Museum News and Updates

Douglas_Fir_Cone_fs Closing on August 29th: “In the Footsteps of David Douglas” - The Museum has been honored to display two beautiful exhibits related to the Scottish botanist David Douglas. “In the Footsteps of David Douglas” will close on August 29th, so be sure to get one last glimpse! “In the Footsteps of David Douglas” highlights the life and accomplishments of Scottish botanist and explorer David Douglas and... Read More
Hillsboro First Tuesday Art Walk Map. First Tuesday Art Walk– September 1 - Join us for First Tuesday Art Walk on September 1 from 5-7 p.m. It will be your first chance to view September’s month-long display about the City of Cornelius, Oregon, and another great opportunity to see the art exhibit “Seeking Silence: The Photography of Russell Young.” Art Walk is a fun evening out of the... Read More
Exhibit logo. “The Changing Face of Poverty” Exhibit Opens on September 11 - Over the last 50 years, the face of poverty has changed from desperation to hope as Community Action led the way to build a network of services and providers that are responsive to the changing needs of the community. This is a commemorative exhibit showing the impact of Community Action’s programs in Washington County. Exhibit... Read More
Logo with exhibit name, "On to Hillsboro Celebration." September 12th Exhibit Opening: “On-to Hillsboro Centennial Celebration Wagon” - In 1959, the State of Oregon celebrated its 100th anniversary. Part of the year-long celebration included the On-To-Oregon Cavalcade. The idea was to reenact a wagon train traveling the entire Oregon Trail from Independence, Missouri, to Independence, Oregon. Seven wagons were sponsored by five towns and two counties in Oregon: Drain, Hillsboro, Independence, Jackson County,... Read More
Boxes and pioneer goods to be packed into an Oregon Trail wagon at Washington County Museum in Hillsboro, Oregon. FREE Family Day & Pioneer Village on Saturday, September 12 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. - Celebrate the installation of Hillsboro’s reproduction Oregon Trail wagon that traveled the On-to-Oregon Cavalcade in 1959– one of only four cavalcade wagons left in existence. Guests will be able to enter the wagon and experience pioneer life in the Museum from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. This expanded Family Day will also feature a Pioneer Village... Read More
Hispanic Heritage Month Logo Hispanic Heritage Month is Around the Corner- Book a Mexican History Presentation from the Museum Now - Hispanic Heritage month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and to celebrate the group’s heritage and culture. As part of our Mobile Museum program, Washington County Museum’s bilingual educator offers talks about Mexican and Mexican American history to provide context... Read More
Photo of Miss Oregon 2015 in green dress. Miss Oregon will be the Master of Ceremonies for the Museum’s 25th Annual Gala - The Gala Committee is pleased to announce that Miss Oregon will be the Master of Ceremonies at Washington County Museum’s Annual Gala. Miss Oregon 2015, Ali Wallace, is a native Oregonian and formerly Miss Portland 2015. Her platform is Traumatic Brain Injury Education and Awareness, and her talent is dance. She currently studies Film at... Read More
Image of reproduction Centennial Celebration Oregon Trail wagon with hoops. Pioneer Wagon Arrives at the Museum! - We are very happy and grateful to announce the arrival of our long awaited wagon today! Built by Weaver “Pop” Clark for the 1959 Oregon Trail Centennial Celebration trip from Independence, Missouri to Independence, Oregon, the Clark Family has graciously donated this amazing piece for public display in our museum. Also a big thanks to... Read More