Adult Programs

Crossroads Lectures

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  • When: Monthly on the third Wednesday
  • Where: Washington County Museum
    Hillsboro Civic Center
    120 E Main Street
    Hillsboro, OR 97123
    Second Floor Above Starbucks
  • Time: 12 Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Cost: Free to members, $6 per person nonmembers

Get the latest Crossroads Lecture schedule on our Program Calendar.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for the lecture series, please contact Marcia Hale at 503-645-5353.
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A Sample of Past Crossroads Lectures


April 2014:
The Battle of Puebla and the True Story Behind Cinco de Mayo

Every May, festivals and parties commemorating the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo, are held across the United States. But what exactly does Cinco de Mayo commemorate? And how are the French and Eqyptian military a part of this story? Learn more with the Museum’s Bilingual Educator Ilene O’Mally at this Crossroads Lecture.



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Dana McCullough’s Father
Swede Ralston with Ed Ball

March 2014:
The Age of Flight: Aviation in Hillsboro – Dana McCullough and Phil Brown

Soar into history with Dana McCullough and Phil Brown as they share photos and stories they’ve collected about our local airport. To some it’s just a tiny airport on the outskirts of the big city, but as Phil and Dana will share, it has a unique and interesting story to tell from it’s days as a dirt runway to the present comings and goings of corporate jets and light aircraft!

Swede Ralston and Ed Ball built the Hillsboro Airport, and Ed Ball — one of the airport’s earliest instructors — taught Ralston to fly. The stories include building or refurbishing planes, carving wooden propellers and piecing together parts. Eventually, they opened Ball-Ralston Flying Service, which became Aero Air — at the then-100-acre Hillsboro Airport.



February 2014: “PACKY AND ME” with Patricia Maberry

On April 14, 1962, the birth of a precocious pachyderm captivated the world. The elephant–Portland, Oregon’s own Packy–garnered national and international attention as the first-ever captive elephant born in an American zoo. In the face of an unpopular war in Vietnam and rising racial tensions, America needed a distraction. The man at the center of this epic story, Dr. Matthew Maberry was the doctor in charge of managing this epic event! Patricia Maberry, co-author of the book “Packy and Me” will speak about her husband’s work as the first full time zoo veterinarian at Portland’s Zoological Gardens now known as the Oregon Zoo.

Dr. Maberry was a long time Washington County resident.



January 2014:

Crossroads Lecture: Light Drawings with artist James Minden.

Painter and printmaker James Minden explores a new art medium he calls light drawing. They are handmade holograms, as they are interactive and appear three-dimensional. These are the only serious art pieces currently being created using this medium, the largest abrasion holograms ever made and are among the largest holograms, of any kind, to be created in an art context.



December 2013: Aloha-Reedville History with Janel Josephson

Look beyond the 20th century development and you’ll find historic landmarks that reveal character and values of the Aloha-Reedville community. Identify and locate sites that create a unique and authentic sense of place. This talk celebrates the release of the newest Images of America book by local resident Janel Josephson on the history of the Aloha-Reedville area.

November 2013: “Finding History Beneath our Feet: The Road to the Past Begins Wherever You’re Standing” with Ken Bilderback.

We think history is made in world capitals, but you can find it in your own backyard. Ken will talk about how tracing the history of a creek with no name in his ‘new hometown’, Gaston, led him to explore every major trend in Oregon history one step at a time and two books later!