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.
COMING SOON: A major new exhibit of artifacts, photographs and stories illustrating life in Southern Oregon in the 1960s
Far Out: Southern Oregon in the 1960s will be open to the public from March 29 through April 27 at 29 N. Central Ave. in a space donated by the owners of the Historic Woolworth Building. For details, exhibit hours and prices, click here: FAR OUT! Southern Oregon in the 1960s
The exhibit kicks off with grand opening 1960s costume party and exhibit preview. For details or to make a reservation, click here: FAR OUT! Southern Oregon in the 1960s
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. They 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 In this riveting account, rail historian Scott Mangold draws on interviews, in-depth research and previously unpublished maps and photographs to document the events at Tunnel 13.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 firstname.lastname@example.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.