Exhibits

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. 

Gresham Fire and Police

Dating back to 1904, Gresham's firefighters have been vital to the town's continued existence.  This exhibit incorporates loans from the Gresham Fire Department and retired firefighter David Persons.  Featured items include antique fire fighting equipment, photos, and documents from the early days of the Gresham V.F.D.

The Police portion of this exhibit centers mainly on an extensive loan from former Chief of Police Carla Piluso.  Items on display include uniforms, photographs, documents, and other memorabilia from Piluso's 30-year career, during which she became the first woman to hold every rank at the Gresham Police Department (including chief).


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.