About the Gresham Historical Society

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.