The Woodburn Historical Museum was founded in 1986 by a group of citizens interested in preserving and promoting the heritage of Woodburn. Some of the key volunteers were Red Eaden, Paul Graham, Vance Yoder, Lou Jane Cornwell, Gene Stoller, Paul Serres, Tom Pantle, Gail Wengenroth, Kathy Figley, Ed Murphy, Nevin Holly and Hazel Smith.
The group leased and eventually purchased a historic storefront building in downtown turning the narrow 2000 square foot facility, plus the adjoining historic Bungalow Theater, into a tribute to Woodburn’s heritage.
While the City of Woodburn became steward of the museum in 2000, some of the original founders of the institution are still involved as volunteer docents. The City currently manages the Museum and Theater with the support of many local volunteers.
The Bungalow Theater has been a fixture of Woodburn since 1911 and was the town’s first movie theater. It is currently part of the Berry Museum and includes many of the original fixtures and old-time movie memorabilia.We would like the Bungalow Theater to once again be a gathering place for the community to put on plays, see presentations, watch movies, and socialize. Our vision is that the Bungalow Theater will once again be a hub for community activity.