Founded in 1986, the Society's mission is to preserve, promote
and interpret the rich and colorful history of Tualatin

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Heritage Center



A 14,000-year-old tusk and molars of Tualatin's mastodon are on permanent display in the Heritage Center.  Also on view are erratics washed down in the Missoula floods, Native American stone bowls and tools and arrowheads, and an 1879 ox yoke.  Periodic exhibits have included the Kalapuya/Atfalati Indians, vintage photos of early Tualatin, historic buildings at risk, and photos of Tualatin floods.

The Society has a growing collection of Native American artifacts, vintage photos, early clothing, and farm and household tools.  We also collect oral histories, provide onsite recording for self-narrated family stories, and maintain a family archive for genealogical research.

The Heritage Garden displays a collection of flowers, plants and shrubs from early farms and homes, including a cutting from a rose plant carried on the Oregon Trail by the Robbins family.

Oral Histories & More

Pacific University has archived a large collection of veterans' oral histories from the Tualatin Historical Society that were gathered as part of the Veteran's History Project of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. These can be found here.

History Across Tualatin

Given the limited space at the Heritage Center, the Tualatin Historical Society exhibits parts of our collection around town. Further, we have a number of historically significant sites which we recommend you see for yourself.  We are grateful that Graehm Abernathy of Tualatin Highschool helped us get all of this onto one, easy to use, interactive map.
Have a look:  History Across Tualatin






This website is maintained in loving memory of Shirley Disch, 1928 – 2004

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