Local Story

Local Story is a nomadic public program created to raise awareness about the diversity of people who contribute to the living history of this remarkable region. The program comprises a series of individual events organized in direct collaboration with community members, all of which revolve around the theme of locality, personal history, and the pursuit of opportunity in Washington County. Presentation locations are chosen by each presenter and serve as an immersive backdrop in the telling of their story.

Each Local Story is recorded, archived, and made publicly available through the museum’s permanent collection, as well as through social media pages.

Upcoming Local Story events to add to your calendar:

The Oregon Trail of Tears & Other Hidden Native Histories. 10/5/2019 at 11am at Washington County Museum. David Lewis, PhD, will discuss historic interpretation and representation aligned with current exhibit This IS Kalapuyan Land.



Past Local Story events: 

Thursday, April 11, 2019 – 5:30pm – Irina Boboia
Irina Boboia’s work touches on many subjects, but social justice and equal rights for immigrants and refugees remain central themes throughout. In her project called Two Worlds And Nowhere, from which the work on display is taken, Boboia interviews people about experiences with immigration and displacement, then adds footage and animations that accentuate the storytelling. 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Beaverton City Building.

Thursday, August 16, 2018 – 6:30pm – Jiseon Lee Isbara
Jiseon Lee Isbara is a practicing artist who serves as Dean of Academic Affairs at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Amplified by her experience as a first generation immigrant, she engages with socially charged dialogue through the accumulated aesthetics, materials and processes she has garnered as an emigrant from her native culture. 6:30pm to 7:30pm, limited seating. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018 – 6pm – Bertony Faustin
For Black History Month, Bertony spoke about his inspiration for wine making and screened his documentary film “Red, White, and Black” about minority winemakers in Oregon at the Abbey Creek Vineyard. 6pm to 8pm, limited seating, $10 non-members. Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3232550


Thursday, March 15, 2018 – 6pm – Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo
Through a special partnership with Oregon Humanities, Elizabeth will facilitate a discussion about religious difference in Oregon at the Brookwood Library. This is a free event with recommended $5 donation to support the Washington County Museum’s Local Story program. 6pm to 8pm, all welcome.