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Welcome to Mt. Hood Cultural Center & Museum

dsc_6643The Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum is housed in a beautiful structure in the heart of Government Camp. Located along the ruts of the historic Barlow Road, the building site offers a wonderful view of Mount Hood.  The museum consists of six galleries plus a rentable meeting/multipurpose room.

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Recent things

  • Chatter Fall 2017

    A two-night stay in one of Mount Hood’s storybook Steiner Cabins is just one of the great auction items for this year’s Heritage Night at the Mt. Hood Museum in Government Camp. Your membership is your ticket to an evening of food, libations, friends, live music and great auction items.…

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  • My Mt Hood Art Contest Winners!

    2017 Contest Winners! Best in Show: Tirzah Vest, with an Honorable Mention to Areli Torres and Makayla Jones Other finalists (not shown) were Calla Baker, Raina Shriever, Natalie Hunt and Mahleah Alexander of Estacada Middle School. Special thanks to Columbia Sportswear for their very generous prize donations!

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  • Chatter Spring 2017

    How would you visualize "My Mount Hood"? What do you picture when you think about the mountain? What would it look like in a painting or drawing or sculpture? That's the question asked of middle schoolers in Clackamas and Hood River counties in the first "My Mount Hood" art contest…

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  • Chatter Fall 2016

    Celebrate Heritage Night on November 5 The Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum celebrates Heritage Night on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. Your museum membership is your ticket to a fun evening including food, beverages, silent auction, oral auction, awards and friendship. Bid on ski trips, ski passes, cabin…

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Sondre Nordheim of Telemark, Norway discovers birch tree roots can be used as heel bindings, allowing skiers to jump and turn for the first time.


Sondre Nordheim designs first sidecut ski, the “TELEMARK SKI”, a narrow-waisted ski that facilitates turning in soft snow.


Norske Ski Club, Berlin, New Hampshire formed first ski club in America. It is still active today.


Mazamas mountaineering club founded on Mt. Hood.


Mazamas take first Norwegian snowshoe (skis) trip to Mt. Hood. This event sparked the start of Mt. Hood skiing.


Mt. Hood Loop Highway completed after 5 years of planning and 5 years of construction work.


Hood River Ski Club holds cross country ski race from Cloud Cap to Kirby ranch. Race was won by Mark Weygandt, a local mountain guide.


Oregon Highway Department begins to keep the road to Government Camp open in the winter.


First modern downhill race in the U.S. held at Mt. Moosilauke, New Hampshire.

First ski shop in U.S. opened in Boston, by Oscar Hambro of Norway.


Mt. Hood Ski Club formed. This club sponsored ski jumping tournaments at Swim, located on the south side of Multorpor Mountain.


Summit Ski Area built and operated by Advertising Club of Portland; opened with large formal ceremonies on December 11, 1927.

Cascade Ski Club organized; built Multorpor Ski Jump Hill.


Rudolph Lettner from Salburg, Austria invents the steel ski edge.


The first rope tow installed at Gilbert’s Hill, Woodstock, Vermont. Tow rope was attached to rear wheel of a Model T Ford .


Dr. Otto George opens First Aid room in Ski Pole Ski Shop in Government Camp.

Rope tows installed at Summit and Skibowl ski areas.


Sun Valley opens the world’s first chairlift, copied from banana lifts used in Central America to load fruit on cargo ships.


Timberline Lodge opens.


North Slope Ski Club builds first ski tow at Cooper Spur. The tow was 150 feet long and had a 50 foot rise.


First U.S. ski patrols established including Mt. Hood Ski Patrol, Stowe Ski Patrol and the National Ski Patrol.


Ariel Edmiston, under the supervision of Otto Lange, starts Timberline Ski School.


Magic Mile chairlift built at Timberline Lodge, as longest chairlift in the world (4950’).


Hjalmar Hvam, a Mt. Hood champion skier, invents the world’s first useful release safety ski binding.


Schnee Vogeli Ski Club started by a group of Portland high school boys as a men-only club.


Lower bowl chairlift installed at Skibowl Ski Area with wooden towers.


Portland Junior Chamber of Commerce starts free ski school in effort to reduce ski accidents.


Gary Gast begins Mount Hood Ski School at Skibowl.


Howard Head markets the first commercially successful metal ski.


Skiway aerial tram from Government Camp to Timberline Lodge opens.


Skiway aerial tram closes.


Ribblet double chairlift installed in upper bowl at Skibowl Ski Area.


Skibowl Ski School established.


Henke Speed Fit buckle boots appear.


Skiyente Ski Club, organized as women’s ski club to actively promote skiing.


Timberline holds first Summer Racing School.


The first useful aluminum ski poles made by Scott.


The first useful aluminum ski poles made by Scott.


Lee Perry organizes first American, Amputee Ski School with Portland Jaycees.


Multorpor Inc. purchases Skibowl Ski Area, one ticket can now be used to ski both Multorpor and Skibowl Ski Areas.


Lange plastic ski boot commercially available.


The 9th winter Olympics held in Innsbruck, Austria. Oregonian Jean Saubert ties for 2nd in giant slalom, and places 3rd in slalom. Billy Kidd and Jimmie Heuga become the first American men to win Olympic medals for skiing.


Mount Hood Meadows Ski Area opens.


Snowboarding begins with Jake Burton testing his Snurfer.


Mike Devecka, competed in the nordic combined events in the 1968 Grenoble, France, Winter Olympics.


Timberline Lodge installs Palmer Chairlift, summer racing camps grow in popularity.


Bill Johnson, Cascade Ski Club, wins gold in downhill to become America’s first Olympic downhill champion.


Mt. Hood Academy combines high school academics and serious ski racing.


Cascade Prime Timers Ski Club founded for skiers age 50 and over.


High Cascade Snowboard Camp builds Mt. Hood’s first summer halfpipe.


Palmer Express a quad chairlift, replaces the double chairlift on Palmer Snowfield at Timberline Lodge.


Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum opens.