Crossroads Lectures

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Crossroads Lectures are held quarterly at the Washington County Museum. Guest speakers from around the area are invited to speak on cultural and historical issues and subjects related to Washington County. Many of the Crossroads Lectures are timed and themed for holidays, festivals, and current events.

Crossroads Lectures are free to members, $6 per person for nonmembers.

You will find the latest Crossroad Lectures announcements on our site in events and lectures and on our Program Calendar.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for the lecture series, please contact contact us by email or call 503-645-5353.

Crossroads Lectures

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • plum-hill-outside_opt History While You Sip– 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
  • Man leaning on globe. Crossroads Lecture–February 17 - “Is Oregon Ready for the Big One: Oregon’s Past and Future Earthquakes” Still unsure about earthquakes in Oregon and what the “Big One” really means? Join us on February 17 for an informative lecture by Scott F Burns, Professor Emeritus of Geology and Past-Chair of the Dept. of Geology at Portland State University. In the... Read More
  • Law and Order at the End of the Oregon Trail Crossroads Lecture- November 4: Gender and Justice in Washington County with Ken & Kris Bilderback - Gender has played a central role in criminal justice since Oregon was just a territory. Even long after Oregon became a state, women were considered to be the property of men and were not allowed to vote or to serve on a jury. Local authors Ken and Kris Bilderback will explore how gender has influenced... Read More

Our 2016 Crossroads Lecture series is sponsored in part by the Judith and Edwin Cohen Foundation. Thank you for your support.

Be a Crossroads Champion! If you are interested in being a sponsor of the Crossroads Lecture Series, please contact us at 503-645-5353.