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* FREE Family DayFREE Family Day

Time: 10:00 am

Technology from Primitive to Present Day! Washington County has long been the home of innovators. Guests will have a chance to view the Museum’s exhibit “This Kalapuya Land” and interact with primitive technology, as well as learn about the vibrant history that gave Washington County the nickname “Silicon Forest” with the exhibit “Innovation in Washington County.” Participants will also have the chance to make a craft to take home. This event is free and open to the public. Family Days occur the second Saturday of each month, September through June from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

* Crossroads LectureCrossroads Lecture

Time: 7:00 pm

Crossroads Lecture by David G. Lewis, PhD Anthropologist and Ethno-historian on the Tualatin Indians, their use of Wappato lake and their legends of the lake.

* Gaston TalkGaston Talk

Time: 1:00 pm

Join Historian Ken Bilderback as he presents a brief history of Gaston at 1 p.m. Gaston residents are free of charge on May 21st with ID. $6 for Adults, $4 for youth/senior/active military, Museum Members free.

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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.

plum-hill-outside_opt Wine & Whiskey in the Wild West– June 2 - Join guest speaker Ken Bilderback as he explores the history of alcohol in Washington County with a talk titled, “Wine & Whiskey in the Wild West” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2 at Plum Hill Vineyards near Gaston. More about the presentation: Alcohol has played a central role in the Tualatin Valley since American settlers...... Read More
Hopscotch game for free family day at Washington County Museum on June 11, Oregon Free Family Day– June 11 - Summers of the Past! It’s time to think summer because school is almost out. What better way to get ready for summer than playing games from summers of the past? Play with pioneer toys, participate in a game of clues to explore the Museum and make a toy to take home for the summer. This...... Read More
atfalati2 Summer Youth Group Visits - Bring your summer camp or youth group to visit the Museum in historic downtown Hillsboro this summer! We offer hands-on, interactive museum experiences that get students involved in learning the history and culture of our community. Make a day of it by pairing your museum experience with a trip to the park or Civic Center...... Read More
Intro to Preserving Your Family Heirlooms at Washignton County Museum, July 2016. Intro to Preservation Workshop–July 20 - Many have important and unique collections of family photos or archives stored in the back of the closet or in the attic. Would you like to know how to store them correctly? Museum Educator Heather Ferguson will describe the problems that can arise from poor storage and handling. She will give alternative and inexpensive suggestions...... Read More
The Chinese in Oregon and the Chinese Exclusion Act at Washington County Museum, Oregon. Crossroads Lecture–August 24 - Join us for a special lecture titled, “The Chinese in Oregon & the Chinese Exclusion Act” by Patricia Hackett Nicola on Wednesday, August 24 at 7 p.m. 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...... Read More
exhibit logo for Let Go My LEGO Exhibit Opening- November 27 “Let Go My LEGO®” - This exhibit is all about the love of LEGO®. Find out the mathematics behind LEGO®, and enjoy the many fascinating brick creations from PortLUG, the Portland LEGO® User Group. LEGO® lovers young and old can add to the display by building their own works of art to exhibit. Exhibit on display through January 30, 2016....... Read More
Teachers standing in front of information tables in Museum gallery at Washington County Museum. Educators’ Night Out– January 28 - Each year we host a Happy Hour specifically for teachers in Washington County to visit our gallery space and learn about museum resources available for teachers and students. This year’s Educators’ Night Out will be January 28, 2016 from 4:30-7 p.m. Happy Hour is on us! Be sure to save the date, and bring your...... Read More
David Lewis, PhD, is a graduate of the UO Department of Anthropology (2009) and a descendant of the Santiam Kalapuya,Takelma, and Chinook Tribes of western Oregon, speaker at Washington County Museum, Hillsboro Oregon. Crossroads Lecture–May 18 - Join us for a talk on the Tualatin Indians, their use of Wappato lake and legends of the lake by David Lewis at 7 p.m. on May 18th. About the Talk The Tualatin Kalapuya Indians will be the highlight as Dr. Lewis will discuss their culture, territory and lifeways. Some of the Tualatin Chiefs will...... Read More