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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]