The University of Oregon’s 1st football game in 1893. Scene shows crowd standing on sidelines of football field with teams playing in center. Horses and buggies line fence in foreground. Coach was Cal Young; final score was U of O 24 and Albany College 2. In background left to right are: Villard Hall, Deady Hall, the gymnasium and Friendly Hall. 1893 - Catalog Number: GN6054

  • County Historical Museums - All of Lane County's historical museums are listed with either a link or informational page.
  • Historic Eugene Voices and Places - This website was made possible by a Teaching American History federal grant. It was created by a local team of history teachers wanting to provide a resource for our community to share information about Eugene's remaining architectural and historic treasures. There are also video clips that review early logging of Oakridge, early Black History of Eugene, an introduction to Mary Skinner and information about two historic homes - the Belshaw-Condon home as well as the McNail-Riley home.
  • Links - Several useful and informative sites are listed.
  • Oregon Trail Pioneers - Please see below for information about the Oregon Trail and Oregon Pioneers.

Heritage Outreach Grant Program

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Historical Society Announces 2015 Grant Program

The Lane County Historical Society is pleased to announce a new round of Heritage Outreach Grants. Seven grants totaling $7,500 were awarded last February to promote historical activities ranging from historic walking tour brochures (Cottage Grove Historical Society) to digitizing museum collections (Siuslaw Pioneer Museum).

“We were very pleased with last year’s response to the grants program. Three applications were received for each grant awarded, so there was good competition for the limited dollars. Many worthwhile projects were proposed that could not be funded last year, so we thought we would offer the program again,” stated Bob Hart, LCHS executive director.

Broad eligibility applies for the grants: non-profits, museums, commercial businesses, tribes, and individuals. Geographical dispersal of funds will be considered so that communities beyond the Springfield-Eugene urban area may also benefit from the program. And it is hoped that more reasonable expectations of the size of grant awards may be expected if the $7,500 amount of the grant pool is emphasized, along with the announced intention to award at least 5 grants.

Applications for projects will be accepted until November 1st, 2014 for grant projects beginning before June 30, 2015. Successful heritage outreach grant applicants will be publicly announced at the Lane County Historical Society annual meeting on February 14th, 2015.

Downloadable Guidelines PDF

Last Year’s Heritage Outreach Grant Awardees

Oregon Trail Pioneers

  • Packing List
    This list is based upon Captain John Barnes Marcy's advice for emigrants from his detailed guidebook entitled "The Prairie Traveler, A Hand-Book For Overland Expeditions" which was published in 1859 by the U.S. Army. This resource gives a wonderful insight into how the typical emigrant needed to prepare for the long journey ahead when it came to food, clothing, camp supplies, medicine and weapons.
  • The Prairie Schooner
    This is a wonderful compilation of information describing the type of covered wagon most commonly used by the pioneers heading west.
  • Horses, Mules or Oxen
    Choosing the type(s) of animals to take on the Oregon Trail was a key to success for the early pioneers. Read about the pros and cons that the emigrants had to consider before they headed to Oregon.
  • Diary Excerpts
  • The Lost Wagon Train & Oregon Trail Cutoff Fever
  • Pioneer Chores and Artifacts

Public domain books on Oregon History

Photograph at the top of this page: Oregon Motor Stages bus on McKenzie Highway. Snow covered peaks of the Three Sisters in background. - Catalog Number: CS307

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