Adult Programs

Now on Exhibit



The Fine Art of Jazz

June 18th- August 9th

This exhibition of  50 black-and-white photographic portraits of Kansas City jazz musicians showcases the impact Kansas City Jazz musicians and vocalists had on the national jazz movement of the 1920s and 1930s through photographs of and commentary on renowned jazz musicians who got their start in Kansas City and grew from there to have great impact on American jazz as we know it today. Many of these artists are performing today and remain a powerful influence on the jazz genre.

Photographs by Dan White, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer. Organized by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.

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Sum of Many Parts on display May 21- June 14

Timeless Stitches on display May 21- September 6

Two quilt exhibits will be showcased this summer at the Museum. Sum of Many Parts will feature the work of 14 contemporary quilt artists from across America. The show was originally commissioned by the US Embassy in Beijing, China as a Cultural Heritage exhibit to tour in China. The quilts are now back in the USA. Washington County Museum is one of the first stops on the tour! The Sum of Many Parts will be complemented by quilts from the Museum collection and quilts from area quilters in a second show titled Timeless Stitches. These quilts feature some classic designs of the 19th and early 20th century such as Log Cabin, Crazy Quilt, Wild Goose Chase, and others.  These early quilts will be paired with modern and contemporary quilts created by area quilters showcasing how patterns have evolved.

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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.

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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.



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



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.

Past Exhibits

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