Washington County Museum – 120 E. Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon
Innovations in Washington County: Discovering Technology Then (1944) and Now (2014)
Innovation is the core concept of this upcoming exhibit at the Washington County Museum. With a working title of “Innovation in Washington County: What’s Next?” this 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 will demonstrate that practical know-how, as the catalyst that turns creativity into innovation, has long been a deeply held value in Washington County.
1. Technological innovations spring from bright ideas that come from looking at a problem or a need from a new perspective. An act of creativity, this ability is often rooted in childhood experiences, including what people read, played with, or watched on TV, that peaked curiosity and sparked imagination.
2. Popular culture demonstrates that predicted technological breakthroughs can become reality:
a. Science fiction & fantasy (Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers movies, comic book heroes, Star Trek, Star Wars, The Jetsons, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Tolkien and space- and fantasy-oriented videogames)
b. Popular science (Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Erector set, chemistry set, microscope set, model airplanes)
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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.
“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.
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THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY HISTORY IN HILLSBORO.
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.
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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.
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Programs & Special Events
Free Family Day: Saturday March 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join Museum staff and volunteers to make puppets and celebrate spring! Tears of Joy Puppet Theater will perform their play Papagayo, a tale from the Guatemalan jungle, at 11 a.m. Crafts and activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in our gallery. This event is free and open to the public.
Family Days at the Washington County Museum are sponsored in part by The William G. Gilmore Foundation and The Autzen Foundation.
March Crossroads Lecture
Wednesday March 19, 2014
The Age of Flight: Aviation in Hillsboro.
12 Noon – 1 P.M. (Brown Bag Lecture)
Soar into history with Dana McCullough and Phil Brown as they share photos and stories they’ve collected about our local airport. To some it’s just a tiny airport on the outskirts of the big city, but as Phil and Dana will share, it has a unique and interesting story to tell from it’s days as a dirt runway to the present comings and goings of corporate jets and light aircraft!
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