About Gresham Historical Society & Museum
The Gresham Historical Society is a private, non-profit organization, which manages the Gresham Historical Museum and special collections library and archive, located in Historic Downtown Gresham.

Our History
The Gresham Historical Society was founded by the Gresham Community Bicentennial Committee in 1976. In 1990, the Gresham Historical Society purchased the Gresham Carnegie Library, which now houses the Gresham Historical Museum and Special Collections Library.​Funded through donations from volunteers and the local community, the Gresham Historical Society was run exclusively by volunteers and managed by a volunteer Board of Directors for the majority of its history.​In 2010, Multnomah County voters passed a 5-year property tax levy. The Gresham Historical Society began to receive a portion of these funds, allowing for the society to hire the museum’s first employee and significantly improve its ability to achieve its mission and commitment to the local community.

Our Mission
The Gresham Historical Society is dedicated to providing a center for the collection, preservation, exhibition, and publication of material of historical and cultural importance; to acquiring documents, manuscripts, publications, artifacts and images; to promoting knowledge and appreciation of Gresham’s history to the public through educational programs and exhibitions.

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Current Exhibits
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We expect the Museum to be closed for several months, at least through October, as repairs due to the fire are completed. Indoor events at the Museum have been canceled for the next two months, at the least. While the weather is good, we will participate in outdoor events such as Third Thursday, and we will be setting up a booth at the Farmers Market on Saturdays. Volunteers are needed to staff these events. 

The Gresham Historical Society is a non-profit organization that is funded by memberships, grants, and fundraising events. To help with renovations from the fire and to make the building a safe place to store our collections, we have established the Gresham Historical Society Fire Account at the Gresham branch of Riverview Community Bank at 225 NE Burnside Rd. Donations can also be sent to PO Box 65, Gresham, OR 97030, or online at greshamhistorical.org.

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