Mobile Museum for Community Groups

Grandfather, grandmother and grandchild sitting in Crossroads lecture space.Touching History Mobile Museum brings the Washington County Museum to your community group. The Museum offers presentations on topics of local history, arts and culture, taught by professional educators. 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 over time.

The following Mobile Museum presentations are available for community groups with adult audiences.

Atfalati-Kalapuya: First People of Washington County

cowlitzbasketExplore the lives of the indigenous people of the Tualatin Valley, the Atfalati branch of the Kalapuya tribe. Learn how the Atfalati dressed, their customs, what they ate, where they lived and how they used their natural resources. Furs, stone tools, baskets, and additional artifacts will be displayed and discussed.

Braceros: The Men of Migrant Labor

In 1942, faced with a labor crisis, the United States turned to Mexico for help. The Bracero Program was born. While American men were fighting in WWII, the Braceros traveled to Oregon and other states, under a treaty with Mexico, to help farmers bring in their crops. Trace the migration of a Bracero, examine historic photographs and investigate artifacts.

Chinook: Master Traders of the Northwest

canoe_2The “Wapato Lowlands” – the region on the lower Columbia River with Sauvie Island at its heart – was once one of the richest, most densely populated areas north of Mexico and the home of the Chinook people. Learn how the area’s natural resources, including salmon, provided the Chinook with great wealth and how trading activities throughout the area provided opportunities to increase this wealth.


Tualatin Valley, Then & Now

5WMBF00Z_optExamine life in Tualatin Valley then and now: From early Native traditions to fur trappers, settlers, Braceros, foodies and techies! This presentation includes furs, baskets and historic fashion to be displayed, discussed, and touched.

How Mobile Museum Works

To create a successful visit, there are a few organizational items to consider before contacting the museum.

  1. Each presentation is one hour long and includes a slideshow, discussion, and an opportunity to handle museum artifacts.
  2. The cost is $135 per presentation in Washington County. All other locations will be assessed based on distance and travel time.
  3. Set-up takes approx. 30 minutes before the presentation.
  4. We request access for a large 6 to 8ft table in the presentation area.
  5. Please fill out the registration form below to make contact with the museum.

Photo Policy: Photographs may be taken during presentations; however, we request that our presentations (and stations) not be videotaped.

Schedule a Mobile Museum Presentation

To schedule a presentation, please fill out the contact form below. Museum staff will respond to you within 3 business days.


Community groups will be invoiced when their registration is completed. Payment is due prior to the Mobile Museum presentation. Groups are welcome to pay by check or online by clicking the Donate button below.

To pay by check, please make check payable to Washington County Museum and send payments to the mailing address:
Washington County Museum
3300 NW 185th Ave, Ste. 260
Portland, OR 97229