Events & Activities

What’s Your Historical Expertise?

The late Gary Kohler, a dedicated museum volunteer, discussed trappers in the Pacific Northwest at a museum event in 2015.

The Union County Museum launched its Third Tuesday Series in June 2017. The event is designed to give local history fans the opportunity to chat with experts on a variety of topics. The casual hour-long event begins at 7 p.m., usually in the Little White Church, across Main Street from the museum, and includes time for questions and answers. Opportunities for hearing or sharing historical information are available at other museum events, as well.

Do you have an area of expertise you would like to share, concerning the area’s social, geological or cultural history? If so, please contact John Sheehy, 541.805.1001, to talk about your speaking experience and topic of choice.

We’ll see you at the Union County Museum! Open Mother’s Day through September, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Museum Society Annual Meeting

Guest speakers are the highlight of the Union County Museum Society’s annual meeting every fall. The event takes place in the Little White Church, beside City Hall and across Main Street from the museum in Union. Learn about the dedication and efforts of our organization and individuals as they work to inform about the area’s history, landmark structures and significant events from Northeast Oregon’s past.

The annual meeting date and time will be announced by late summer. In addition to a featured speaker, it includes a brief recap of the season, election of the board of directors and approval of the annual budget.

Refreshments 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 the end of September and opens again Mother’s Day. 


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

A mercantile exhibit created in the museum in 2016, 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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