Antique Powerland Museum (APMA)
Members: 200+ Dues: $30.00/Family $45.00 Board Meeting: 1st Sunday of month in APMA board room. Office contact: Schaunene 503-393-2424 Website: www.antiquepowerland.com.
Mission: to provide the public the opportunity to learn about the history and operation of machines and the role they played in modern technology and the quality of life. APMA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. The entire facility is operated and maintained by our volunteer staff.
Antique Caterpillar Machinery Museum (ACMM)
Members: 250 Dues: $30.00/yr Meeting date & location: 4th Saturday of month in CAT museum. Contact: Don Leffler 503-538-3935
Website: www.antiquecaterpillarmuseum.org. This is the only Caterpillar museum in the world. The objective of the Museum is to operate a permanent museum dedicated to honoring the excellence and achievements of the Caterpillar product and its extensive contributions over many years of innovation and development.
Antique Implement Society (AIS)
Members: 20 Dues: $20.00 Meeting date & location: Date is random, meet at APMA. Contact: Bill Prine - 503-835-7301 or Wayne Thackery.
Website: www.antiqueimplementsociety.org Mission: To present, exhibit and interpret large vintage engines and powered machinery of rare and valued lineage. Please contact us if interested. We need more volunteers.
Members: 15 Dues: None Meeting date & location: No regular schedule. Contact: Gary Strausbaugh 503-339-5061. An informal organization, these folks operate the site’s well supplied blacksmith shop and heritage machine shop. Many of them also volunteer at Fort Vancouver’s Blacksmith Shop. They are always willing to help teach those interested in learning about blacksmithing.
Branch 15 Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association (EDGE&TA)
Members: 250 Dues: $25.00/yr Meeting date: Every other month, location varies. Contact: Steve Johnson 503-932-0323 Website: www.branch15edgeta.org. Organized in 1970, Branch 15’s mission is to support membership interests and activities and carry out educational activities for the benefit of both members and the general public as related to the collection, preservation, restoration, exchange, demonstration and display of antique stationary engines, tractors and associated equipment and implements. Branch 15 also conducts an educational "Saturday Class" held six months during the year at Powerland.
Brooks Historical Society
Members: 60 Dues: $ 15/year Meeting date & location: 1st Saturday of the month at the Brooks Depot Museum on APMA grounds. Contact: Dorene Standish 503-393-2053.
Website: www.oregonpioneers.com/marion/BrooksHistoricalSociety.htm. Founded in 1986, the Society began exhibiting local historical artifacts at Steam-Up that same year. In 1989 they moved the 1900 Southern Pacific Brooks Depot building onto Powerland. Needed restoration work preserved the ambiance of the Agent’s Office and the Freight Room. These rooms now house a permanent collection of railroad, transportation, agriculture and domestic artifacts as well as local genealogy. The objective of the Brooks Historical Society and Depot Museum is to be educational and to stimulate an interest in and a knowledge of the history of Brooks, Oregon, and the surrounding area.
Curtis Heritage Education Center (CHEC)
No Regular Meeting dates scheduled at this time. Contact: Tim McCann, President 503-701-8215 Website: www.chec-heritage.com. CHEC was started in early 2013. We are always looking for people with the skills needed to help promote and build CHEC into a first class museum and education center. Most of our 100 plus vehicles and thousands of period accouterments are in long term storage awaiting our new museum. We are currently in the process of creating our museum building plans and developing our financial support.
Northwest Vintage Car & Motorcycle Museum (NWVCMM)
Members: 250 Dues: $48.00, $60.00 family Meeting date & location: 3rd Wednesday of the month in the Texaco Service Station at APMA. website: www.nwcarandcycle.com/ Contact: Doug Nelson 503-399-0647. The car museum’s mission is to educate the general public about the heritage, history and evolution of automobiles and motorcycles older than 25 years. The museum will support life-long learning and community involvement. The museum has constructed a replica of a 1930’s Texaco service station and completed the first phase of their highly anticipated museum building. They also have a beautiful display lawn and Gazebo just east of the service station. The Museum is open on weekends June through September.
Oregon Electric Railway Museum (OERHS)
Members: 130+ Dues: $30.00/yr Meeting date & location: Saturday work party at APMA beginning at 10:00. Trolley operations May – September weekends 11:00-4:00. Contact: Bill Binns 503-628-0426 Museum: APMA office 503-393-2424 Website: www.oerhs.org/. This group was incorporated in Oregon in 1957 with a mission to preserve the regional heritage of electric railway transportation as a living resource for the benefit of this and future generations. The organization initiated a move to Powerland in 1996 to establish the Oregon Electric Railway Museum. They have constructed a car barn, an operating street car museum powerhouse and currently under construction is their interpretive center. Track is continually added as funds become available. Collections include most everything related to electric street cars and electric buses.
Oregon Fire Service Museum (OFSM)
Members: 85 (125 Fire Departments) Dues: $20.00/yr. Meeting date & location: 2nd Saturday of the month at 10:00 AM, in Salem. Contact: Greg Musil, President 541-544-0669. Website: www.oregonfireservicemuseum.org. The Oregon Fire Service Museum was established in 1993. The mission of the Oregon Fire Museum, Memorial & Learning Center is to identify, collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate materials and information pertaining to Oregon's fire service history in order to assist the public in understanding and appreciating the innovation, dedication, bravery, & heroic sacrifice of Oregon's firefighters. This museum is presently involved in fundraising to acquire funds for Phase 1 of a planned period museum building design. Museum collections include fire apparatus and memorabilia.
Oregon Vintage Machinery Museum featuring John Deere
Members: 185 Dues: $30.00/yr Meeting date: 2nd Sunday every other month, location varies. Check web site for date, time and location. Contact: Bruce Stahlecker 503-873-6505 evenings Website: www.ojdmf.org. The Oregon Vintage Machinery Museum Foundation is an organization dedicated to promoting the interest of the public in the preservation and restoration of John Deere two-cylinder tractors and related machinery. Museum collections include John Deere tractors, implements, machinery and memorabilia.
Pacific Northwest Chapter-National Railway Historical Society (PNWC-NRHS)
Members: 250+ Dues: $56.00 Meeting date & location: 3rd Friday of the month, 7:30 PM, at St. Marks Lutheran Church, Portland. Contact: Al Hall 503-699-5042 email@example.com Website: www.pnwc-nrhs.org. Mission is to preserve and interpret Pacific Northwest railroad history and historical artifacts for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations. Collections include railroad cars, locomotives, records, books, photos, movies and other railway artifacts. Displayed at Powerland is their S-2 diesel locomotive and maintenance-of-way Jordan Spreader and Flanger.
Pacific Northwest Logging Museum (PNLM)
Members: 50 Dues: $25.00 High School and College student dues: $10.00. Meeting date & location: 3rd Saturday of the month in APMA board room. Contact: Ralph Wakefield firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-392-4147. Website: www.pnwloggingmuseum.org. Formed in 2008 by a group of loggers, retired loggers, logging enthusiasts and business owners, this corporation was organized to promote public interest and education through the preservation, collection, display and interpretation of historic operational logging equipment, tools, memorabilia and other pertinent materials. A further purpose is to recognize the role of the logging industry in the social and economic development of the Pacific Northwest and to illustrate the evolution of logging technologies from the past and into the future.
Pacific Northwest Truck Museum (PNTM)
Members: 490 Dues: $30.00, Family $40. Contact: Terry Dovre 503-312-0039 Website: www.pacificnwtruckmuseum.org. An educational non-profit dedicated to preserving the history and contributions of Pacific Northwest Motor Trucking Industry and its Pioneers. Collections include trucks starting from 1912 through 1993 displaying the progression and development of trucks and their history. With museum space of 29,800 sq. ft., the Museum presents 75 beautiful restored trucks on display in the most professional and complete museum setting available at Powerland. The Museum is open weekends April thru September or by appointment.
The annual Truck Show at Powerland takes place every year on the fourth Saturday in August.
Western Steam Fiends Association (WSFA)
Members: 150+ Dues: $20.00 Meeting dates & location: January and August at APMA. Contact: Roy Thompson 503-981-1931 or 503-710-8704. The Western Steams Steam Fiends represent the charter group at Powerland and are dedicated to the preservation of antique steam powered equipment and participate in the restoration and operation of a wide variety of steam powered machines. The founders had a true passion for steam engines and steam powered machinery and started WSFA in Colton, Washington in 1952. In 1970 some of their members purchased the property that is now known as Antique Powerland Museum Association. The Steam Fiends represent the foremost steam heritage group on the West Coast. Equipment includes stationary steam apparatus, steam traction engines, a rail mounted steam crane and a restored operating sawmill. The Steam Fiends conduct an annual educational program called Steam School which runs January through May.
Willow Creek Railroad Museum (WCRR)
Members: 100+ Dues: $30.00 Meeting date & location: No regular schedule – see website. Website: www.willowcreekrr.org. Home of large scale model railroading since 1975, WCRR is dedicated to providing a historical account of what early steam and diesel railroading was like – the smells, sights and sounds – but only on a smaller scale. Over a twenty five year period, this group has built an operating miniature railroad that features scaled operating replicas of steam and diesel locomotives. Of great interest to the younger set, this railroad setting includes complete landscaping, replica buildings and a mile of track. Riders sit on the cars.
Willamette Valley Model Railroad Club & Museum (WVMRC)
Members: 15 Dues: $25.00/yr Meeting date: Thursdays at 7:30 PM, location varies. Contact: Judy MacInnes 503-581-6071 email@example.com.
Website: www.wvmrm.webs.com. Incorporated in 1979, the group operates the Powerland Country Store. Mission is to promote the history and educate the general public about model railroading and railroads in general. Goal is to build a replica train station at Powerland where a miniature operating railroad is housed depicting the history of transportation and agriculture in Oregon.