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Technology: From Primitive to Present Day!

Free Family Day: April 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This month’s Family Day on Saturday, April 12th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m centers on “Technology: From Primitive to Present Day!” and celebrates Washington County’s long heritage of innovators. Guests can view the Museum’s exhibit “This Kalapuya Land” and take a closer look at primitive technology with Leland Gilsan’s Mobile Museum of Oregon Pre-History. Live demonstrations and hands-on activities of primitive skills will be provided by Rewild Portland.

In addition, museum guests will also learn about the vibrant history that gave Washington County the nickname as you tour the “Silicon Forest in Washington County” exhibit. Special high tech demonstrations and activities will be provided by the Washington County Sheriff’s Robot Team, who will bring their tactical robot, and the Society of Women Engineers, who will provide hands-on engineering activities for kids. Participants will also have the chance to make a craft to take home. This event is free and open to the public. Family Days occur the second Saturday of each month, September through June from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Washington County has been and continues to be a nurturing and supporting incubator providing the creative spark for individual and group invention and innovation. Using examples from a variety of innovators from this area, this exhibit will demonstrate that practical know-how, as the catalyst that turns creativity into innovation, has long been a deeply held value in Washington County.

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“Carolyn Cole: Messages”

Painting is a revelatory process that explores the artist’s intuitive relationship to his or her artwork. Caroyln Cole states that her work “hovers between consciousness and intuition, combining emotional content, observation, technical skill, exploration, and reinvention,” and also says that her “goal is to create surfaces that are visually intriguing with expressive colors and shapes.”

Each painting in this exhibit has several layers of paint and collage.Her media include acrylic paints, pencil, and charcoal. Cole says this series of paintings “reveals the introspective part of her personality, and says “I hope that they reflect my intense desire to paint.”

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“James Minden: Light Drawings”

James Minden has been calling these works light drawings because the surface is literally “drawn” (incised) by hand. However, he suggests that that light drawing is only a partial definition. Some people have called them sculptures. He says they are a combination of the actual surface, very narrow grooves in a sheet of plastic that has been coated with a diluted matte medium, and the light reflected from the surface and grooves. This doesn’t sound very unusual for two-dimensional art. What is different is that they are interactive and appear three-dimensional. The light reflecting from the grooves is something that cannot accurately be described without referring to it as what it actually (really) is, an abrasion hologram; something that somehow makes the piece greater than the sum of its material parts. Come join us to see this unique and innovative art form by James Minden in our museum gallery.

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“The Carnegie Library in Hillsboro: 100 Years of Change”

The Carnegie library was built in Hillsboro for $10,000 on land donated to the city, but the money donated did not cover books, only the building. The amount of money donated to most communities was based on U.S. Census figures and averaged approximately $2 per person. The design of the Carnegie libraries has been given credit for encouraging communication with the librarian and created an opportunity for people to browse and discover books on their own. Before Carnegie, patrons had to ask a clerk to retrieve books from closed stacks.

VISIT THE MUSEUM TODAY LEARN MORE ABOUT
THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY HISTORY IN HILLSBORO.

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This Kalapuya Land

This exhibit celebrates the cultural history of Native Americans in this region from the Atfalati band of the Kalapuya Indians through today’s amalgamation of 130 tribes as the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. Many school age children who experience Oregon Native American history in person for the first time do so through Mobile Museum lessons our educators deliver to students in schools across Washington County. This exhibit expands on that history through words, pictures and artifacts from our collection.
Read more here

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Americans All:
The Bracero Program in Washington County

Washington County has the largest Latino population north of Sacramento, California. This exhibition explores the first recorded influx of Mexican and Latino immigrants into Washington County, made possible through the Bracero program.
Read more here.

  

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100 Years of Change:
The Carnegie Library in Hillsboro 1914-2014

The Carnegie Library opened December 9, 1914 at 2nd and Lincoln Streets in Hillsboro. This exhibit celebrates the library and historical setting of the year the library opened in Washington County. Included in the exhibit are sample magazine covers and advertisements from 1914, the year that World War I began in Europe.

Past Exhibits

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