Clark and how the Lewis and Clark visit has affected them. Vice and Virtue in Clatsop County depicts the saloons and brothels once found in Astoria. The Heritage Museum also houses the society's research center and archives, which holds more than thirty thousand images.

The society also operates a fire museum and children's museum in a historic building that was originally a brewery and, after Prohibition was enacted, a firehouse. The Uppertown Firefighters Museum houses firefighting equipment dating from 1879 to 1963. The Astoria Children's Museum offers children a hands-on introduction to the area's rich history. …

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