Adult Programs

Crossroads Lectures

Meet us at the Crossroads!

April Crossroads Lecture:
The Battle of Puebla and the True Story Behind Cinco de Mayo
Wednesday April 16, 2014

12 Noon – 1 P.M. (Brown Bag Lecture)

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.

This informative talk with accompanying images features unique insights from Ms. O’Malley, who holds a PhD in History from the University of Michigan, with a specialty in Mexican popular culture. She worked as an attorney for Mexican farm workers for 15 years.

Meet us at the Crossroads!

  • 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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Past Crossroads Lectures

March Crossroads Lecture:
The Age of Flight: Aviation in Hillsboro – Dana McCullough and Phil Brown
Wednesday March 19, 2014

12 Noon – 1 P.M. (Brown Bag Lecture)

Dana McCullougs Father Swede Ralston with Ed Ball

Dana McCullough’s Father
Swede Ralston with Ed Ball

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 19, 2014 Crossroads Lecture:
“PACKY AND ME” with Patricia Maberry

12 Noon – 1 P.M. (Brown Bag Lecture)
Packy1On 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. The book is now available in the museum store.


Jan 15, 2014: Crossroads Lecture: Light Drawings with artist James Minden.

12 Noon – 1 P.M. (Brown Bag Lecture)

61305Painter 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.

Join us for this interactive presentation, where the artist discusses the last three years of his career exploring a new two-dimensional medium he calls light drawing. He calls his work “handmade e holograms,” as they are interactive and appear three-dimensional.

They are also known as abrasion holograms and are created on sheets of PETG plastic (glycol-modified polyethylene terephthalate) that Minden incises to reflect light in particular patterns. The wall pieces are mounted on a wood panel for support, and can be seen acceptably in normal lighting but are most effective when lit by a single point source. So far he has created them up to 96 x 72 inches. The interactive nature of these pieces is best seen in person, but videos can also be effective, as can be seen below.

Dec 18: Crossroads Lecture: Aloha-Reedville History with Janel Josephson.

12 Noon – 1 P.M. (Brown Bag Lecture)
Janel Josephson - December Crossroads Lecture

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.

Janel Josephson, a Portland-area native and has lived in Reedville since 2000. She is a graduate of Sunset High School and Portland State University. Growing up, Janel was fascinated by stories of three generations of ancestors that travelled the Oregon Trail in 1845. A long-time collector of historical photographs and other artifacts, her research of family genealogy is included in the archives of the Oregon Historical Society. She is an active member of the Beaverton Historical Society and the Washington County Museum. Janel has volunteered with the Aloha Community Library, Village Gallery of Art and the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Crossroads Lectures for 2013

Nov 20: Crossroads Lecture: “Finding History Beneath our Feet: The Road to the Past Begins Wherever You’re Standing” with Ken Bilderback.

12 Noon – 1 P.M. (Brown Bag Lecture)
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!

Ken Bilderback is a native of Detroit, Michigan who moved with his wife Kris to rural Gaston, OR in 2004 to get out of the rat race. He is a former newspaper reporter and editor at papers from New York City to Vancouver, WA. Ken is a volunteer Public Information Officer for the local fire department. He and wife Kris wrote “Creek with No Name: How the West was Won (and Lost) in Gaston, OR which has won many national and international awards.