This museum gives insight into daily life in Oregon during the mid 1800s to the early 20th century. It's not simply a fort in the typical sense. Fort Dalles and and Anderson Homestead instead showcase two homes, a barn, sheds, tools, and personal items actually used by army officers living at the fort, and an area farming family.
The museum is great for history buffs, kids, and families alike.
Meet the Commissioners and Staff that make it possible for the museum to bring this history alive:
Elizabeth Wallis, President
Eric Gleason, Vice President
Daliea Thompson, Secretary and Treasurer
Cal McDermid, Director
Fort Dalles Museum provides educational outreach history programs to local schools. Children learn about pioneer life and have a hands-on experience with antique artifacts. The program promotes enthusiasm for learning history, and allows children to feel a sense of an ownership in their local museum and local history. Fort Dalles is the site of several community events each year. Fort Dalles Days, draws hundreds of visitors each year. Summer music concerts and historic presentations give visitors an opportunity to learn and enjoy the history of this wonderful place. The grounds can be rented for weddings, anniversaries and reunions.