Silicon Forest: Innovation in Washington County
Innovation is the core concept of this new exhibit at the Washington County Museum. The Silicon Forest in Washington County exhibit showcases the extraordinary infusion of invention and knowledge that made high tech a powerhouse in this region. After exploring some of the key innovations, this exhibit will also challenge visitors to think about Washington County’s future — and your own.
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 demonstrates that practical know-how, as the catalyst that turns creativity into innovation, has long been a deeply held value in Washington County. Read more here.
Up Fanno Creek: Through the Lens of Eric Lindstrom
Author Eric Lindstrom collected several thousand color photographs during the research for his book, Up Fanno Creek. Originally these photos were intended to augment the field notes he took during the course of his study. Soon however it became clear that some images would be needed to supplement the words of the book, providing visual collateral to ideas that sometimes couldn’t be put completely into words. Over time, as the quantity and quality of the photo collection grew, Eric realized that in some cases the words themselves ended up being the supplementary material, especially where many of the more iconic photographs were concerned. These photographs and their captions will be on display beginning May 6th. Support for this exhibit is given generously by the Hillsboro Arts and Cultural Council. Read more here.
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. Read more here.
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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
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.