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* Gaston Display OpensGaston Display Opens

Time: 10:00 am

As part of our year-long celebration of Washington County Communities, we are celebrating Gaston in May. Visit the Gaston display to find out how Gaston got its name, how it became a town and some of its notable accomplishments. Display runs through May 27, 2017

* Gaston DayGaston Day

Time: 10:00 am

As part of our City Celebration series, Gaston residents with a valid ID may visit the Museum for free and receive discounts on store purchases on May 20. Check out the Gaston display, which will be up through May 27.

* Author SeriesAuthor Series

Time: 12:00 pm

Friends of the Museum and established Gaston resident-historians Ken and Kris Bilderback will be featured in our May installment of the Local Author Series here at the Museum. With the perfect blend of well-researched history and a captivating story, each book is an enjoyable, light read that doesn't sacrifice historical depth. The Bilderbacks will be at the Museum on May 20th to lead a discussion on Gaston's pioneer cemetery that is under threat of being forgotten. As one of Washington County's non-profit pioneer cemeteries, Hill Cemetery relies on the work of committed volunteers to maintain the grounds and assist relatives who are seeking to have family members buried there. This year saw the remainder of those volunteers, those who had worked tirelessly for decades, step down, leaving the future of the cemetery in question. Hill Cemetery is the resting place for some of Gaston's most notable early settlers, along with many other important Washington County figures like Peter McIntosh, the "King of Cheese", who created Tillamook cheddar, and one of the most-significant Champoeg signers. Come and hear Ken & Kris share the history of this Washington County landmark, and the stories of some of the individuals who lay below. We will also be discussing different ways that you can get involved with ensuring Hill Cemetery remains a landmark for the future. If you would like to know how you can help the Hill Cemetery before Ken's talk, keep an eye out in the upcoming e-newsletters for instructions and contact information from the current organizers of the project.

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Upcoming and Recent Events

The following is a list featuring some of our upcoming and recent events at the Washington County Museum.

Ken-Kris-Bilderback_opt-300x224 Author Series: Ken & Kris Bilderback - Who: Ken & Kris Bilderback When: May 20, 2017 – 12:00 PM -1:00 PM Where: Washington County Museum – Downtown Hillsboro Friends of the Museum and established Gaston resident-historians Ken and Kris Bilderback will be f eatured in our May installment of the Local Author Series here at the Museum. With the perfect blend of... Read More
damien selling Free Family Morning – End-of-School Party: Build Your Own Book! - When: Saturday, June 10, from 10am to 1pm Why: Good times! Where: Washington County Museum, 120 E Main St. Hillsboro, OR 97123 Is there a story hiding inside you? Come on down to the Washington County Museum and learn how to pull that idea out, give it a shine, and put it on display for... Read More
X-Bonding-Tips-for-Primal-Families-Final Free Family Morning – Turn-of-the-Century Fashion & Fun - Come see us on Saturday, May 13 to learn about turn-of-the-century fashion and clothing in the Tualatin Valley! Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities such as designing historic costumes, sewing buttons, making paper dolls, and learning how to analyze historic photo documentation from the Victorian era. This event is provided in conjunction with our current... Read More
NEW fnal panel Ladies of the Valley: Part I (1860 – 1910) - This new exhibit features artifacts from our collection including women’s clothing and accessories, sewing machines, beautiful photos and paintings of local women, old advertisements and much more. Discover what it was like to live as a Tualatin Valley lady during the Victorian Era! This exhibit runs until September 1st, 2017. Visit the Washington County Museum... Read More
3-family-exercising2 Free Family Morning: April 8 - To celebrate World Health Day and combat depression, the Washington County Museum invites the whole family to engage in physical activities and learn how exercise can reduce anxiety and improve mood. Students from the Health and Science School in Beaverton will host exciting demos and activities to help boost energy and morale. Experts have known... Read More
lemon balm! Free Family Morning: March 11 - Enjoy a Native American craft event facilitated by Stephanie Wood, a Grand Ronde Tribal Member. She will teach us how to work with tule to make traditional duck decoys, which were used in duck hunting across many tribes. She will also teach us the traditions of creating cedar cordage, which is the first step in... Read More
Richard Thompson Portrait Author Series: Richard Thompson – March 18th - As we chug along into March, it’s time to reveal our next featured Author: Richard Thompson.   Come along on a journey to Cherry Grove with Mr. Thompson as your conductor!  As an established rail historian in the Pacific North West, Thompson has already published several books on train and street car travel in Portland and... Read More
title New Exhibit: Timber in the Tualatin Valley - We are proud to announce that “Timber in the Tualatin Valley” is our new permanent exhibit, sponsored by Stimson Lumber Company! With many original artifacts on loan from local collector Bill Racine, this display aims to teach visitors about the history of logging in Washington County, from the first pioneers to railroading to gas powered... Read More