Pioneer Days

The South Umpqua Historical Society has written an historical booklet about the south Douglas County area each year since 1968.  In 2022, we will print our 55th issue! 


Current and past issues are available for purchase at prices listed below. 

Annual issues of  "Pioneer Days in the South Umpqua Valley". may be ordered individually.
1968-1992   $4.00 each
1993-2007   $5.00 each
2008-2021   $8.00 each

Please note that we currently have two excellent local history books available along with past issues of "Pioneer Days in the South Umpqua Valley".  See Order Form for details.

In addition, the South Umpqua Historical Society recently completed interviews with old time members of our communities. Fifteen historical videos are available for purchase on DVD for $6 each (plus $3 postage). Please view the list of available DVDs here and indicate the name of the video you wish to purchase on the printable Book and DVD Order Form.

Canyonville Pioneer Days

Each year in August, the City of Canyonville hosts Pioneer old‑fashioned, small‑town festival featuring a parade, live entertainment on stage. barbecues and pie auctions, cake walks and bingo, car shows, frog jumps, tugs of war, lawn mower race, a craft show, an antiques and collectibles show and dances. The Pioneer-Indian Museum is open daily (12p.m.-4p.m.) during festival.

Our first Canyonville Pioneer Days Queen  and her Court, 1971.
    Seated:  Sara Neiderheiser, Queen, and Helen Sullivan, Pioneer Mother, 
Standing:  Verna Conley, Pearl Lawson, Lawrence Boyle, Zola Weaver, and Bess Briggs.

For more information about Canyonville Pioneer Days, visit

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