Community History Archive

The Nehalem Valley Historical Society is devoted to preserving the rich cultural heritage of Manzanita, Wheeler and Nehalem. From a pre-history visit by Sir Frances Drake to the modern towns of today, the area’s legacy is unique.

The Society maintains a public archive in Manzanita where you can also see rotating exhibits that bring the history of the area to life through tangible items.

This is also where the society’s growing collection of paper artifacts is kept safe. The society is making its collection available online so even those unable to come to the physical location can benefit from it.

The Nehalem Valley Historical Society has an ongoing oral-history project. Interviews with locals are conducted and archived to make sure today’s history is not lost to the future.

The Society’s goal is to make history available to people through tangible items, and also through the online archive. It is a place where history will be protected. When we know where we came from we can step forward into the future with confidence.

Services of the Nehalem Valley Historical Society

  • Protect and preserve history
  • Generate original source material through oral-history interviews with locals
  • Offer exhibits
  • Maintain an online archive to make materials available to everyone
  • Act as a repository for family items that might otherwise be lost to history

If you have ties to the area, please consider making a donation of your family’s personal photos, journals, or other historic documents so they can be safely preserved for future generations.