Our Mission...is to make history come alive by collecting, preserving, and sharing the stories and artifacts of our common heritage.
Our Board of Trustees, Staff and Volunteers
The Southern Oregon Historical Society is nonprofit 501c3 organization governed by its elected Board of Trustees, who act in accordance with SOHS bylaws and standard museum practices. The SOHS Director, appointed by the Board, is supported by a dedicated staff. Together, they work with many volunteers who keep the Library open, keep Hanley Farm running, and assist with programs, funding and outreach.
SOHS built its collection, maintained its buildings and provided programs with support from the tax levy citizens passed in 1949 to fund historical societies throughout Jackson County. Since July 2007, when historical levy taxes were absorbed into the County General Fund, SOHS and other groups endeavoring to preserve, protect and share our heritage have depended strictly on private funding. At this time, the old courthouse in Jacksonville is not open to the public and does not include a museum.online catalog provides images and information about many of our artifacts.
Southern Oregon Historical Society is proud to own many of paintings and sketches by Regina Dorland Robinson, including this one (1978.20.31). Our book about her is available, too.
37-acre Century Farm, listed
on the National Registry for Historic Places, provides a glimpse into agricultural life from pioneer days to the mid 20th century, in a tranquil and scenic setting.
Since its inception, the Southern Oregon Historical Society has collected, preserved and shared photographs and documents that reflect the lives of Rogue Valley residents. The Archives include many pioneer stories, but also those of later settlers, and of people born and raised in the Valley.