Events & Activities

Museum Courtyard Concert – July 16

 Click the title for the article about the evening concert in the courtyard, July 16. Music begins at 6:15, with a performance by the Sheehy Brothers, and the evening concludes with a jam session at 8 p.m., following the Bad Penny Pleasuremakers. We hope you will join us for the fun evening.

Pioneer Day, August 13

The 2016 Pioneer Day will be held in conjunction with Union’s Grassroots Festival.  Among the activities will be sheep shearing, a blacksmith demonstration, Dutch-oven cooking demonstrations, and rides on a horse-drawn wagon. Watch for more news about the day.

Museum Society Annual Meeting

Eastern Oregon University Professor Linda Reed-Jerofke will speak at the Union County Museum Society’s annual meeting Friday, October 16, at 7 p.m. The event takes place in the Little White Church, beside City Hall and across Main Street from the museum in Union.

ProfessorReed-Jerofke will talk about the historic Camp Carson mining camp. Reed-Jerofke and Eastern Oregon University Professor Rory Becker have recently conducted archeology projects in the area of the camp with their students, in hopes of learning more about the site and the people who mined there.

The camp is located near Tanner Gulch, about 21 miles south of La Grande. Both gold rush speculators and Chinese miners mined the area. War Department Maps of 1877 also mention the camp, suggesting it might have been a military establishment.

Dating back to the 1860s, Camp Carson was a mining camp on the upper reaches of the Grande Ronde River. Early gold seekers may have named it after the Carson City area of Nevada.

The annual meeting also includes a brief recap of the season, election of the board of directors and approval of the 2016 budget.

Refreshments will follow the presentation and discussion. Admission for the event is free and everyone is invited, although membership is required to vote.

After a rewarding season, the museum closes October 9 and opens again Mother’s Day, 2016. 


The new General Store is a walk-in exhibit that is drawing great reviews.

New in the museum this year is a mercantile exhibit, taking museum visitors back in time to the 1890s through 1920s. Museum curator Blanche Kohler, Union carpenter David Schmidt and volunteers worked on the exhibit all spring, using old photos of Union County stores to design the space. They gathered items from the museum collection to fill the 20 x 18’ walk-in replica of a typical small-town general store.

“From the classic false-front storefront to the layout and methods of displaying products, the museum’s General Store takes patrons back to a completely different shopping experience than what they are used to today,” said Kohler. The exhibit is in the South Building, directly behind the Cowboys Then & Now Collection, which has been housed at the Union Count Museum since 1998.

Dick Roth

Author Dick Roth discusses the history of Union’s Railroad with a museum visitor during a museum event.


Do you have a pioneer skill to demonstrate, or family stories to tell about pioneer and settlement living? Please contact the museum if you would like to participate in a museum event.


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