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Washington County Museum – 120 E. Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon

*The Museum will be closed Sunday, September 28th – Monday, October 6th, 2014 for construction. We will reopen at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7th for Art Walk.

Special Events

Emmy-blue-sweaterFREE! Family Day

Saturday, October 11, 2014

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join Museum staff and volunteers for a fall-themed FREE Family Day with a special story telling program by Emmy Blue at 11 a.m. Children of all ages will have a chance to make crafts, explore the galleries and get hands-on in the museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Family Day is generously sponsored by the William G. Gilmore Foundation.


pancho-villa-wanted-poster_optOctober Crossroads Lecture

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

“From Colonies to Independent Nations: The Mexican Experience”

12 Noon – 1 p.m. (Brown Bag Lecture)

As Hispanic Heritage month comes to an end, Washington County Museum will look at US invasions of Mexico. The Mexican-American War (1846-48) brought bloody combat into the heart of Mexico City itself and ended with the US seizing a third of Mexico’s territory–permanently. The 1916 “Punitive Expedition” saw 4,500 US troops, including the now famous Buffalo soldiers of the 10th Calvary, marching through northern Mexico in a vain attempt to find and punish Pancho Villa for his raid on Columbus, New Mexico. Among the 110,000 National Guardsmen called up and deployed along the border in support of the Expedition were 1,400 Oregonians.

Ilene O’Malley is the Museum’s bilingual educator. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Michigan with a specialty in Mexican culture.

Click here for more information.

murder graphic_optMuseum After Dark (21+)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

You’re the Jury! Dial “M” for Murder in Washington County

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

You be the jury as authors Ken & Kris Bilderback explore some of the more mysterious deaths in Washington County history. Some were murders, some were ruled suicides and some were ruled to be the result of bizarre causes. The Bilderbacks will explain the facts, and you’ll get a chance to issue a verdict before the official results were announced. Special guest Scott Palmer of Bag & Baggage Productions will present a sneak peek of the Company ‘s newest production Dial ‘M’ for Murder. Light refreshments/adult beverages will be served. Click here for more information.

We are thrilled to announce that Bag & Baggage is offering a discount to Museum guests for their upcoming production of Dial “M” for Murder! Use the code MUSEUM5 when buying tickets through Bag & Baggage’s website or by phone and receive $5 off.