Butte County Historical Society Museum

Butte County Historical Society Museum

The Butte County Historical Society Museum tells the stories of the lives of people in Butte County from the early mining days to the present time.

BCHS Museum Collections

Three major collections are managed by the Museum, two of which are permanent and one of which is expendable:

  • The General Collection (permanent) which is composed of objects that relate to the social, political, economic and cultural heritage of the people of Butte County.
  • The Archives Collection (permanent) includes photographs, documents, published material, maps, scrapbooks, film, video tapes, sound recordings, ephemera and other historical materials that relate to the same parameters as the other collections.
  • The Educational Support Collection (expendable) includes objects that may be used in the activities of the Museum's educational and interpretive programs. Replicas, duplicates or objects of non-local origin may be designated for this collection, as well as equipment items needed to access archival non-print media.

Other BCHS Museums

The Butte County Historical Society also runs and maintains several other historical sites and museums across Butte County:

  • Bangor Church, a former community church turned history museum, dedicated to the history of the small community
  • BCHS Archives, which serves researchers from all over the world seeking information about hundreds of topics as well as family connections
  • Ehmann Home, the "House that Olives Built," dedicated to the history of Freda Ehmann, the mother of the modern olive canning industry
  • Oregon City School, a museum showcasing the history of Oregon City and its school district
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