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The Tigard Historical Association

The Tigard Historical Association was established in 1978 to move and restore the 1880 John Tigard House and to preserve the cultural and historical  legacy of the Tigard, Oregon area.  

Its members have conserved the John Tigard House; built an ever-expanding collection of memorabilia, artifacts and furniture décor; conducted on-going research into the history of the area and its citizens; and held many seasonal events.

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Contact THA

Call THA at 503-747-9856
Email THA at info@tigardhistorical.org

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Tigard Historical Association

PO Box 230402

Tigard, OR  97281

Victorian Christmas photos are available!

After a 3-year Covid slumber, over 100 loyal John Tigard House visitors stopped by on Saturday, December 2, 2023 to meet Santa, eat some cookies and view the JTH Museum.  There was a break in the weather and we had a great time!

Just click here to see and download the photos!

Don't forget to visit during 2024 for our outdoor events!

Fence Project Update!

 The project is on hold for the winter.  We will start work on the west side of the fence in the spring of 2024.  If you would like to help, please send a note to Phil Pasteris - phillip.pasteris@gmail.com   

THA will provide the paint brushes, scrapers and safety glasses.
Bring some gloves and a hat. 
Take an hour or so to help us out!
Many thanks to Miller Paint for supporting this project!

John Tigard House!

The John Tigard House, located at 103rd St. and Canterbury Lane, is open for special events and by appointment. 
Please call 503-747-9856. 
Click here for a map.

How Did the John Tigard House Get To Its Curent Location?

It wasn't magic, but hard work by Tigard residents!  Dr. Barbara Bennett Peterson wrote a feature article in the April 1 issue of "Tigard Life" issue that tells the story of how the John Tigard House was saved from demolition and moved to its current location!

Tigard’s historic museum was originally a wedding present from Wilson McClendon Tigard to his eldest son John Tigard and was constructed in 1880. It originally was situated on Pacific Highway (99W) where Elmer’s Restaurant is today.

Dr. Barbara Bennett Peterson is a former professor of history at Oregon State University, the historian/writer for the Tigard Historical Association, which preserves the John Tigard House Museum.

THA would like to acknowledge and thank "Tigard Life" publishing this article.  Photo:  Tigard Historical Association

Learn About the Origins of Tigard

Dr. Barbara Bennett Peterson wrote a feature article in "Tigard Life" that tells the story of how our Tigard was settled in 1876.  The City has come a long way since then and you can see the majestic John Tigard House at the corner of 103rd and Canterbury.  Built in 1880, the home was a wedding gift from Wilson Tigard to his son to John.  

Pandemic permitting, THA hopes to celebrate Curtis Tigard memories at the John Tigard House in April 2023.

Dr. Barbara Bennett Peterson is a former professor of history at Oregon State University, the historian/writer for the Tigard Historical Association, which preserves the John Tigard House Museum.

THA would like to acknowledge and thank "Tigard Life" publishing this article.

Celebrating Women's History Month In Tigard

Read About the Fearless Female Leaders of Tigard on the City of Tigard Webpage!  You will recognize these names; Mary Woodward, Grace Tigard Houghton,  LaVerne Sharp, Elizabeth "Betty" Jack,  Neva Root, Patricia Whiting and Alberta Craig Rider.  You can read about the significant contributions they made to our community during their lives.

Curtis Tigard

Curtis was born on April 13,1909 and would have celebrated his 112th birthday on April 13, 2021!   Curtis passed from the Earth on July 25th, 2018.  He served in WWII and was one of "The Greatest Generation" even though he was shy about the title.  He was a man of great character and served all the citizens of Tigard.  Photo taken in 2017 (THA).