Myron and Betty Lou Curtis started collecting horse drawn vehicles and sleighs of all types as well as period equipment in 1970. They eventually accumulated over 100 horse drawn vehicles and thousands of period artifacts which offer snapshots of the Victorian era through Industrial revolution in the United States. This collection is one of the largest and most diverse assemblages of horse drawn conveyances in the United States.
The Curtis Horse Drawn Transportation Collection is comprised of many rare and high quality vehicles with international, regional and local significance that were collected during many years of extensive travel in the United States and Canada. Many of the vehicles have been partially or completely renovated while others are in original condition.
The Curtis’ recognized the value of remembering one’s heritage. Along with the Curtis Collection, they researched the origins and uses of the items in the collection. The technologies used to make the items in the Curtis Collection were used in everyday life. These technologies are the basis of technologies used today. Knowing where we came from will help us find where we are going.
We currently offer a variety of programs to local area school children with an emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) using our collection to showcase innovation and critical thinking.
CHEC is in the process of designing, funding and building a museum in Oregon City, Oregon which will showcase our vehicles and host a variety of classes and workshops that align with our vision- "CHEC, along with our partners, will be a regional community education leader recognized for creating programs promoting the systematic pursuit of knowledge by demonstrating how past generations developed and harnessed technologies to transform their world.
The image is a concept drawing of the Willamette Falls River Walk-The Woolen Mill Alcove and Public Yard, this project is currently in the planning stages but we hope to call this our home.