The Okanogan County Historical Society (OCHS) was formed in 1963 to preserve and disseminate the colorful heritage of Okanogan County in North Central Washington State.
The Society's headquarters are in the Wilson Historical Research Center adjacent to the Okanogan County Historical Museum. This building also houses the Okanogan County Genealogical Society.
Okanogan County Historical Museum, Wilson Historical Research Center and Fire Hall Museum in Okanogan, WA.
Last two presentations of Matsura Legacy
September 18th: "Looking Through the Lens" with Al Camp 7:00 p.m. at Tonasket Community Center. Free. Sponsored by Okanogan County Historical Society. Al is an award-winning photographer for the Omak-Okanogan Chronicle. He will help us imagine what photography may have been in Matsura's day, 1903-1913.
October 1st: “Frank Matsura in Context: His Eye and His Contemporaries,”
7:00 - 8:30pm at the Winthrop Barn, doors open at 6:15pm. Free.
Co-sponsored by the Okanogan Historical Society.
Renowned photography historian Rod Slemmons will place Frank Matsura's work at the beginning of the 20th Century in the context of his fellow photographers in the Northwest and beyond. He will also discuss the photographic technology of the time and the various cameras Matsura used. Attendees can also look at many of Matsura ‘s original glass plates, and a selection of his framed prints. The new Okanogan Historical Society book, “Frank S. Matsura” will be available for purchase.
Rod Slemmons was the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MOCP) at Columbia College Chicago from 2002 to 2011 where he also taught undergraduate photo history and graduate seminars in the Photography Department. He is currently Curator at Large for MOCP and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also Acting Director of the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College. Rod taught photography and the history of photography for 12 years at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was National Chair of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) from 1990 to 1994 and named Honored Educator at the SPE National Conference in 2007. Before and during his time at the University of Washington he was the Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Seattle Art Museum for 14 years, producing 35 exhibitions and numerous catalogs, including Like A One-Eyed Cat, the first retrospective of Lee Friedlander in 1989. Rod trained at George Eastman House and the Rochester Institute of Technology, 1976 – 78. He also has an MA in contemporary literature.
•"Okanogan County Heritage", quarterly magazine
•Frank Matsura Photo collection
•Ladd Photo collection
•20,000 plus historic photos
•Recorded and archived pioneer interviews
•Book collection on local and state history
•Newspapers on microfilm and in bound volumes
•Variety of maps
•Okanogan County Genealogical resources
•23 Historic sign throughout the county
•Guided history tours for members and guests
Interested in becoming a member?
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•Conconully Museum (open 10-5, Saturday and Sunday)
•Okanogan County Historical Museum and Fire Hall (open 10-4, 7 days/week)
•Molson Museum and Old Molson Site (open 10-5, 7 days/week)
•Shafer Museum (open 10-5, 7 days/week)
Oroville Old Depot Museum (open 10am-4pm, Mon -Sat)
We have a great variety of books and publications available at the Wilson Historical Research Center, that tell the tales of Okanogan County and its pioneers. Come in and browse.