108 SW Frazer Ave, Pendleton, OR, 97801 United States
The Umatilla County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1974, and each year's Board of Directors has built upon the vision of its 100 charter members in providing the means to document and share local history.
An historic journal, Pioneer Trails, was first published in 1976. It continues to be printed three times annually to document the stories of the people, places and events in Umatilla County.
In 1981 contents of the Sturgis Museum at Blue Mountain Community College were donated to the Historical Society, the beginning of its collection of historic objects.
A storefront gallery opened as headquarters for the Historical Society in 1985. Limited exhibits were installed and Terrific Tuesdays, an educational program series began.
Arrangements were made to convert Pendleton’s train station to a museum in 1987. Renovations followed and the exhibits, programs, and collections came under one roof for the first time in 1988.