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* Wilsonville Display OpensWilsonville Display Opens

Time: 10:00 am

As part of our year-long celebration of Washington County Communities, we are celebrating Wilsonville in August. Visit the Wilsonville display to find out how Wilsonville got its name, how it became a town and some of its notable accomplishments. Display runs through August 27, 2016.

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* Wilsonville DayWilsonville Day

Time: 10:00 am

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

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* Exhibit OpeningExhibit Opening

Time: 10:00 am

“Oregon’s Landmark Legislation” will be on display from August 24- October 22. Oregon has repeatedly led the nation in creating, revising, and implementing laws shaping the quality of life of its citizens. While Oregon’s innovations have evoked controversy, they have charted the course for other states and nations. This traveling exhibit highlights groundbreaking legislation that Oregon has passed since Statehood either by Politician, Legislative Action, or Public Initiative. Arranged chronologically, the panels present legislation that focuses on environmental, social, and land use issues, including the Bottle Bill, the Oregon Forest Practices Act and the Aerosol Spray Ban.

* Crossroads LectureCrossroads Lecture

Time: 6:00 pm

Crossroads Lecture- “The Chinese in Oregon & the Chinese Exclusion Act” Cost: FREE- Sponsored by Oregon Historical Society Event Description: The Chinese Exclusion Act restricted Chinese from immigrating to the United States from 1882-1943. The National Archives branch in Seattle holds thousands of Chinese Exclusion Act files on the Chinese living in Oregon. Patricia Hackett Nicola, who has been working as a volunteer with the Chinese Exclusion Act files in Seattle since 2001, will present documents found in select files, the history of the Act, and how to access the files. This program is made possible by the Oregon Historical Society, who invites you to visit their 2016 exhibits on Chinese history in the United States and Oregon. Visit ohs.org for more information.

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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.

Image of Chinese woman on file. *CANCELLED* Crossroads Lecture–August 24 - Due to unavoidable circumstances we have to CANCEL OUR CROSSROADS LECTURE this Wednesday, August 24. We are working on rescheduling the event. Please check back for details, and we encourage you to attend another great history talk titled, “Chop Suey for All” at the Tualatin Historical Society on September 7 at 1 p.m. We apologize... Read More
Oregon's capitol building against blue sky. Exhibit Opening– August 24 - “Oregon’s Landmark Legislation” will be on display from August 24- October 22. Oregon has repeatedly led the nation in creating, revising, and implementing laws shaping the quality of life of its citizens. While Oregon’s innovations have evoked controversy, they have charted the course for other states and nations. This traveling exhibit highlights groundbreaking legislation that... Read More
Black and white image of Chinese cook in Albany Hotel, Located on Lyon & 2nd in Albany, Oregon. Special Lecture at Tualatin Historical Society– September 7 - Join us for a special lecture titled, “Chop Suey for All: Chinese Cooks in Oregon” presented by local historian Richard Engeman. This talk is a joint event hosted by Washington County Museum and the Tualatin Historical Society as part of the Oregon Historical Society’s 2016 Chinese Oregon Speakers Series. Please note, this lecture will take... Read More
Free Family Morning Pionner School Washington County Museum Hillsboro Oregon Free Family Morning-September 10 - Pioneer School! Learn how early pioneer children experienced school. Guests can test their skills by grinding coffee, stacking wood, kneading dough, and playing games. Participants are also invited to complete a lesson on a slate and write with a quill & ink. Make a craft to take home. This event is free and open to... Read More
Museum After Dark the Art of Emblaming at Washington County Museum, Education Programs Museum After Dark (21+)-October 20 - Museum After Dark is a Happy Hour like no other, designed for adult learners to have fun at the Museum! Join us for our annual Halloween-themed Museum After Dark (21+)! Historian Oscar Hult will portray a mid-nineteenth century embalmer as he describes the embalming techniques used during the time period. Victorian mourning rituals will make... Read More
Boy Scout Merit Badges. Scout Morning-November 5 - We invite all scouts, Cubs, Boys and Girls, and their families to explore the Museum and discover the story and secrets of Washington County. Scouts will move between activity stations to experience the museum. Each Scout can then apply these lessons to their individual Scouting requirements. On Saturday, November 5 our Scout Morning theme is:... Read More
Blue wool felted balls with snowflakes felted as a design. Workshop-November 12 - Learn needle felting from textile artist Pamela Miller! Needle felting is the art of sculpting wool with special, barbed needles. Piercing the wool over and over again meshes the wool fibers together, creating a firm, textile object. Once you learn some basic techniques, needle felting is really quite easy! Participants at this workshop will receive... Read More
Crossroads lecture Missoula Floods, Washington County Museum,  Hillsboro Oregon Crossroads Lecture-November 16 - Rick Thompson, President of the Lower Columbia Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute, will present a talk titled, “Lake Missoula Flood in Your Backyard.” Rick will give an overview of what caused Glacial Lake Missoula, trace its path across eastern Washington and down the Columbia River Gorge, and then focus on the effects of... Read More