Pioneer Trails

For a good read, you can't beat Pioneer Trails, the Umatilla County Historical Society's historic journal. Published quarterly each year, it is brimming with fascinating stories of the people, places, and events of days-gone-by. Pioneer Trails is the organization's most popular membership benefit. Extra copies are available for sale in the Museum Store.

Umatilla County: Pioneer Schools

This book takes a nostalgic look at the one-and two-room schools that provided educational settings for so many Umatilla County pupils. The schoolhouses also served as community centers for the "neighborhood". In 1874 there were four log schoolhouses, six frame schoolhouses with weatherboard or paint, and twenty-two buildings which were neither weatherboarded nor painted. Between 1875 and 1894, 11 rural elementary schools were built; 39 were built between 1899 and 1914; and 26 were added between 1915 and 1934. Handwritten letters and reports detail the daily rewards and challenges encountered by teachers and students in the rural schools. Photographs of classmates, teachers, and their schools and memorabilia saved for generations, help tell the stories.

Collected Memories: Umatilla County at 150

Umatilla County has a rich history. In honor of the 150th anniversary in 2012, the Umatilla County Historical Society published Collected Memories: Umatilla County at 150. This book, edited by Susan Badger Doyle with help from Keith May and the late Jack Sanders, is a compilation of stories primarily from our historical quarterly, Pioneer Trails. It includes a timeline of events, articles on some of the major events in the first 150 years, and articles on each of the towns in the county.

War on All Fronts: Oregonians Remember the Second World War

The Umatilla County Historical Society's latest book, War on All Fronts: Oregonians Remember the Second World War is a compilation of reminiscences from Umatilla County residents who were part of the Greatest Generation. Whether they were on the front lines or back home, everyone has a story to tell.  Compiled by the late Jack Sanders, this is an invaluable glimpse into the lives of those who made it through that time.


There is much to see at Heritage Station Museum!  While most visitors go on self-guided tours, guided tours can be arranged for groups to help make your museum experience even more memorable. Well-versed docents will provide extra insight. Groups of 10 or more can pre-arrange tours at the special group price of $3/person.

The 4th Grade Museum Experience is a program organized to coincide with classroom studies of Oregon history. All 4th grade classes in Umatilla County are encouraged to participate. Guided tours, schoolhouse "classes", and extra activities are included in each visit.

Call the Museum Manager today to schedule your visit: 541-276-0012