Visit History

 Founded in 1957, YCHS offers two locations preserving and sharing the history of Yamhill County

 

Yamhill Valley
Heritage Center

See antique farm, logging, and other historical equipment. Learn about the stories behind them from our knowledgeable docents.

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Historic
Lafayette Site

Located in historic Lafayette, the YCHS Museum and Research Library holds thousands of artifacts and historic documents. 

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 Research

 

Researching Yamhill County history? Visit our research library in Lafayette. Our online materials will give you an idea of what we offer

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Research and Learn

 

Research Library

Our research library is housed in the Miller Log Museum located at 605 Market Street in Lafayette, Oregon and is open Wed., Fri. and Sat. from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. NOTE: We will be closed Dec. 25-29. We will also be closed the month of January for cleaning and organizing.

 
 

History Resources

There are many resources available for researching Yamhill County history. Discover local museums, archives, and many online resources

 

Educational Programs

Schools and students are invited to experience history at our museum in McMinnville. The Hutchcroft School was moved from near Yamhill to the Heritage Center to show what classes were like during the late 1800s. Each May and October, hundreds of volunteers gather to let students learn first hand what life was like for kids back in the “Pioneer Days”. Our hands-on activities let everyone experience life from 130 years ago.

 

Events

 

Special Events

Oregon's Birthday

Celebrate Oregon's Birthday

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Celebrate Oregon's Birthday

Farm Fest 2019

Farm Fest will be held at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center and will include the largest draft animal plowing competition in the Pacific Northwest! Experience old time farming as 20+ ...

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Farm Fest will be held at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center and will include the largest draft animal plowing competition in the Pacific Northwest! Experience old time farming as 20+ teams of draft horses and mules compete in a plowing competition. Blacksmith, sawmill horse drawn exhibits, farm demos, food, music, Pioneer Kids’ activities & more! $8 ...

Fathers Day

Celebrate Father’s Day with tours of the museum, special exhibits and refreshments. Free admission, donations to YCHS gladly accepted.

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Celebrate Father’s Day with tours of the museum, special exhibits and refreshments. Free admission, donations to YCHS gladly accepted.

Harvest Fest 2019

Harvest Fest will be held at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center. Enjoy old-time harvesting of the oat field using antique farm equipment and draft animals. Blacksmith, sawmill, steam ...

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Harvest Fest will be held at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center. Enjoy old-time harvesting of the oat field using antique farm equipment and draft animals. Blacksmith, sawmill, steam engine, stagecoach, Pioneer Kids’ activities, food, music, exhibits & more! $8 admission; kids 6 and under free.
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