The Washington County Museum is an educational resource for students and teachers in our county. Each program we offer is interactive and bench-marked to meet Oregon Department of Education Academic Content Standards. Whether you come to us, or we come to you, follow-up activities are available to use after your museum program, creating a rich experience for your students. Contact us with any questions or feedback you have. Our Education Team looks forward to working with you and your students!
Touching History Mobile Museum brings the museum to area classrooms. Five lively presentations are filled with information on topics of local history including local Native Americans, one room schoolhouses, the impact of the Oregon Trail immigrants, and Lewis and Clark. Each presentation is taught by an experienced, professional educator. Using a kit of artifacts from the museum’s collection, presenters demonstrate how the objects were used in the context of the lives of the people who used them. These presentations are excellent resources for kicking off a unit of study.
Mobile Museum Scholarships are available to schools in financial need on a first-come, first-served basis thanks to grants from the Herbert E Templeton Foundation, the Juan Young Trust and the Cultural Coalition of Washington County.
School Field Trips
The museum offers fast-paced Dynamic Field Trips designed for multiple learning styles. Guided field trips that focus on local history and technology are currently offered for grades 2 to 6. Self-guided tours can also be arranged for higher grade levels.
In the 2016-2017 school year transportation scholarships will be available to all schools in the county on a first-come, first-served basis thanks to a generous grant from the Reser Family Foundation and support from Portland General Electric.
Educators’ Night Out
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.
Teacher Advisory Council
The Teacher Advisory Council strengthens the connection between our mission driven programs and area classrooms. By working collaboratively with WCM educators and fellow classroom teachers, council members will enhance the Museum’s ability to form meaningful connections with area schools, teachers and students.
Washington County Heritage Online
In 2011, the Washington County Museum and Pacific University received a collaborative grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to digitize historic photographs from the county. The result is Washington County Heritage Online (WCHO), which is available to the public, and perfect for local history research projects. Eleven local groups have contributed over 8,000 photos total, including Banks Historical Society, the City of Beaverton, Centro Cultural, Friends of Historic Forest Grove, and the Tigard Public Library. This unique project makes teaching local history easier for Washington County teachers, so be sure to add this resource to your toolkit. Students can easily navigate the WCHO site to research local events, locations and compare yesterday and today.
Looking for additional history on our county? Our research library may have more information for you.
Washington County Native American Seasonal Round Map
The Museum recently completed research and developed a map in consultation with tribal members from the Grand Ronde that identifies areas of historic significance to the Atfalati or “Tualatin” band of the Kalapuya within Washington County.
The map juxtaposes the general locations of spring, summer and fall camp locations, and winter villages of the Tualatin over a current map of Washington County. The map illustrates what a seasonal lifestyle looked like in Washington County and the general areas where Tualatin family groups lived and traveled to collect resources important to their culture as well as their survival.
The map is currently on display in the “This Kalapuya Land” exhibit.
Resource maps are also available for sale as a teaching tool.
Maps are $10.00 plus shipping and may be ordered by clicking the Pay Pal button. The maps will be available for purchase at the Museum Gift Store Monday- Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call in advance if you wish to purchase several maps so we can have them ready for you to pick up.
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