Southern Oregon History
The Southern Oregon Historical Society began in 1946, in response to a proposal to tear down the old Courthouse in Jacksonville. The railroad had bypassed the town 20 years earlier, a new courthouse was built in Medford, and the two-story brick building on Fifth Street had been left to ruin. People with vision saved the 1883 building and established a museum that served the Rogue Valley until 2010. The Society is currently developing plans for re-establishing a museum.
Southern Oregon Historical Society maintains its Library & Archives at 106 N. Central Avenue in Medford
Our Library maintains multiple catalogs and indexes in order to maximize access to its materials.
An estimated 1,000,000 artifacts that document human settlement in Southern Oregon
Join our volunteer corps! SOHS has over 300 volunteers who help in a variety of capacities.
Enjoy Southern Oregon History At Home!
During this challenging time, we are pleased to highlight our online content.
We hope you will enjoy this opportunity to learn more about Southern Oregon history!
A Warm Thank you to Our Sponsors
Windows In Time Co-sponsored by the SOHS and Jackson County Library Services
This free lunch-time series, featuring well-known writers and historians, brings alive the people, places, and events that shaped our Southern Oregon heritage.
Downtown Medford Mural Sponsored by Medford Arts Commission
The mission of the Arts Commission is to enhance the quality of life in our community by supporting public art, programs, awareness and education to enable all of Medford’s citizens to enjoy and appreciate the arts.
SOHS Hanley Farm
Historic Hanley Farm, established in 1857, is a working farm just outside of downtown Jacksonville Oregon. Owned and operated by the Southern Oregon Historical Society, Hanley Farm strives to preserve the history of the people who settled the land and their contributions to the agricultural development of the Rogue Valley.
Volunteer for SOHS
Join our volunteer corps!
SOHS has over 300 volunteers who help in a variety of capacities. Including opportunities at Hanley Farm and more!
SOHS is a wonderful source of information about the people who made our community what it is today. As a volunteer at the Research Library, I get to use all this information to answer questions (my own and those of others). It's amazing how one question will lead to many more!
I’m “in it” for the beauty and serenity of spending time at Hanley Farm! I love working with the heritage plants and co-organizing the Plant Sale, Scarecrow Festival, and Wreath Making events—helping ensure the Farm remains an asset to SOHS and the people of Southern Oregon.
I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some fine, talented people. That has made my volunteering activities even more enjoyable. I look forward to SOHS continuing to grow and prosper as the organization pursues an important role in Southern Oregon.
- Russ J.
Every year, every day we are seeing our Southern Oregon history vanish. Our pioneers are passing on, their families are relocating and with this evolution our Southern Oregon history will be disbursed. The pioneers and settlers need to have their stories told!
I volunteer at SOHS because this kind of work is important to a community. Without it the history of smaller communities like ours might become lost over time. It’s important that anyone who can spare the time and has any interest in the local history to help out SOHS any way they can.
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