School and Self-guided Tours

The Lane County Historical Museum offers elementary school tours and self-guided tours. Elementary school tours are guided by Assistance League of Eugene’s Oregon Heritage Program and are offered October through May, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the morning and afternoon. Thursdays are available when other tours are full. There is no charge for school children, their teachers, or their chaperones. Tours are most appropriate for grades 3-5 when they are studying or beginning to study Oregon history. Because of space limitations a group of 30 or more students is not recommended at one time. Teachers are encouraged to visit the museum – at no charge – before a class tour is scheduled.

Self-guided tours are recommended for home school students, mixed ages, high school students, college students, and senior groups. Assistance League of Eugene is unable to accommodate such a wide range of groups at this time.  A Scavenger Hunt activity worksheet can be provided, which is best suited for elementary to middle school students.

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Traveling Trunks

Traveling Trunks contain authentic and replicated items, as well as maps, illustrations, and photos which teachers and students are encouraged to handle and use as educational tools. An accompanying preview guide, lesson plan examples, and bibliography are available for each trunk. Traveling trunks may be checked out for one week at a time.

Lane County Historical Museum Trunks:

1. Westward Migration (Oregon Trail and Early Settlement)

2. World War II: The Home Front

Click here to request the Westward Migration Trunk

Other Lane County Historical Museum Materials:

1. Westward Migration (Oregon Trail and Early Settlement)

2. The Civil War

3. Imperialism (Late 19th/early 20th century, U.S. expansion)

Contact Lane Educational Service District

Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House Trunk:

19th and 20th century Eugene history (McMurphey and Shelton families)

Contact SMJ House Museum