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Our Mission

The purpose of this organization shall be:

* To foster and promote interest in the history and background of the City of Oregon and surrounding areas.

* To promote the preservation of historic sites and buildings, and to maintain a museum to collect, acquire, preserve and store papers, charts, maps, documents, pictures, artifacts, and media portraying the history of the community served this organization.

* To sponsor events that bring history to life in our community.

Our Founder

Founder Josephine Fassett Oregon Ohio

Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society was founded by Josephine Fassett, educator and historian whose career spanned the growth of the Oregon School System from one-room schoolhouses to an entire district. She retired in 1954 after 46 years with the former Oregon Twp. school system. She served as Supervisor and later Superintendent of the combined Oregon-Jerusalem Township and authored the 300-page history book that has preserved our early history and is the contributor to many of the stories we share with you here.

From the book, this photo shows young Josephine with her family.
Josephine Fasset History of Oregon and Jerusalem

Read Josephine’s Book! History of Oregon and Jerusalem, published in 1961.


Our Facilities

The Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society has a five building complex in Oregon Ohio. For rental information click here.

Brandville School Museum

The Brandville School Museum complex includes the Brandville School house. Brandville School was built in 1882, was the first 2-story, 2-room brick school in the township. It held such prestige that students seeking to attend grades 5 to 8 were required to take an entrance exam. When it closed in 1926, it was rented by a rug cleaning company for several years, and then remained vacant for nearly 50 years until it was purchased by the society in 1975. With great effort by the many volunteers it was restored much to its original design. In 1994, it was placed on the National Register of Historical Places with the US Department of the Interior.