Current Exhibits

There is a lot to see and learn when you visit The History Center in the historic Douglas Mansion. Our permanent gallery showcases a number of unique and interesting artifacts, photos, stories and information regarding the history of Linn County's culture, people, businesses, neighborhoods and more.


*Please note that all exhibits and galleries are self-guided.

New Exhibits Now Open

Fashion and Philanthropy:
The Armstrong Family

For three generations and over 100 years, the Armstrongs invested in the future of Linn County through incorporating new technology, improving city infrastructure, and fighting for more inclusive hiring and housing practices. Explore the lasting impact of the family behind the beloved Armstrong’s Department Store.

This exhibit is generously sponsored by the Esther & Robert Armstrong Charitable Trust.


Adapting to Peace

By the end of World War II, more than 400,000 Americans had lost their lives, and life on the home front had been permanently altered. Explore the lasting impact of the war as veterans returned home and settled into life: purchasing homes, pursuing education, building families and re-adjusting to the job market.