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The Southern Oregon Historical Society, established in 1946, seeks to make history come alive by collecting, preserving, and sharing the stories and artifacts of our common heritage. Our properties include Hanley Farm in Central Point, the Research Library in Medford, and our collection of Southern Oregon artifacts.



NOW OPEN! A major new exhibit of artifacts, photographs and stories illustrating life in Southern Oregon in the 1960s.

Local issues often reflected nationwide trends. Fashion and popular culture took on the colors and trends of the nation. Through the growing influence of television, people in Southern Oregon became more immediately connected to the nation than they had ever been. Far Out! highlights life in Southern Oregon to tell the story of how this community experienced the wild ride that was the 1960s.

Far Out! will be open from March 29 through April 27 at 39 N. Central Ave. in a space donated by the owners of the Historic Woolworth Building. Details, exhibit hours, and prices, are available here.



We want your help! SOHS is developing a major new exhibit for the spring of 2015. Please take our survey and tell us which of these possible topics would interest you the most and which you would be likely to see.



SOHS Celebrates a New Definitive Work on the DeAutremont Train Robbery!

SOHS is celebrating the publication of Scott Mangold's Tragedy at Southern Oregon Tunnel 13: DeAutremonts Hold Up the Southern Pacific.  A limited number of autographed copies are available for purchase at the SOHS Research Library.

The DeAutremont brothers were looking for a big score. Th
ey brought dynamite, guns and a getaway car. On October 11, 1923, at the summit of the Siskiyou Mountains in southern Oregon, the three young men held up a passenger train, with disastrous consequences. Their rash actions resulted in the tragic deaths of three Southern Pacific trainmen and one U.S. Mail clerk, unleashing a public outcry that still rings through Oregon's history. In this riveting account, rail historian Scott Mangold draws on interviews, in-depth research and previously unpublished maps and photographs to document the events at Tunnel 13. Join Mangold as he chronicles the resulting four-year manhunt and eventual conviction of the DeAutremonts and provides insight into the lives into the robbery's bitter legacy.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Scott Mangold was born in Seattle, raised in Portland and graduated from Willamette University in Salem with a degree in economics. Although a U.S. Air Force veteran and a manager during most of his thirty-five-year airline career, Scott professes always to have been more interested in trains than planes. A lover of history in general-and southern Oregon being rich in history-Scott knew that he and wife, Lori, would have to retire there. Since moving to the Medford area, Scott has served on the board of the Ashland Historic Railroad Museum and is a volunteer researcher at the Southern Oregon Historical Society.




History: Made by You Exhibition 
“Love’s Labors Found: A Celebration of Volunteerism at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival” 
Now open at the Rogue Valley Mall 

Volunteerism is the heart of the Rogue Valley. From the young to the old, many contribute their time, energy, and love to organizations they feel committed to and inspired by. This act exemplifies the strong heritage of volunteerism in Southern Oregon, as local residents contribute to their communities and help them thrive.



Volunteers have contributed to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival since its founding in 1935. The new exhibition from the Southern Oregon Historical Society, “Love’s Labor’s Found: A Celebration of Volunteerism at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival,” honors that dedication and community spirit. By focusing on transitional periods in OSF’s history, the exhibition explores how volunteers helped develop OSF into the successful theatre company we know today.

This exhibition was created as part of the SOHS’s traveling exhibition program, History: Made by You. Through this program, SOHS partners with local community groups to research, develop, and install an exhibition on local history that travels throughout Jackson County. If you are interested in learning more about History: Made by You, please contact Amy Drake, Curator of Special Projects, at amy@sohs.org.

This project is sponsored in part by a grant from the John and Jane Youell Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.
Belle Douglass sewing in the costume shop, 1977                 
Photograph by Hank Kranzler                                 
Courtesy of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival                  



The Southern Oregon Historical Society is building its collection of original documents, photographs, and artifacts from the 1960s relating to the events and the experiences of individuals whose lives were directly affected by those events in southern Oregon. These objects may be displayed in a planned 2014 exhibition on the history of Southern Oregon in the 1960s

If you have such materials and would like to donate or loan them to SOHS, please complete the online form and our Registrar will contact you.

Please be aware that SOHS accepts only items that truly fill a gap in the collections and then only after careful consideration by museum staff and the Board of Directors. Because of this rigorous selection process, SOHS adds to its collections only a small percentage of what it is offered. Artifact donations are only accepted as unrestricted gifts and without restrictions.


Recent Announcements

  • SOHS Celebrates a New Definitive Work on the DeAutremont Train Robbery! SOHS will host a release party and book signing to celebrate the publication of Scott Mangold's Tragedy at Southern Oregon Tunnel 13: DeAutremonts Hold Up the Southern Pacific. The ...
    Posted Nov 4, 2013, 11:26 AM by Amy Drake
  • History: Made by You Exhibition Opening on Thursday, September 19 History: Made by You Exhibition Opening: “Love’s Labors Found: A Celebration of Volunteerism at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival” Thursday, September 19, 2013, 5:30 - 7 pmRemarks and screening ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2013, 3:18 PM by Amy Drake
  • Origins Dinner on June 22, 2013 on "Good Friday, 1964: The Great Alaskan Earthquake and Tsunami" MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW!
    Posted Jun 10, 2013, 1:07 PM by Amy Drake
  • SOHS Receives $15,000 Grant from the John and Jane Youell Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation SOHS is the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the John and Jane Youell Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation to continue and expand its award-winning community-based ...
    Posted May 30, 2013, 3:44 PM by Amy Drake
  • Pioneer Aviator Eugene Ely the topic of Windows in Time The Southern Oregon Historical Society and Jackson County Library Services are proud to announce "Flying to Be Somebody: The Forgotten Story of Pioneer Aviator Eugene Ely" as the next topic ...
    Posted May 22, 2013, 11:33 AM by Amy Drake
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Selected Articles

  • A Brief Bloom: The Tragically Short Career of Jacksonville Artist Regina Dorland Robinson   0k - Jan 9, 2013, 11:15 AM by Amy Drake (v2)
  • C. E. S. Wood and Bill Hanley   0k - Jan 9, 2013, 11:08 AM by Amy Drake (v2)
  • The Railroads Promoted the Pacific Northwest   0k - Nov 19, 2012, 10:57 AM by Amy Drake (v2)
  • Women at Camp White.pdf   5480k - Nov 14, 2012, 3:13 PM by Amy Drake (v2)
  • Ashland Mills beginnings.pdf   456k - Nov 14, 2012, 2:56 PM by Amy Drake (v2)
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