Pioneer History in Story & Song: “Women Poets & Ballad Composers”

JACKSONVILLE, OR—On Sunday, April 9, 2017, Northwest Troubadour David Gordon will be sharing the music and stories of influential 19th Century poets and composers, many of whose names have been lost to history—because they were women! Gordon brings both their music and their stories to light in “Women Poets & Ballad Composers,” the fourth concert […]

By | March 27th, 2017|History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Romancing the West Comes to Jacksonville Inn on April 2!

The popular touring documentary concert Romancing the West returns to the City that inspired it for a special dinner show at Jacksonville Inn on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 at 5:30 pm. Romancing the West Legacy Tour launched in 2013 has toured ever since, from the West Coast to Midwest shows this past September and this […]

April Workshop & Seminar: Gateway to Germany

April 7 & 8, 2017, the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society is sponsoring a 2-day workshop and seminar, “Gateway to Germany.” Guest speaker, Warren Bittner CGSM, Author, Genealogical Researcher & Historian, has over 30 years of research experience in several fields, including research methodology, German Genealogical Research, Gothic German Script, and German Immigrant Research. Seating is […]

By | February 27th, 2017|History News & Events|0 Comments

Quilts & Genealogy

The fourth Tuesday of every month, the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society presents “Quilts & Genealogy Talks.” When you attend these programs you’ll learn about the history of one or more quilts. Sometimes the research in to the history of a quilt leads to genealogical clues! February 28, six different speakers share their story of a […]

By | February 27th, 2017|History News & Events|0 Comments

SOHS Windows in Time: Author Edison Marshall, Fame and Fortune!

Vicki Bryden, long-time SOHS Volunteer, speaks about Author Edison Marshall, his books and his accomplishments. He came to Medford as a boy with his father, who bought into the orchard boom. Fulfilling his childhood dream, he became a successful writer and had over sixty novels published, including his 1953 novel, “Caravan to Xanadu, a Novel […]

By | February 26th, 2017|History News & Events|0 Comments

Writing The Great War: Southern Oregon Letters and Stories From WW1

Kicking off the 2017 Windows in Time lunchtime history talks, historian Bill Miller will present “Writing the Great War: Southern Oregon Letters and Stories from WW1,” at the Medford Branch Library, 205 South Central Avenue, on Wednesday, January 4, and the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard, on January 11, from 12 noon to 1 […]

By | December 29th, 2016|Event News, History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

2016 Holidays at Hanley Farm

Celebrate the Holidays at Hanley Farm!

Over the centuries, decorating Christmas trees and homes for the holiday season has become a tradition. Early Christmas trees were adorned with paper roses, lit candles, wafers, nuts and sweets.

December 26 & 27, 2016, travel back in time as you tour the Hanley Farmhouse. Costumed docents will guide you through […]

By | December 15th, 2016|Event News, History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Beekman House 2016 “Boxing Day” Tours Benefit ACCESS

JACKSONVILLE, OR—Historic Jacksonville, Inc. will celebrate the Victorian Christmas Boxing Day tradition on Monday, December 26, when all Victorian Christmas tours of Jacksonville’s historic Beekman House will be $2 per person with a canned good donation for ACCESS. If visitors pay full price ($5 for adults, $3 for seniors or students), all tour entry fees […]

By | December 15th, 2016|Event News, History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Southern Oregon Historical Society Cutbacks

Due to the disappointing defeat of the Heritage District Measure 15-164, the Board of the Southern Oregon Historical Society, a 70 year-old Oregon institution, is forced to reorganize its operations. In a letter to Society members, SOHS President Doug McGeary stated that, “While our partners of the Southern Oregon Heritage Association have promised to struggle […]

By | November 28th, 2016|History News & Events|0 Comments

Southern Oregon Historical Society Announces 2016 Volunteer Recognition!

MEDFORD, OR—At its 2016 Annual Meeting on Sunday, September 25, the Southern Oregon Historical Society honored six individuals whose volunteer efforts received accolades from the organization’s trustees, staff, and other volunteers. Two recipients were acknowledged as Volunteers of the Year; three recipients were recognized for their impact as New Volunteers; and one individual was singled […]

By | October 25th, 2016|History News & Events|0 Comments

YES on Ballot Measure 15-164! – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Many of us learned history as names, dates, places, and battles, memorized and regurgitated for a test, and then promptly forgotten.  But that’s only a very small part of history.  History is really about people and their stories!

The only things I remember from a U.S. History course is that there were four cows for every […]

By | October 24th, 2016|History News & Events|0 Comments

SOHS Tales From the Collections – Pinto Colvig: Jackson County’s Favorite Clown

The Southern Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the October event for its monthly Tales from the Collections program. The program will take place at SOHS’s History Center in downtown Medford (106 N. Central Ave.) on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10am to 12pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Pinto Colvig […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Event News, History News & Events|0 Comments

Victorian Mourning Customs at Jacksonville’s Historic Beekman House

JACKSONVILLE, OR – The Victorians created elaborate rituals around the passing of a loved one. Death was considered part of life’s texture, giving it essential meaning. Join Historic Jacksonville at the 1873 Beekman House between 11am and 3pm on Saturday or Sunday, October 15 and 16, to explore how Jacksonville’s most prominent pioneer family honored […]

What is the Boogeyman’s Bride’s Deep, Dark, Secret?

Three haunting nights in October, Hanley Farm hosts the “The Boogeyman’s Bride,” presented by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and the Crater High School Renaissance Academy. Lantern-bearers lead groups through the farm’s dark corn field and woods, as the drama unfolds about the Boogeyman’s Bride’s deep . . . dark . . . secret. Suitable […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Event News, History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

October 2016 Jacksonville Haunted History Tours

Join Historic Jacksonville, Inc. on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8, for the final Jacksonville Haunted History walking tours of the season. These tours have been so popular that we’re now offering five tours each night!

These approximately one-hour docent-led tours leave from the Jacksonville Visitors Center at the corner of North Oregon and C […]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Event News, History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Jacksonville’s “Crowning Glory” Once Again – by Whitman Parker

The Jackson County Courthouse which stands proudly at 206 N. 5th Street was constructed in 1883-1884 and served as the seat of county government until 1927. The two-story building is a wood frame structure made of brick and stone, constructed on the former site of Jacksonville’s Masonic Lodge. The building is in the “Italianate,” style, […]

By | August 25th, 2016|History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Jacksonville Cemetery Association and Madrone Theatre Company Team-Up to Present “Spoon River Anthology”

For the past ten years, the pioneers of Jacksonville have been brought back to life each October, through dramatic “Meet the Pioneers” reenactment performances in the Jacksonville Cemetery. The grassroots community event has grown each year, with hundreds of visitors trekking up the hill above the gold rush town in small groups to enjoy historical […]

Travel in the Victorian Age: From Horse to “Horseless Carriage”

JACKSONVILLE, OR—Americans were on the move during the second half of the 19th Century! In the span of 50 years, transportation options advanced from horseback, wagon or buggy, stagecoach, and sailing ship, to railroad, steamship and automobile. And Jacksonville’s pioneer Beekman famly experienced them all! View antique cars and learn about the rapid changes in […]

What We Wore: A History of Women’s Fashion

The Southern Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the July event for its monthly Tales from the Collections program. The program will take place at SOHS’s History Center in downtown Medford (106 N. Central Ave.) on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 from 10am to 12pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Join SOHS’s […]

NEW Jacksonville Haunted History Tours

Join Historic Jacksonville, Inc. at 7 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8, for Jacksonville Haunted History walking tours. These approximately one-hour docent-led tours leave from the Jacksonville Visitors Center at the corner of North Oregon and C streets and include some moderate elevations. Tours are limited to the first 15 people. The cost is […]

Step Behind the Counter of the Oldest Bank in the Pacific Northwest!

The historic Beekman Bank is again open for business with docents accepting “deposits” to help preserve and share local history. From 11:00am to 4:00pm, Friday through Monday, the public is invited to step behind the counter of the oldest bank in the Pacific Northwest. Located at the corner of California and North 3rd streets in […]

By | June 28th, 2016|History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Rock Point Cemetery Tour

The Rock Point Cemetery dates from the 1860’s White Family cemetery, near their stage coach stop, now known as the Del Rio Winery area. Over a hundred years ago, the White family donated about 26-1/2 acres of land for a cemetery in the Rock Point district a few miles west of Gold Hill. The Birdseye […]

By | June 23rd, 2016|History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Living History Days Return to Hanley Farm

Living History Days return to the Southern Oregon Historical Society’s Hanley Farm from 11am-4pm, July 16 and 17, 2016!

A wagon ride will take you back in history. The Cascade Civil War Society will hold an encampment and share their characters and stories with visitors. Fire off the canon if you dare!

Tour the Hanley Home and […]

By | June 23rd, 2016|History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Step Back in Time via Jacksonville Living History!

JACKSONVILLE, OR— Time travel to 1932 on Saturday, June 25, 2016 when Historic Jacksonville, Inc. brings the 1873 Cornelius C. Beekman House to life with Living History Tours at 12 noon, 1:30 pm and 3 pm. The Beekman House is located at 470 E. California Street in Jacksonville.

The country is deep into the Great Depression. […]

By | June 23rd, 2016|History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Victorian Hobbies & Crafts at Jacksonville’s Historic Beekman House

Join Historic Jacksonville, Inc. and local craft guilds for an afternoon of Victorian Hobbies & Crafts from 12 noon to 4 pm on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the historic 1873 Beekman House located at 470 E. California Street in Jacksonville.

“The Industrial Revolution meant increased leisure time for most upper and middle class Victorians,” explains […]

By | June 11th, 2016|History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

From Jacksonville to Hollywood: The Life of Pinto Colvig

Medford, Oregon (May 16, 2016) — Jackson County Library Services and the Southern Oregon Historical Society are proud to announce the June topic in the 2016 Windows in Time history series: “From Jacksonville to Hollywood: The Life of Pinto Colvig.” This noon lecture will be presented by local historian, Ben Truwe on Wednesday, June 1, […]

Time Travel to 1932 via Jacksonville Living History!

Step back in time on Saturday, May 28, 2016, when Historic Jacksonville, Inc. brings the 1873 Cornelius C. Beekman House to life with Living History Tours at 12 noon, 1:30 pm and 3 pm. The Beekman House is located at 470 E. California Street in Jacksonville.

It’s 1932. The country is deep into the Great Depression. […]

1873 Beekman House Tours: “Victorian Architecture & Style

The Southern Oregon Miniaturists join Historic Jacksonville, Inc. on Saturday, May 21, 2016, to kick off the 2016 season of events at the 1873 Cornelius C. Beekman House located at 470 E. California Street in Jacksonville. From 12 noon to 4 p.m. Victorian costumed docents will offer house tours every 15 minutes, sharing information on […]

Help Wanted: Part-Time Docent for Beekman Bank

Help Wanted:  Outgoing individual(s) for part time docent position in Jacksonville’s Historic Beekman Bank Museum from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.  Docent(s) will be responsible for opening and closing Bank, overseeing artifacts, sharing bank and local history with the public, and highlighting local activities and services.  2 shifts available:  Fridays & Saturdays and/or […]

By | May 4th, 2016|History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Heritage Plants at Hanley Farm

The Southern Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the Annual Heritage Plant Sale at the Historic Hanley Farm, May 7 and 8, 2016 from 10am to 3pm. Hanley Farm is at 1053 Hanley Road between Jacksonville and Central Point. Admission is free.

Three generations of the Hanley family lived on and worked this farm starting […]

SOHS Heritage Cemetery Day at Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery

Join historian Dirk Siedlecki at Jacksonville’s historic cemetery on April 10, 2016 from 11am to 1 pm. Learn about the early history of the cemetery and about many of the souls who rest in this Silent City on the Hill. Meet your Docents at the top of the Cemetery Road near the flag pole. This […]

By | March 30th, 2016|Event News, History News & Events|0 Comments

Jacksonville Boosters Club 2016 Historic Home and Garden Tour

This month, Boosters Club President Mike McClain generously donated his column space so I could tell you about our upcoming Historic Home and Garden Tour happening in May. Our theme this year is “Unique Jacksonville…Enjoy our Past, Savor our Present,” offering a very special and exciting home and garden tour lineup!

The tour dates are Saturday, […]

By | March 30th, 2016|Event News, History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Historic Road Trip Explores Early Agricultural Boom

Southern Oregon Historical Society announces the spring Miles Through Time Road Trip exploring historic Jackson County orchards on Sunday, April 17, 2016. The Road Trip starts at 9am (site to be announced) and ends at 1pm or 2pm, depending on pace.

Jackson County boomed when the Oregon and California Railroad opened up new markets for local […]

By | March 24th, 2016|Event News, History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Stories & Songs from the Civil War

JACKSONVILLE, OR—Historians have called the American Civil War “a musical war,” and Confederate General Robert E. Lee once remarked that without music, there would have been no army. On Sunday, April 10, 2016, folk singer and historian David Gordon brings the music of the Civil War to life through original songs from the era along […]

By | March 21st, 2016|Event News, History News & Events|0 Comments

Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine exhibit to visit Medford, Oregon

Medford, Ore. – March 8, 2016– Celebrate the wonders of Oregon wine and the people who make it possible in Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine, a traveling exhibition curated by the Oregon Historical Society in collaboration with local history organizations and industry leaders. This unique, engaging exhibition, which will be on display at Southern […]

SOHS Map Now Includes Historical Markers in Jackson County

The Southern Oregon Historical Society’s website now includes a map to a unique series of historical markers in Jackson County that were placed by the Society in the 1970s. All but the Tub Springs marker are made from welded sections of railroad rail. Just exploring the online map can be fun and educational. Its researchers, […]

By | February 22nd, 2016|History News & Events|0 Comments

Lion Dance Clinic at the Rogue Valley Mall

The Southern Oregon Historical Society invites you to join them for Lion Dance Clinic on Sunday, March 13 at 1 pm at the Rogue Valley Mall. St. Mary’s students will teach observers how to perform the traditional Lion Dance featured in the annual Chinese New Year parade. Instruction will include the cultural and historical significance […]

By | February 22nd, 2016|Event News, History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Music in the Valley: Rogue Valley Fiddle Makers and Chinese Instruments

Music filled the Rogue Valley a century ago as it does today! On Saturday Feb. 27, 2016 from 10am-12pm at the downtown Medford History Center of the Southern Oregon Historical Society, Stephen Bacon of Bellwood Violin will talk about three groups of Southern Oregon fiddle makers and show representative Chinese instruments that were used in […]

By | February 10th, 2016|Event News, History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

“Courage in the Golden Valley: Southern Oregon Chinese History”

A New Exhibition from the Southern Oregon Historical Society

This month, the Southern Oregon Historical Society opens its 2016 annual exhibition—“Courage in the Golden Valley: Chinese History in Southern Oregon” which highlights the lives and impact of 19th century Chinese immigrants to this region, presenting this history through the voices and perspective of the Chinese to […]

By | January 27th, 2016|Event News, History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

New in 2016: Monthly Series “Pioneer History in Story and Song”

Music was one of the bright spots for the pioneers who settled Southern Oregon in the 1800s. Lives of frequent hardship were lightened by songs of home and love; toil accompanied by music was easier to endure; and gatherings with friends and family were cause for celebration. On Sunday, January 10, Historic Jacksonville, Inc. will launch […]

By | December 25th, 2015|History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

2015 Beekman House “Boxing Day” Tours Benefit ACCESS

Historic Jacksonville, Inc. will celebrate the Victorian Christmas Boxing Day tradition on Saturday and Sunday, December 26 and 27, 2015 when all Victorian Christmas tours of Jacksonville’s historic Beekman House will be $2 per person with a canned good donation for ACCESS. If visitors pay full price ($5 for adults, $3 for seniors or students), […]

By | December 17th, 2015|History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Celebrate 2015 Victorian Christmas at Jacksonville’s Historic Beekman House

Experience a Victorian Christmas this holiday season at the historic Beekman House, located at 470 E. California Street in Jacksonville, Oregon. This 1873 residence, home to Jacksonville’s wealthiest pioneer family, is decorated for a 19th Century Christmas celebration, and you’re invited to visit. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in December, […]

By | November 20th, 2015|Event News, History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

2015 Holiday Wreath-Making & Santa at Hanley Farm

Kick-off the Yuletide Season at Hanley Farm! Begin by creating your Holiday Wreath using bases made from all natural materials cut fresh from the farm. And, a special treat, straight from the North Pole – Santa Claus accepted our invitation, AND he’s bringing his favorite helper-Elf with him! In addition to Santa and wreath-making, browse […]

Celebrate the Season in Victorian Fashion!

On Saturday, November 7, 2015 – kick-off the holiday season in downtown Jacksonville at the Victorian Holiday Ball at the U.S. Hotel Ballroom. The seasonal event is sponsored by the Belles & Beaus Old West/Victorian Society. Food for the evening will be catered by the Jacksonville Inn. The ball runs from 6:00-10:30pm. The evening includes […]

By | October 18th, 2015|Event News, History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

And yet ANOTHER – Community Pizza Night 2015 at Hanley Farm!

How neat have these evenings been? Those who have joined us all agree – GREAT! UNIQUE! FUN! RELAXING! Not to mention, someone else does the cooking and entertaining! Christina and Rion took October off, but they’re back and planning another fun evening of pizza and music. October 15, 2015, arrive early and take a tour […]

By | October 4th, 2015|History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Hanley Farm – Annual Scarecrow Festival 2015!

Make your own scarecrow, and if you’d like, enter your scarecrow in the People’s Choice contest. If your scarecrow wins, in addition to receiving an award, you’ll have bragging rights! You don’t need to be present when contest winners are announced October 11 at 3pm. When you’ve finished creating your winning scarecrow, enjoy the other […]

By | October 4th, 2015|Event News, History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

A 2015 Haunting Adventure by the Light of the Moon at Hanley Farm!

Hanley Farm’s been taken over by a mysterious woman. All of Jacksonville, Central Point, all of everywhere, is astir! What happens when unwanted visitors venture onto the cornfields to learn the Lady in Black’s deep, dark secret, what is it? Will you find out, or will the monster lurking in the shadows stop you? You’ll […]

By | October 4th, 2015|Event News, History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Jacksonville Chamber’s 2nd-Annual Haunted Trolley Tour

Update on 10/26/15 – Haunted Trolley Tour 2015 is sold out!

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is excited to present their 2nd-Annual Haunted Trolley Tour on October 29, 30 & 31, 2015. The tours will provide a light-hearted approach to our local history—sharing stories of Jacksonville residents who haven’t quite been able to say “goodbye!”

Tickets are […]

By | September 29th, 2015|Event News, History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Meet the Pioneers 2015 at Jacksonville Historic Cemetery

UPDATE October 5, 2015: Meet the Pioneers 2015 is sold out!

It’s hard to believe that this year’s “Meet the Pioneers” program will mark our 10th Anniversary for this very popular and fun Jacksonville event. Who knew that our planned one-time event in 2006, to raise some much-needed funding for restoration and preservation work in the […]

By | September 29th, 2015|History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Victorian Mourning Rituals at Jacksonville’s Historic Beekman House

The Victorians created elaborate rituals around the passing of a loved one. Join Historic Jacksonville at the 1873 Beekman House between 11am and 3 pm on Saturday or Sunday, October 3 and 4, 2015 to explore how Jacksonville’s most prominent pioneer family honored the dearly departed in the late 1800s.

The historic Beekman House, located at […]

By | September 29th, 2015|History News & Events, Now|0 Comments