Exhibits

History of the Japanese-American Community in Gresham

This exhibit covers a wide range of topics covering the  history of Japanese-Americans in Gresham. Learn about Miyo Iwakoshi, the Takaki family, and other early Japanese pioneer families; the reasons for their immigration to the US and their personal experiences. Other sections of the exhibit will include a general discussion of Japanese-American families and their major contributions to agriculture, the local causes and effects of internment before, during, and after World War II, and Gresham’s present ties to Japan and Japanese culture in the Ebetsu Sister City program and Tsuru Island.

Recreation in Gresham's History

     Learn how Gresham residents of the past spent their leisure time 50, 100, and 150 years ago with our new exhibit, opening in February 2017!  Displays will offer a glimpse into daily life in historic Gresham, with spotlights on historic theaters and the Multnomah County Fair. 


What Am I?

We've filled two cases with some of the most unusual items in our collection.  Can you guess what they are?



Gresham's Timeline

Here's the Gresham history tasting menu.  While most of our exhibits rotate so that we can explore certain topics in depth, this exhibit is up year-round so that visitors can refer back to the bigger picture.  Learn about topics ranging from industry and agriculture to business and education.


Panoramic photo of Gresham taken from Gresham Butte in 1914.  A 7-foot version is on display in our Timeline exhibit.
Panoramic photo of Gresham taken from Gresham Butte in 1914. A 7-foot version is on display in our Timeline exhibit.

Gresham Artists

This mini-exhibit samples art made in and inspired by Gresham, from the turn of the 20th century to present.