American Women & WWI

“Sacrifice” was the word of the day for women during World War I. In addition to being asked to give up their loved ones, women were expected to maintain the family morale, bring home a paycheck, sacrifice certain items of food and clothing and to labor for social causes. The choices these women made during Read More …

Short Stories of Strange Things in Polk County

Scott McArthur, Monmouth historian and retired lawyer, will be the featured speaker at the monthly, program meeting of the Polk County Historical Society Saturday, April 15, at 1:30 p.m. at the Polk County Museum at the Polk County Fairgrounds at Rickreall.        McArthur, a 49-year member of the Polk County Historical Society, is the author of Read More …

Blossom Day at the Brunk House

The city of Salem was dubbed “Cherry City” in 1907. In 1920 “Blosssom Day” was organized centering around tours of the beautiful cherry blossoms—not the fruit. “Blossom Day” was intended to bring visitors from other parts of the state into the area to advertise the agriculture, business, and government advantages of the area. The original Read More …

Annual Family Day

   The Polk County Museum invites everyone to a free day of activities on Saturday March 18th, 1:30PM to 4:00PM–rain or shine. This annual Family Day is our way of repaying Polk County for the support and encouragement that has been shown to us this past year. The event is filled with activities for young Read More …

Eisenhower with Tom Branigar

In honor of President’s Day, the Polk County Historical Society is pleased to present a special lecture about President Dwight D. Eisenhower by archivist Thomas Branigar. Branigar, who worked at the Eisenhower Library in Kansas for 31 years, uncovered new information about Eisenhower’s family background that historians had completely overlooked. This resulted in a major Read More …

Quilt Display

The Polk County Historical Society invites you to see their current display of historic quilts. The quilts are arranged on the bannisters of the upper floor of the museum and create a ring of beauty. When you are on the upper floor you can read about each quilt. This is the first time we have Read More …

State Representative Paul Evans on Military Experiences

State Representative Paul Evans will be discussing his military experiences on Nov. 19 in the Stafrin Room of the museum. Rep. Evans spent more than four years on active duty with the 728th Air Control Squadron completing missions throughout the world. He returned to civilian life in 1997. Paul’s Oregon Air National Guard was recalled Read More …

Autumn Weaving Workshop Weave In

Come learn about local Native American culture, traditional weaving, local plants and their traditional uses, traditional tools and uses, plus more! Weave one project, or stay and make a couple weaving projects, kits to go. Fees include – basketry materials, instruction and Museum donation ~Tule Duck Decoys -$10 each ~Western Red Cedar Rose pins -$10 Read More …