The Washington County Museum is an educational resource for students and teachers in the region. 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. Our Education Team looks forward to working with you and your students!
Touching History Mobile Museum brings the museum to area classrooms. Six lively presentations are filled with information on topics of local history including local Native Americans, one room schoolhouses and the impact of the Oregon Trail immigrants, to name a few. 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.
Dynamic Field Trips
The museum offers fast-paced content-rich Field Trips designed for multiple learning styles. Guided field trips that focus on local history and technology are currently offered for grades 2 to 3. The programs are linked to Oregon Department of Education Standards. Self-Guided School Visits can also be arranged for different groups and sizes.
The museum offers K-12 Self-Guided School Visits that complement and enhance elementary, middle, and high school learning. Teachers can utilize museum exhibits to expand curriculum and improve student abilities in a variety of ways and contexts using historical artifacts, primary sources, and diverse texts.
Each spring we host an informal Happy Hour specifically for teachers working throughout Washington and Multnomah Counties to visit our gallery space and learn about museum resources available to 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.
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