An exhibit that celebrates the history and community of the Mazamas.

Embark on a captivating journey through 129 years and discover how Oregon’s Mazamas emerged as one of the preeminent mountaineering and conservation organizations in the United States. Fittingly formed at the summit of Mt. Hood (Wy’East) in 1894, the ties of the Mazamas run deep throughout the Pacific Northwest, from founding president and Portland notable William Gladstone Steel’s pioneering work to establish Crater Lake National Park to its early role in building the iconic Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge.

This exhibit provides an immersive exploration of the Mazamas historic past and vibrant future, marked by its dedication to advancing responsible outdoor recreation, fostering educational opportunities, and cultivating a robust sense of community across the region. Since its modest inception atop Mt. Hood, the organization's scope has expanded to embrace an array of outdoor pursuits beyond mountaineering, ranging from hiking and canyoneering to rock climbing and skiing. Complementing these endeavors, the Mazamas has maintained an important role as champions of conservation, scientific inquiry, and environmental advocacy.

At the heart of the Mazama ethos lies a steadfast commitment to community, a thread woven into every facet of its identity and the driving force behind the organization’s continued evolution As you look back upon the history of the Mazamas, so too will you learn how the Mazamas is building a more inclusive and accessible tomorrow, connecting ever-more Oregonians to their natural love of mountains.

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  • Library & Historical Archives Committee