Museum News and Updates

Camassia quamash camas plant at Washington County Museum, Oregon It’s Camas Season! - It’s Camas Season! Camas (Camassia quamash) is a native plant that grows in moist meadows, emerging in early spring. Camas grows to a height of 12 to 50 inches, varying in color from pale lilac or white to deep purple or blue-violet. In addition to its beauty, the camas plant was an essential food source... Read More
Man and young boy making a wind turbine run infront of a fan at Washington County Museum, Oregon. Free Family Day– May 14 - Technology from Primitive to Present Day! Washington County has long been the home of innovators. Guests will have a chance to view the Museum’s exhibit “This Kalapuya Land” and interact with primitive technology, as well as learn about the vibrant history that gave Washington County the nickname “Silicon Forest” with the exhibit “Innovation in Washington... Read More
David Lewis, PhD, is a graduate of the UO Department of Anthropology (2009) and a descendant of the Santiam Kalapuya,Takelma, and Chinook Tribes of western Oregon, speaker at Washington County Museum, Hillsboro Oregon. Crossroads Lecture–May 18 - Join us for a talk on the Tualatin Indians, their use of Wappato lake and legends of the lake by David Lewis at 7 p.m. on May 18th. About the Talk The Tualatin Kalapuya Indians will be the highlight as Dr. Lewis will discuss their culture, territory and lifeways. Some of the Tualatin Chiefs will... Read More
Ken & Kris Bilderback_opt Gaston Talk– May 21 - On May 21 we will celebrate the City of Gaston as part of our year-long Celebration of Cities in Washington County. Ken Bilderback will present a brief history of Gaston at 1 p.m. Museum admission free for Gaston citizens with ID. $6 for Adults, $4 Youth/Seniors/Active Military, Museum Members free.
plum-hill-outside_opt Wine & Whiskey in the Wild West– June 2 - Join guest speaker Ken Bilderback as he explores the history of alcohol in Washington County with a talk titled, “Wine & Whiskey in the Wild West” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2 at Plum Hill Vineyards near Gaston. More about the presentation: Alcohol has played a central role in the Tualatin Valley since American settlers... Read More
atfalati2 Summer Youth Group Visits - Bring your summer camp or youth group to visit the Museum in historic downtown Hillsboro this summer! We offer hands-on, interactive museum experiences that get students involved in learning the history and culture of our community. Make a day of it by pairing your museum experience with a trip to the park or Civic Center... Read More