2017 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.

2016 Exhibits

Gresham's Police and Fire Departments

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).

Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz

This featured exhibit offered a glimpse into one of Gresham's most beloved traditions.  Starting in 1982, Gresham became a household name to jazz enthusiasts, who converged on Mt. Hood Community College from all corners of the world for one energy-filled weekend every August.

2015 Exhibits

Historic Conveniences: An Evolution of Everyday Gadgets

An exhibit featuring a series of artifacts whose humble beginnings may be unrecognizable by today's younger generations. These items all perform a function still in use today, but their technologies or designs have evolved, making today's versions appear vastly different than those on display.


Gresham's Timeline:

A walk through Gresham's history from logging camp to Oregon's 4th largest city.


Communication in Gresham:

A look at the early communication options in Gresham, including the start of the postal service, the origins of the Gresham Outlook newspaper, and Gresham's telephone service.


Gresham's Servicemen:

A tribute to the many men and women of Gresham who have served our country.



An exploration of quilting throughout Gresham's history. Among the twenty-four quilts on display are quilts sewn by four generations of one family, many different ages and styles of quilts, and a sampling of the materials used in quilting.


What Am I?:

A display of obscure artifacts that have yet to be positively identified. Check out the artifacts, write down and submit your guesses, and then compare your guesses with ours. We appreciate any information visitors can provide on these objects.


Each year we curate one principal exhibit in the main room at the Gresham History Museum. We also create smaller rotating auxiliary exhibits and feature permanent historical elements of the museum.