BCHS recently opened a new exhibition in the first floor gallery called "Can You Hear Me? Now?" The exhibition, which features musical instruments from the American Civil War and the DeMoss Lyric Bards, radios, televisions, telephones, flutes from around the world, and recording & playback devices, will be open for one year. Come see how technology has changed in the past 100 years, and try some of the interactive exhibitions, including a telephone "party line", an oscilloscope, a morse code telegraph, and and mp3 player programmed with many sounds that represent artifacts and eras presented throughout the gallery. More online at www.bentoncountymuseum.org/exhibitions/sound.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
The commissioners will travel to Philomath for lunch, their regular meeting, and a tour of the Benton County Historical Museum's Collection Care Facility. Benton County Commisssioner Jay Dixon will welcome the commissioners at 1:00 pm. The public is invited to attend the afternoon meeting.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
"Celebrating Oregon's Heritage" is the theme of our 2009 Quilt County exhibition! The quilt show will be open August 28-October 17, 2009.
The exhibition includes both contemporary quilts by Benton County quilters and quilts from the museum collection that date from 1824 through 1985. Six of the museum’s quilts were made in the 19th century. All of the quilts will be represented in an online museum exhibition at www.bentoncountymuseum.org.
Contemporary quilters represented in the show include Nancy Bryant, Diana Cleland-Boyle, Carol Davis, Pam Duren, Debbie Garvin, Marcia Gilson, Marcy Gregg, Babette Grunwald, Liz Hoffman, Dianne Jackson, Susan Johnson, Judy Juntunen, Kerry McFall, Sidney Snell, Shirley Strub, Ann Smith, Sandra Thiesen, Jan Tallis, Yvonne Thomas, and Lisa Ullmer.
The many contractors and sub-contractors working with Greenberry Construction are making rapid progress on our new hardscape. Although one side of the driveway is closed, the museum is open, with parking in the rear of the building. Thank you for visiting the museum.
Friday, August 21, 2009
At the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Benton County Historical Society on Thursday, August 20, 2009 John Croy was recognized for his generous sponsorship of this year's Chautauqua program.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
This week we added a new online museum exhibition called “Tale of Two Colleges: Philomath College and College of Philomath”. Soon we will also have an online counterpart to the upcoming Quilt County exhibition in celebration of Oregon’s heritage.
Please keep checking back to our web site for more fun historical facts, anecdotes, featured artifacts, and online exhibitions. Thank you Susan Christie for assisting with our web work.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thanks to our sponsor, Starker Forests, Inc. for making this event possible. Special thanks to Valley Catering and Costco for providing a delicious meal.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
4H Youth Development Older Youth Program arrived in a motor coach at the Museum this afternoon about 3:30 pm to give an hour of help to Bob Holton, our maintenance man, on landscape projects. The 4H-ers hauled and spread bark mulch and chips to garden beds around the Museum. Thanks to these energetic young people for helping to spruce up our grounds!
Friday, June 19, 2009
"Home Is Where The Art Is" is open to the public through August 22. Some of the artifacts may also be seen online http://www.bentoncountymuseum.org/exhibitions/Decorative_Arts.
Many volunteer hands made this exhibition possible. Martha Fraundorf saw this project through from planning, selecting objects for display, retrieving them from storage, detailed historical research, and installation of the final exhibition. Conservators J. Claire Dean and Tom Fuller advised us about how to best care for the sterling silver. Kate Mathews and Marcia Cutler cleaned some of the tarnished silver. Joyce Nesson dusted the furniture and wood items. Conservator Ingrid Seyb prepared the glass and ceramics.
The oldest piece in the exhibition is the sampler made by Sarah Lewis in 1796.
The most recent piece in the show is Richard Powell’s sequoia bowl, which he carved in 2007 using wood from giant Sequoia tree that formerly served as Philomath's public Christmas tree. The 105 ft. tree was felled in March 2007 to make way for the Hwy. 20/34 couplet.
Local contemporary pieces include Dale Donovan’s vase, Dick Powell’s sequoia bowl, a glass spaceship candle holder by Skip Horton (Gazelle Glass) and the frame of Don Wilson’s leather-backed chair.
Objects from thirteen countries are on display. Countries represented include Azerbaijan, Thailand, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, India, Iran (Persia), Italy, Japan, Syria and the United States.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Joyce Nesson, at left, is our Tuesday front desk volunteer. She also helps Mark Tolonen, exhibitions curator, prepare objects for exhibition like this wood chair with inlay from Damascus, Syria from the Horner Collection. The chair dates from the early 20th century. Other objects in the exhibition include a Persian-influenced spoon and brass bowl. Come and see these beautiful objects when they go on display! The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Admission is free!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Wanda Leach, dedicated Benton County Historical Society volunteer, was honored on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at the Samaritan Awards, sponsored by the Philomath Chamber of Commerce. Ron Thiesen served as master of ceremonies. The event took place at the Philomath Scout Lodge.
Monday, May 18, 2009
May is Historic Preservation Month! Benton County Museum staff member, Mary Gallagher, led a walking tour of the historic buildings in downtown Corvallis, Oregon on Saturday, May 16, 2009. The weather was perfect, and the crowd of 15 participants enjoyed the tour.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
After several months of work on windows in need of rehabilitation and repair, all windows are back in place in the Old Philomath College building which houses the Benton County Historical Museum in Philomath, Oregon. The project was funded in part by a grant from the Heritage Programs Division, State Historic Preservation Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Benton County Historical Society is honored to host Karen Illman Miller: The Art of Katazome, a dramatic exhibition of unique fiber arts. The exhibition will be open May 1 through June 13, 2009. Please view online photos of the exhibition at http://www.bentoncountymuseum.org/exhibitions/KarenMiller/index.cfm.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The winning entries of the 2009 high school art competition are on public exhibition through April 25. It's a beautiful show by many very talented artists from fourteen Oregon high schools.
It is a lot of work to participate in the competition, taking a strong commitment by teachers, students and families. THANK YOU for your dedication!
This year we had 70 winners in 13 categories. Last year we had 102 winners in 14 categories. Fewer schools submitted art this year.
Was the timing of the show affected by Spring Break schedules? How can we improve the program and encourage broader participation? Please post your comments, ideas, suggestions.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
We are excitedly gearing up for the 6th annual Willamette Valley High School Art Competition, which will be open to the public from April 11 through April 25! This year fourteen schools submitted 214 entries in thirteen art categories. The award ceremony will be Saturday April 11 from 2-4pm.
As the winning art was selected I began laying out the room in preparation for hanging the show. Tuesday evening I turned out the lights in the gallery and had a beautiful surprise. The setting sun cast a triangle of light on a corner of one window pane in the gallery. By some cosmic coincidence, the triangle of light landed perfectly on a painting by Vicky Aceves of South Albany High School. Most of the painting is dark tones, with a bright, fiery, triangle at the bottom, and that is precisely where the sunlight fell!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Nancy Bryant's lecture, "Dressed for the 18th Century" was the final presentation in this year's Benton Lecture series.
She started her "reverse strip tease" in a chemise and gradually added all the pieces--corset, petticoat, hoops, etc--that upper class women in Europe and America wore in the 18th century. She donned replica jewelry, shoes and wig to complete the outfit.
Eighty people attended the lecture.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
The current art show in the Moreland is a student art show, called Art: The 4th 'R', which uns through March 28, 2009.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
We send gratitude and congratulations to the museum volunteers who made it possible for us to offer this series. Walter Frankel scanned and/or retyped all of the booklets. Susan Christie reformatted them and tweaked the HTML. As time allows, we would like to embellish the articles with sidebars containing historic photos, museum artifacts, and updates.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Go to http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/OR150.shtml to download the list.
The Benton County Historical Museum Store carries several of the titles. Visit the Museum Store and check it out!!
Monday, February 9, 2009
The Benton County Historical Society is marking this double celebration with its second annual Valentines in Vegas casino games event on Saturday, February 14, 2009 from 7 to 9 pm at the CH2M Alumni Center on the Oregon State University campus. Team Casino will be joining us again to help you play all your favorite games: blackjack, craps, roulette and Texas Hold em. Seasoned gamblers and beginners are all welcome!
The evening includes a silent auction, entertainment, hors d'ouevres, punch, Oregon birthday cake, and a cash bar. This year, childcare is provided for children ages 2 and up. Your $25 ticket includes admission to the event, "funny money" to play the tables, one drink, and lots of FUN! Tickets are available by calling the Museum at (541) 929-6230. Quantities are limited, so call today!
Free flyers may be downloaded at http://www.bentoncountymuseum.org/ValentinesInVegas.cfm
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Dave Stemper, instructor, wrote: "My interpretation students are JUST BEGINNING development of their small interpretive displays at OSU, and I wanted them to see what you have in place at Benton County as a means of sparking some ideas."
The students also learned a little about the history of our National Register Building. The thick, white bell rope in the auditorium/gallery caught their attention and two students asked if they could ring the bell. Since the bell can be heard best from outside the building, the group gathered in the parking lot while one stayed inside and pulled on the bell rope.
The bell was installed in the cupola of the Philomath College building 1867 .
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Listen to Northwest Passage on KLCC 89.7fm, Eugene, on Wednesday February 4, 2009 from 4:00 - 4:30pm.
Events at Benton County Historical Museum that honor Oregon's 150th birthday will include an art exhibition entitled "150 Years of Oregon Art", a lecture series, a juried quilt show, and a dynamic online timeline of Benton County history.
Friday, January 30, 2009
On Tuesday, January 27, 2009 members and friends of the Marys River Quilt Guild gathered to study 19th century quilts from the Museum's collections. Collections specialist, Ross Sutherland, right, retrieved the artifacts and unrolled the quilts in the Collections Work Room in the Collections Care Facility.