By Neal Lemery, president   

The new year is bringing new projects and new energy to the Tillamook County Historical Society.  With 90 plus members, a new website, several new books, and a variety of projects, we are breathing new life into exploring the history of our county.

            2023 brought the publication of the Whitney Lumber and the Tierra Del Mar memoirs, highlighting a deep history of one of our major industries and an historic community.  Both books have enjoyed brisk sales and attracting a new generation of readers.

            2024 will bring a long overdue second edition of Dr. Huckleberry’s story of pioneer medicine in Garibaldi and further revisions of the Whitney book.  A second edition of Historical Markers of Tillamook County is also in the works.  We are also marketing the Pioneer Association’s three part series of Tillamook Memories.

            All of our titles are available on our new website,  as well as offered at the Tillamook Pioneer Museum. 

            Cemetery headstone restoration is the passion of a number of our members, who are currently working on the Bay City IOOF cemetery.  Information on finding graves around Tillamook County and nationally is available on the phone app, Find A Grave. It is easy to be a contributor to that growing data base. 

            We are adding to the collection of historical photos on historical buildings in Cloverdale, through a generous grant from Tillamook Coast.  That tourist-funded organization also provided funds for our website development, through their annual marketing grant program.  

            The Old Wheeler Hotel offered us an informative tour in 2023, with many stories of its extensive history as a hotel and medical clinic. 

            We’ve offered historical walking tours of downtown Tillamook in the past, and placed informative signs on historically significant buildings and sites, and continually add to our book selections.  The Tillamook County Historical Society was founded in 1984 to bring together those persons interested in preserving the history of Tillamook County. We invite your participation and membership in our vibrant organization.

            Our 40th anniversary will be celebrated in May with a fresh exhibit at the Pioneer Museum.  The exhibit will also celebrate the 90th anniversaries of the Pioneer Museum and the Tillamook County Pioneer Association.  

            We are grateful to the Tillamook Coast Visitors Association for a marketing grant, which is funding our new website.  

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