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National Historic Preservation Month


While every month is historic preservation month for us here at the Deschutes County Historical Society, May is National Historic Preservation Month, a chance to bring awareness to the importance of saving our historic places. Check out our schedule of events for programs happening around Deschutes County.

Entire Month: Redmond First Presbyterian Church Photo Submission

Wednesdays and Sundays Through the Month: Downtown Sisters Tours

Historic Landmarks Walking Tour led by a docent from the museum

10am and will run about 1hr and will travel less than a mile

These tours are free but we ask that you make reservations by calling TSHS 541-549-1403 or email us at museum@threesistershistoricalsociety.org

May 2,7*, 16, 21 and 31*, 2023: Camp Polk Cemetery Tours

Led by one of Sister’s most iconic early historic figures “Martha Cobb” (aka Sisters Historical Society President Jan Hodgers – one of Martha’s relatives in real life!)

Those designated with an asterisk are in conjunction with the Deschutes Land Trust and will include the Camp Polk Meadow.

1-3pm Tours are free, but reservations are required. Please call Jan at 541-788-0274

Wednesday May 3rd, 2023: City of Bend Historic Preservation Month Proclamation

Friday May 5th, 2023: First Friday Art Walk Scavenger Hunt 

Begins at 5pm Scavenger Hunts can be picked up outside of Red Chair Gallery until 8pm

Prizes can be claimed that evening at Red Chair or Saturday May 6th at DHM

Saturday May 20th, 2023: Wedding Reception to Honor Adaptive reuse and the Historic Redmond Church


Sunday May 21st, 2023: Bicycle Bonanza Day at Troy Field 

Upcycle your old bicycle and bike parts to Bicycle Re-Source of Bend, an organization dedicated for many years to connecting bikes with folks who need them

Old, unused bicycles, bike parts, tires, helmets, etc…all things bicycle are welcome!

8am-2pm Historic Troy Field in the heart of downtown Bend 690 NW Bond Street Bend, OR 97701

Sponsored by Friends of Troy Field

Saturday May 27th, 2023: Archaeology Roadshow

The 11th annual Archaeology Roadshow focuses on the Archaeology of Transportation and features dozens of presentations and activities hosted by archaeologists and heritage specialists from Oregon and beyond

11am-3pm at the Deschutes Historical Museum 128 NW Idaho Ave. Bend, OR 97701


Tuesday May 30th, 2023: History Pub “Bend’s Baseball History in a Few Innings”

Step back in time with Vanessa Ivey, Museum Manager of the Deschutes County Historical Society & Museum as she shares stories of an earlier era when baseball wasn’t just a favorite pastime, but a way to build commerce in communities. Where the swat of the wood bat rang true whether you were a Bend Babe or a Bend Elk and twirling and hurling wasn’t a county fair ride description

7pm at Worthy Brewing 495 NE Bellevue Drive Bend, OR 97701

Free, Reservations Required


You can learn more by visiting the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Locally, our cities and county preservation goals and saved spaces can be viewed at the following links:

Deschutes County Community Development

City of Bend Community Development

City of Redmond

City of Sisters