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About Us


The mission of the Deschutes County Historical Society is to preserve, promote and celebrate our shared local history.

Vision for the Deschutes Historical Museum:

To develop a vibrant museum and community center dedicated to education, research, and appreciation for our unique history, a living legacy that embraces many stories and grows with each new generation.

Land Acknowledgement:

The Deschutes County Historical Society acknowledges the Native People on whose ancestral homelands we operate, as well as the diverse and vibrant Native communities who continue to make their home here today: the Klamath, Molalla, Northern Paiute, and Warm Springs tribes. Their story, and their sacrifices, are the beginning of the story of Deschutes County.

DCHS is a Non Profit:

The Deschutes County Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. Reid School, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is owned by Deschutes County, which leases the building to DCHS for the purposes of running a museum.

DCHS’ non-profit tax ID is 51-0186079.


The initial board of directors of the corporation and the adoptors of the bylaws were, with the first officers noted:

Faith Hall, President
Ed Jackson, Vice President
Edrey S. Anker, Secretary
Laura Wonser, Treasurer
Leroy Smith
Betty-Marie Baker
Judy Hoiness

CURRENT BYLAWS [last revised 2018]

Click here to download a copy of the current bylaws.

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