Albany wins travel destination award

Congratulations are in order to our fair city! Albany was included in Northwest Travel & Life magazine’s “52 Getaways” issue in January 2018, and has been named one of the publication’s 2018 Top Travel Picks.

Albany Visitors Association contributed to content developed for the feature article, and Albany businesses are highlighted, including The Pix Theater, Sybaris Bistro, and the Albany Historic Carousel & Museum.

Read the article “Dreamers and Doers” in NW Travel & Life’s ’52 Getaways for 2018.’



Wish Oregon a Happy 159th Birthday

Valentines Day is the perfect time to express your love for Oregon! The Monteith House Museum will host a free public Oregon birthday bash from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 14th, at the museum. at 518 2nd Ave SW.on February 14, 2018.

Have a slice of cake, tour the museum, and visit with like-minded historic Oregonians. The Monteith House was built in 1849, and is the oldest building in Albany. The Museum’s exhibits include information on the Monteiths and their contributions to early Albany as well as the State of Oregon.

The house was also integral to the formation of Oregon’s statehood: in 1856, the Monteiths hosted a meeting of the Free State Men in their home to discuss state formation. The following year, the group met again at the Monteith House and Oregon’s Republican Party was founded.

We hope to see you there! For more information, telephone 541-928-6375.

Celebrating 2017’s National Historic Preservation Month

PosterAlbany has long been synonymous with history and heritage. From our concentrated “collection” of Victorian Era architectural wonders to our seasonal tours of historic sites, graveyards, and living history displays, our city is passionate about retaining its roots to the past. National Preservation Month is an opportunity to celebrate Albany’s historical treasure with events (most of them free) throughout May.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation encourages cities across the nation to raise awareness about the month-long event, and states that “Preservation Month was designed to raise awareness about the power historic preservation has to protect and enhance our homes, neighborhoods and communities – the places that really matter to us. It provides an opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and towns, and enables all of us to become involved in the growing preservation movement.”

The following events are planned to show-off Albany’s historical attractions, instill community pride, promote heritage tourism, and showcase the social and economic benefits of historic preservation:

May 1st – May 22nd

Hidden History Scavenger Hunt Photo Tour (sponsored by the Natty Dresser). Information and entry forms are available at the Albany Downtown Association, 126 SW Ferry St, Albany. Return your entries to the ADA by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22, to be eligible to win a prize. The grand prize winner will be announced at the Preservation Awards ceremony on May 24th at the City Council meeting, 7:15 p.m., Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW. For more information contact the Albany Downtown Association at 541-928-2469.

May 1st – May 31st

A Historic Albany Display will be on hand at the Albany City Hall and the Albany Public Libraries. The event is presented by the City of Albany Landmarks Commission. The City Hall, Main Library and the Historic Carnegie Library show-cases will be filled with displays that are viewable during their regular business hours. Hours of operation: City Hall: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 333 Broadalbin SW. Main Library: Monday – Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 2450 14th Avenue SE, 541-917-7580. Historic Downtown Carnegie Library: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 6:00 p.m., 302 Ferry Street SW, 541-917-7585. Free admission.

Albany’s Old Fashioned Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Purchase hand-picked produce, fresh flowers, baked bread, local eggs and meats, and many other wonderful items. Located at 4th and Ellsworth, in the City Hall parking lot. Admission is free. For more information, visit

May 5th (Friday)

Come participate in the Friday Wine Walk in Historic Downtown Albany from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Over 20 wineries are participating. Sponsored by the Albany Rotary Club. For more information, telephone 541-928-0911, or stop by the Albany Visitors Association on Third and Lyon for ticket purchases. Adults over over 21 please.

May 6th (Saturday)

The City of Albany Landmarks Commission presents a window repair workshop with Chris Gustafson of the Vintage Window; class runs from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This comprehensive class will include how vintage windows work, basic window repair techniques and simple maintenance techniques for homeowners. Space is limited, reservations required. For more information, telephone Shawna Adams, 541-791-0176 or email The workshop is free.

Albany Tweed Ride Meet at Monteith Riverpark at noon for an hour-long tour of historic Albany. The ride and tour is held in conjunction with the Albany Vintage Bicycle Show that opens at 1:00 p.m. at the Deluxe Brewery (see below). Vintage attire is encouraged—celebrate bikes, beer, and tweed! For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

The 4th Annual Albany Vintage Bicycle Show is presented by Deluxe Brewing Co. and runs from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 635 NE Water Ave. Register online at View a collection of interesting, rare, and memorable vintage bicycles, and vote for your favorite to win the People’s Choice Award. 2017 Categories: Best Original Condition, Best Restored Condition, Best Custom Build, Best BMX (Freestyle or Race), Most Unique/Rare Bicycle. All ages welcome in the main brewery area. Tasting room open to 21 and over. Non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase and there will be a local food truck on site. For more information email: Free Admission.

May 10th (Wednesday)

The Albany Regional Museum presents its brown bag lunch series “History Bites.” May’s presentation is on the Albany Fire Department, from 1862 to present day. Darrel Tedisch, a former Albany Fire Chief and current Board Chair of the Albany Regional Museum, is the featured guest speaker. This ongoing series is being offered the second Wednesday of each month at noon. Bring your own lunch. Beverages and light snacks provided. Regular museum hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The museum is located at 136 Lyon Street S. Visit their website at or telephone 541-967-7122 for more information. Admission to both History Bites and the museum is free.

Historic Downtown Walking Tour of 1st Ave. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Meet at Burkhart Square (Lyon and First Ave). Learn about Albany’s historic architecture and history. Sponsored by the Natty Dresser. Telephone 541-979-9108 or visit for more information. Admission is free and donations can be made to the Monteith Historical Society.

May 12th – June 3rd (various dates)

Albany Civic Theater (ACT) is one of the oldest, best-known community theaters in Oregon. ACT is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that takes pride in producing top-quality comedies, dramas, and musicals, as well as providing creative opportunities for local actors, technicians, and theater lovers. In the month of May, ACT presents “Sweeney Todd” (the musical), directed by Ken Long. ACT is located at 111 First Avenue W, in downtown Albany. For more information on ticket prices, performance dates and times, visit

May 13th (Saturday)

Monteith House Museum’s Pre-Season Clean-up, is a community-driven effort. It runs 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at the Monteith House on 518 2nd Ave SW. The Monteith Society will lead volunteers in some clean up and light maintenance of Albany’s oldest home. An Open House will follow the clean-up event from noon to 3:00 p.m. Telephone 541-928-0911 for more information.

The Albany Regional Museum presents the Historic Albany Railway Tour, at three times on Saturday: 10:00 a.m.,11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. Assemble at 136 Lyon St S, and hop aboard Albany’s vintage trolley with Bill Maddy (Albany Regional Museum railroad historian) for a narrated ride on historic Albany railways. Guests are also invited to step inside the museum to see the expanded train station display. The story of how the railroad came to Albany is instrumental in the growth of our town. Reservations are recommended, so please telephone and reserve your ticket to board: 541- 967-7122. The tour is free.

The City of Albany Landmarks Commission presents a Walking Tour of Riverside Cemetery. Located at the west end of 7th Ave SW, meet at 6:30 p.m. at the main entrance. The 30 minute tour will feature the burial plots and markers of prominent locals, interesting stories, and examples of tombstone art and interpretation. The tour will take place if weather permits. Interested parties please RSVP Admission is free.

May 17th (Wednesday)

The Historic Downtown Walking Tour of 2nd Ave will start at 7:30 p.m. Assemble at Burkhart Square (Lyon and First Ave). Learn about Albany’s historic architecture and history. Sponsored by the Natty Dresser, telephone 541-979-9108 or visit for more information. Admission is free, however, donations can be made to the Monteith Historical Society.

May 20th (Saturday)

The Masonic Cemetery Clean-up  will take place from 9:00 a.m.- noon. Snacks will be provided. Assemble at 700 Broadway Street SW (west end of 6th & 7th Ave SW).

A Kitchen Talk and Tour will be presented by the City of Albany Landmarks Commission from 12:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tour the kitchens of four historic Albany homes. Kitchens represented vary in time-period, originality, and style. Owners will give an overview, answer questions, and touch on the intelligent layouts of historic kitchens, difficulties in historic kitchen design (and how to overcome them), and styles and materials that are appropriate for the timeframe. Space for the tour is limited. Reservations are required and can be made through the City Planning Department at Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW. Telephone 541-791-0176 or email The tour is free.

May 21st (Sunday)

The Linn County Historical Society presents Stories from the Santiam Wagon Road. The event starts at 2:00 p.m. USFS volunteer and SWR advocate Marcia Morse will conduct the presentation at the Lakeside Center, located at the Mennonite Village, 2180 54th Avenue SE in Albany. All programs sponsored by the Linn County Historical Society are free and open to the public. Telephone 541-926-4680 for more information.

May 24th (Wednesday)

The Preservation Awards will take place during the Albany City Council meeting at 7:15 p.m., at the Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW. Telephone 541-791-0176 or email for more information. The event is free.

May 28th – May 29th (Sunday and Monday)

Albany Masonic Cemetery Memorial Weekend Recognition. This self-guided cemetery walking tour starts at 700 Broadway Street SW. Information will be available on site. Questions? Contact  or telephone 541-967-1941. The tour is free.

What to do in Oregon in 2017

17_OECGet ready for an Oregon year to be remembered! Many travelers will visit Oregon for the very first time—particularly in late August when a Total Solar Eclipse will occur on the 21st. Oregon’s Willamette Valley is prime TSE viewing territory, and many locales along the eclipse route will feature special viewing activities, food, celebration, and drink, including Albany.

The new 2017 Oregon Events Calendar, published by Pamplin Media Group, can help you plan your vacation—whether you hail from New York or Newberg. The Albany Visitors Association will have a supply of the publication at their office soon, but until we do, check out the digital edition.

In addition to the eclipse, Oregon is home to numerous annual music festivals, cycling and paddling relays, brew smackdowns, winery and culinary tours, and other venues to taste and experience our state in an entirely new way throughout the year. So come on, join us this year in Albany, Oregon.

*For print copies, please contact AVA at 541-9288-0911. Copies can be mailed, or you can stop by the office at 3rd and Lyon Streets in Downtown Albany, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Driving Oregon’s “Gut”

Presentation on the history of highway 99

Hwy_99_2Long before Interstate 5 was built, the Pacific Highway—later known as Highway 99—became our “Main Street,” not only through Oregon, but from Mexico to Canada. Unlike I-5, Highway 99 rambled through towns and small communities, bringing their residents the means to connect with the rest of the state and nation.

On Sunday, January 22, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., Oregon authors Jo-Brew and Pat Edwards will discuss Highway 99’s origins and stories during a free presentation at the Albany Mennonite Village’s Lakeside Center, at 2180 54th Ave.

Their research takes us on a trip beginning at the California – Oregon border, and along the highway as it continues its steep climb through the Siskiyou Mountains. We’ll follow with the authors along the route—through the connected valleys where economies were built on orchards, forests, and farmland.

Jo-Brew’s book “The Stories” is filled with the accounts of those who lived, worked, and played in the communities that intersected with Highway 99. Over 150 individuals shared their stories with her—some in the form of old letters and diaries, but most in first-person accounts.

Pat Edwards took the lead as co-author on Jo-Brew’s second book about Highway 99, “The Folk History.” The book highlights 94 Oregon communities along the route.

The Linn County Historical Society hopes you’ll climb aboard Jo’s little red Rambler and take a ride up Oregon’s “Gut.” If you are too young to remember driving “the Gut” in your own hometown, come take the trip with us down “Oregon’s Main Street.”

About the presenters

Jo_brew2Jo-Brew is an Ashland High School graduate and a long time Southern Oregon resident. Before starting her work on the Highway 99 project, she authored seven fictional novels. Jo-Brew spent four years traveling throughout the State of Oregon, interviewing people who grew up in the days prior to the construction of I-5 to complete her Highway 99 research. She is an active member of The Association of University Women and was a columnist for the Creswell Chronicle weekly newspaper for seven years.

Pat_Edwards2Patricia “Pat” Edwards is an author, editor, publisher and historian. She is the author of “Sawdust and Cider” as well as “A History of Lorane, Oregon and the Siuslaw Valley.” Edwards served as the managing editor and publisher for “Groundwaters,” a literary quarterly magazine distributed throughout Lane County. She is the current Lorane columnist for both the Fern Ridge Review and the Creswell Chronicle. For the past several years, Edwards worked alongside Jo-Brew, first as editor and collaborator for the initial Highway 99 book, then lead author on the second one.

An evening cemetery tour

Masonic Cemetery Albany, Oregon

Masonic Cemetery Albany, Oregon

On Wednesday, July 27th, at 7:00 p.m., the Albany Regional Museum and St. John’s Masonic Lodge #17 will host a memorable evening tour of a historic pioneer cemetery—the Albany Masonic Cemetery.

Featured headstones include nine prominent Albany pioneers—the Wheeler, Ross, Hale, Hudson, Meade, Althouse, and Parker families. Hear their stories and learn about their contributions to our city.

Admission is free, however parking is extremely limited. You are welcome to board the trolley at Two Rivers Market downtown at 6:30 p.m., where continuous free rides will ferry tour participants until dusk.

For more information, telephone 541-967-7122.

2016 Guided Historic Home Trolley Tour

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Albany’s Annual Summer Tour of Historic Homes 2016 will be a guided exterior trolley tour as part of the VIP experience at the Monteith House Museum.

In lieu of the interior tour for Summer 2016, the Monteith Historical Society will host a VIP tour which includes a narrated Trolley Tour (trolley tours leave on the hour from 11am-4pm), refreshments, and Monteith House Museum tour on Saturday, July 30, 2016. The trolley tour will highlight Albany homes, families and their history.

Tickets are available for sale the Albany Visitors Association and reservations are recommended.  The tour will be limited to 168 people total (28 people per tour). Ticket price is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Saturday, July 30, 2016 the Monteith House will be open for VIP tours only. 

Tour committee members are also working on the Annual Christmas Parlour Tour which will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

Albany’s Annual Interior Tours were created by a group of friends and neighbors to share the past through the architecture of historic dwellings. They are coordinated by Albany’s Historical Interior Tour Committee and sponsored by the Monteith Historical Society. Proceeds are dedicated to the Monteith Historical Society which is charged with preserving and sharing Albany’s Monteith House Museum.

For more information on the July 30th VIP Tour, Historic Home Tours or the Monteith House Museum please contact the Albany Visitors Association, (541) 928-0911.

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month in Albany

HistoricPreservationMonth2016Have you ever wanted to learn the stories behind the fancy tombstones in Albany’s historic graveyards? Want to attend a Centennial celebration and time capsule event? Do you simply love everything vintage, antique or retro? You’re in luck this May–it’s National Historic Preservation Month, and Albany is celebrating in a big way.

Check out these fun history-focused events during May:



Hidden History Scavenger Hunt Photo Tour, May 1- May 23
Sponsored by the Natty Dresser. Return entries to the ADA by 5:00pm Monday, May 23 to be entered to win a prize. The grand prize winner will be announced at Preservation Awards Presentation May 25th at the City Council meeting, 7:15 p.m., at the Albany City Hall. For more information contact the Albany Downtown Association. (541) 928-2469.

Albany Wine Walk & Upstairs Loft Tour in Historic Downtown Albany, May 6, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Over 20 wineries participating. There is a fee for the Wine Walk. Loft Tour is sponsored by the Albany Landmarks Commission and is free.

National Train Day at Albany Station, May 7th. Hop on Albany’s vintage trolley with Bill Maddy and Albany railroad historians for a narrated ride on historic Albany railways, The Albany Regional Museum & Albany Visitors Association will have info on train travel today & years gone by. (541) 928-0911. Free with concessions available for sale.

Monteith House Museum Pre-Season Clean-up & Open House, May 14th, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Monteith Society will lead volunteers in some clean up and light maintenance
of Albany’s oldest home. Open House. (541) 928-0911.

Albany’s Railway History Stop in to see the expanded train station, May 1-31. The train coming to Albany is a special story and how it began the growth of the town. Special Narrated Historic Rail Tours will be given During National Train Day on May 7th, 2016 at 136 Lyon Street S. (541) 967-7122. Free.

The Albany Regional Museum presents History Bites, May 11th, 12:00, p.m. The Brown bag lunch series continues with Albany’s Historic Preservation Efforts by Landmarks Commission member Bill Ryals. Ryals will be presenting a program about the legacy of Albany architect Charles Burggraf in the design of many Albany and Oregon school buildings. Albany’s Central School, one of Burggraf’s designs, will announce their building’s Centennial celebrations and time capsule event. Bring your own lunch. Beverages and light snacks provided. 136 Lyon Street S. (541) 967-7122. Free.

Historic Downtown Walking Tour of 1st Ave, May 11th, 7:30 p.m. Meet at Burkhart Square (Lyon and First Ave) to learn about Albany’s historic architecture & history. Sponsored by the Natty Dresser (541) 979-9108. Free – donations can be made to the Monteith Historical Society.

Linn County Historical Society Presents: Jane Kirkpatrick in Albany, May 15, 2:00 p.m. Jane Kirkpatrick will bring to life “The Eliza Spalding Stories” at the Lakeside Center of the Mennonite Village at 2180 54th Avenue SE in Albany. Learn of the Spalding connection to Brownsville and much more. You are welcome to attend and invite others. All programs sponsored by the Linn County Historical Society are free and open to the public. Her book is titled The Memory Weaver. (541) 926-4680.

Historic Downtown Walking Tour of 2nd Ave, May 18, 7:30 p.m. Meet at Burkhart Square (Lyon and First Ave). Learn about Albany’s historic architecture & history. Sponsored by the Natty Dresser. Free. Donations can be made to the Monteith Historical Society.

Central School Centennial Celebration, May 19, 6-9 p.m. Travel back in time with Central Elementary. Enjoy an ice cream social put on by the PTA starting at 6 p.m. The fifth grade classes will present a May Pole dance and program at 7pm, followed by a sing-along medley of old songs from the 1900’s. Tour the 100-year-old building and discover the contents of the school’s time capsule, which will be on display, along with the results of a coloring contest sponsored by the Albany Landmarks Commission. 336 9th Ave. SW

Monteith District Walking Tour, May 21, 11 a.m. Explore Albany’s architectural history on this 45-minute walking tour.  Meet at Albany Farmers’ Market info booth (4th Ave SW & Ellsworth). You’ll learn about preservation history, how buildings in the historic district are evaluated, and a bit about the Landmarks Commission. (541) 791-0176 or email. Free.

Albany Masonic Cemetery Memorial Weekend Recognition, May 29-30, 2016
Self-guided cemetery walking tour. 700 Broadway Street SW, Information will be on hand regarding the grant, work and tours. Questions? Contact 541-967-1941.

Preservation Awards Presentation at the City Council meeting, May 25, 7:15pm, Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW, (541) 791-0176 or email. Free.

Other Events this May:

May 14th

Downtown Art and Jazz Festival presented by the Albany Downtown Association10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Come Downtown Albany to hear the sounds of Jazz in the air and view art created by local artists from elementary to professional. A great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. or (541) 928-2469

3rd Annual Vintage Bicycle Show & Swap, 1 p.m. – 5.p.m. Presented by Deluxe Brewing Co. All ages welcome in the main brewery area. Tasting room open to 21+. Free Admission. Register 635 NE Water Ave.


Just outside of Albany…

Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8
Carriage Me Back to 1929, Brownsville, OR

A somewhat historic, always enjoyable (and hysterical) community drama of life in 1929 in the history of Brownsville. Dressed in period costumes, local actors take on the personalities of well-known historical characters. Visitors ride in an open horse-drawn wagon carriage from the Linn County Historical Museum (101 Park Ave, Brownsville) to the 1881 Moyer House, enjoying re-enactments along the way. Presented by Linn County Museum Friends & Moyer House, reservations highly recommended (541) 466-3390, Sat. 10am- 12:30pm & 1pm-3:30pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm,


Preservation Opportunities Year-round

Tour Albany Timeline:

Tour Historic Districts
Seems Like Old Times, a self-guided walking/driving tour will guide you through three districts on the National Register of Historic Places with over 700 buildings, historic churches and museums.
Available online and at the Albany Visitors Association. (541) 928-0911, Free.

Albany Regional Museum
Open Tuesday through Friday: 11am to 4 pm. Saturday: 10am-2pm. A fun collection of Albany memorabilia, photos and artifacts make the museum a must see. 136 Lyon S, Albany. (541) 967-7122,
Donations encouraged, free for members.

Albany’s Historic Carousel and Museum
Open Monday through Saturday: 10am to 4pm, Wednesdays till 9pm. 503 First West, Albany. (541) 791-3340, Free

Antique & Collectable Shopping
Enjoy shopping antique & collectible shops in Historic Downtown Albany,

Covered Bridge Tour
Step back in time as you travel through the covered bridges of Linn County. Pick up a self-guided driving tour at the Albany Visitors Association.

Downtown Movie Night

Enjoy a movie in the atmosphere of the restored Pix Theater, one of the finest examples of commercial Queen Anne Architecture in the city of Albany. Open 7 days a week.
Pix Theater,, 321 2nd SW, (541) 967-SHOW. $.

Albany Civic Theater
Located in the Historic Regina Frager Auditorium. 111 West 1st Ave. PO Box 82, Albany, (541) 928-4603, $

Linn County Genealogical Society
An extensive assortment of historical and genealogical holdings are available for members and the general public in the Albany Public Library. 2450 14th Ave, Albany. (541) 791-1618, Free.

The Linn County Historical Museum
Open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.
It is well worth several visits.  It is housed in the relocated railroad depot and railroad cars at
101 Park Avenue in Brownsville. $

For information contact the Albany Visitors Association




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