The purpose of the Multnomah Historical Association is “To collect, preserve, to exhibit, to publish material of a historical character and to develop community wide interest in the history, growth and development of the Southwest neighborhoods of Portland, Oregon.”
Created by parents after the 1979 closure of the Multnomah elementary school, the Multnomah Historical Association continues it’s mission of preserving the buildings, history, stories, photos, and memorabilia of our community.
Due in part to the efforts of the association, Multnomah School went on to become the Multnomah Center. Now operated by Portland Parks & Recreation, it continues to serve as a common place for our community to meet, learn, and play.
Over the years the association has sponsored special events, published materials, gathered oral histories, developed a historic library collection, and served as a resource for historical information. Large events have included the celebration of the World War II Memorial Rock in 1996, hosting the 2001 Multnomah School reunion, and the 2008 Multnomah Centennial Celebration.
Multnomah Historical meetings are open to the public and take place on the 1st Monday of the month at 7pm in the first floor conference room at 2929 SW Multnomah Blvd. Visitors are welcome and encouraged.
Donations to the Multnomah Historical Association are tax exempt under chapter 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.