In 1948, a group of citizens concerned with keeping the history of the Applegate Trail and the Rogue Valley alive founded the Josephine County Historical Society. Interest in establishing a Josephine County Historical Society was renewed in 1959, Oregon’s Centennial year. Then on August 15, 1960, in the historic Masonic Hall in Kerby, the first annual meeting was held. In 1997, the Research Library was settled into a relocated house donated by The Ken Roberts Company and renovated with generous help from the community.
Tours are offered of the Schmidt House, an historical house with a rich history and few changes made since 1910.
Downtown Walking Tours are also offered that will take you around to historical locations where you will hear stories of life in Grants Pass through the years.