Southern Oregon Historical Society Library Reopens!

On Wednesday, February 1, the Southern Oregon Historical Society reopened the doors of its Research Library to the public. Now staffed with volunteers, the Library, located at the corner of Central and 6th in Medford, will be open Wednesday through Friday from noon until 4 pm. The Library houses thousands of photos, records, and documents pertaining to Southern Oregon and is a major source of regional history for researchers, historians, genealogists, local cities, contractors, and businesses.

The Southern Oregon Historical Society has been reinventing itself since the Heritage District ballot measure failed to pass in the November 2016 election. “SOHS continues and will continue to be a viable entity,” says Doug McGeary, President of the organization. “Heritage District funds would have allowed us and 15 other local historical societies to maintain and expand our services. However, SOHS has a loyal base of members, volunteers, and supporters. Since the election, they have been ‘coming out of the woodwork.’ They understand that we are our history, and they want to ensure that we are able to preserve it.”

With the reduction in ready funding, volunteers, SOHS Board members, SOHS Foundation members, and the Gold Diggers auxiliary organization have assumed major roles in creating a vision for the “new” SOHS which will rely heavily on volunteers. Plans are being put in place for the Library and for events at the organization’s Hanley Farm, a popular location not only for SOHS activities, but also for weddings and events hosted by other organizations. Volunteers trained in curator responsibilities will be making the extensive SOHS collection available on a limited basis for local displays, exhibits, and loan.

“SOHS will continue to make local history accessible to the public, but it also needs the public’s help!” continues McGeary. “We’re looking for volunteers, members, donors, and sponsors. We hope that residents don’t wait until their children are grown and their older generation gone before they start to value their roots. History may be 100 plus years ago, but we are also part of what will become history.”

Individuals can visit the SOHS website at to learn more about opportunities for supporting local history.

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