About Friends of Vista House

Friends of Vista House was established in 1982 by a dedicated group of volunteers and has, since its inception, been the consistent supporter and advocate for Vista House, Oregon’s most beloved and treasured icon.

Dedicated in 1918, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Vista House is an integral part of the Columbia River Highway National Landmark.

FOVH volunteers contribute thousands of hours annually welcoming over one million visitors each year and telling the fascinating history of the Vista House, its place in Oregon history as well as our nation’s history. The organization works in partnership with Oregon Parks & Recreation Department to manage, operate and maintain Vista House for all to enjoy, now and for generations to come.

Friends of Vista House operates an interpretive retail Museum Gift Shop in the lower level of Vista House, offering an impressive and unique array of fine merchandise, including books for all ages and many items crafted by local artisans.

FOVH is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that receives no federal or state funding. FOVH depends on membership and other individual and corporate donations to maintain its operations.

Volunteer Opportunities

Since its inception in 1982, the Friends of Vista House has grown and thrived through the generous support and commitment of its volunteers.

Interpretive Volunteers

Interpretive volunteers answer questions and give directions at the information desk located in the rotunda of the Vista House. New volunteers receive training and an orientation tour. They then go on to work with seasoned volunteers. Our volunteers enjoy complimentary orientation trips to area attractions and are treated to several volunteer appreciation events!

Costume Volunteers

Many of our volunteers enjoy dressing in period costumes to share the early 20th century experience with our visitors. They greet visitors and provide photo opportunities. As ambassadors of the Friends of Vista House, they enthusiastically share their knowledge of the history of the Vista House.

Folk Art Volunteers

Occasionally you will find people with special talents displaying their skills at the Vista House — everything from pine needle baskets to dulcimer music.

Get Involved

If you would be interested in volunteering with Friends of Vista House, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at for more information.

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