Monday, December 20, 2010
Laura Berman, Katheryn Byram, Carolee Clark, Dale Donovan, Babette Grunwald, Lee Kitzman, Judith Sander, Harold Wood, Debby Sundbaum-Sommers
AMUSEMENTS is a 2,000 square foot exhibition of toys, games, trains, bicycles, dolls and more that appeals to adults and children alike.
In the Moreland Auditorium is the Philomath Open Studios exhibition, which showcases nine Benton County artists who are exhibiting their diverse media at the museum from November 12, 2010 through January 8, 2011.
With the acquisition of the Horner Collection in 2008, we have more than doubled the number of artifacts in our collections. Starting with “Horner Homecoming” in 2009 and “Can You Hear Me? Now?” in 2010, Mark Tolonen, Exhibitions Curator, and his team of dedicated volunteers have been developing thematic shows that illustrate the depth and breadth of the Society’s collections. Many of these artifacts have not been seen by the public since the Horner Museum at Oregon State University closed in 1993.
Admission is always free!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Randy Emberlin, well known Spider-man comic book artist and cartoon animator, is at the museum today to talk to middle school students about the art of comic books and animation. The students are familiar with many of his characters, such as Wonder Woman, Spider-man, Batman, G.I. Joe, Star Wars and many others. We're expecting 300 students to experience his multi-media presentations in the Moreland Auditorium.
This is also the final week of Earl Newman's colorful retrospective in the Moreland. The two artists' work complement each other, creating a very fun atmosphere. Randy is a jazz fan, and he was excited to see Earl's 2010 Monterey Jazz Festival poster.
What a pleasure it is to host such talented artists!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Samplers: Museum Exhibition of Historical & Contemporary Needlework
Benton County Historical Society presents a juried exhibition of hand stitched samplers, from March 11-April 30, 2011.
The museum will showcase some of its 18th and 19th century American samplers. To accompany these historic items, embroiderers, designers, and collectors are being asked to submit their creations for exhibition. These can be original historical samplers, original design contemporary samplers, reproductions of historic samplers, or samplers simply displaying a variety of stitches.
All must be hand embroidered. Typically, samplers can include mottoes, alphabets, landmarks, personalization, and a variety of other features. Samplers often (but not necessarily) incorporate a variety of stitches.
Look for submission deadlines and other details on the museum web site: www.bentoncountymuseum.org/samplers
Mary Brightwell Fitz Randolph
Born: May 27, 1813 in Redstone, PA
Married: March 1, 1831 to Strickler Forry (born about 1810 to Jacob and Samantha Forry)
Died: August 3, 1834 in Redstone, PA
Father: Stephan Fitz Randolph (born Feb 17, 1772 Perth Amboy, Middlesex, New Jersey to Thomas Fitz Randolph & Abigail Vail.
Married to Pamela Nutt on July 14, 1797 in Redstone, PA. Died 1849.)
Mother: Pamela (Permelia) Nutt (born April 10, 1780 in Redstone, PA to Adam Nutt and Tryphenia Ann Vernon. Died May 10, 1857.
Notes: Mary’s sampler has an alphabet, verse, and motifs that indicate it was stitched under the direction of a teacher who was a Quaker. She was 16 when she completed the sampler: the Quaker way of indicating age begins during the first year. At day 1, an infant is in the first year of his/her life. So, when someone is in the 17th year of their life, they are actually only 16.
Redstone, Fayette County, PA is about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, PA.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Earl Newman, who turned 80 this year, is an artist of national renown with much to celebrate. This year marks his 50th year as a self-employed professional artist and printmaker. Through the medium of silk-screen, also known as serigraphy, Newman has produced Monterey Jazz Festival posters every year since 1963. He also designs and prints posters for the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon State University Theater, and much more.
The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has collected the complete portfolio of Newman's signed and numbered Monterey Jazz Festival posters for their permanent collection. Other rare, out-of-print works are in the Benton County Museum collection.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Here is one of the thank you notes sent to our docents after a visit to a local school. Docent Marlene McDonald tells a very heart-touching story of survival on the Oregon Trail and a little girl named Patty Reed. This student was paying attention!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Mary Gallagher and her dedicated legion of volunteers are preparing art for storage in our new rolling compact storage unit. They are starting with national treasures made by Oregon artists through the Works Progress Administration (WPA) New Deal program. Darrel Austin's "Machine" is currently exhibited in our 30th anniversary exhibition (http://www.bentoncountymuseum.org/exhibitions/30). The rest of the WPA art is moving into comfortable new surroundings in the climate controlled Peter & Rosalie Johnson Collections Center.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Creation of this timeline was a team effort over the past two years. Thank you Marlene McDonald, Judy Juntunen, George Edmonston Jr., May Dasch, Mary Gallagher, Martha Fraundorf, Susan Christie, Aspen Padilla, Irene Zenev and Mark Tolonen!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Here we have an Oreodont skull (circa 4 - 48 million years old)!
Lower jaw and teeth of mastodon, unearthed at Newberg, Oregon.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Fifty-nine active volunteers donate over 4,000 hours yearly to the programs and activities of the Benton County Historical Society, almost double the state average of 33 volunteers donating just under 2,000 hours*!
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!
*Oregon Heritage Commission survey results 2010.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
The Students were accompanied by 2 teachers and 3 parents.
They were joined by 21 TAG students from Philomath who made the trip to Siletz last April.[Photo]The students were treated to a Philomath history presentation by Theresa Rybel, retired Philomath teacher.
The group was divided into 4 groups that were led by Museum docents Marlene McDonald, Judy Juntunen, Kate Mathews and Marcia Cutler. They explored 2 “history trunks”, the “Can You Hear Me? Now?” exhibition and a tour of the backroom artifact storage in the Collections Center.
Following lunch at PYAC the group was thrilled by a presentation by the high school forestry class out in the demonstration forest.
A great day for the kids funded by a grant from the Benton County Foundation.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The farmers and old timers who live in the shadow of Marys Peak instruct us to avoid planting tomatoes before the snow is melted from the Peak. This year we’ve gone all winter without snow, until now! So the forsythia and daffodils are almost done blooming, we’re on our second round of tulips, I for one am eager to plant the garden, and along came fresh snow on Marys Peak. Patiently, I’ll respect the elders and hold off planting tomatoes.
Volunteer Jim Micalek has been digitizing slides in our photograph archive and yesterday he made an interesting observation. He commented that we don’t have much snow in Benton County, so whenever it does snow everyone runs out and takes photographs. The result for historic record is a preponderance of snow photos that make it look like it’s frequently snowy here! I’m guilty, too, as I had to pause during my morning commute to take a quick photo of the beautifully frosted trees of Marys Peak.
Friday, March 12, 2010
The National Gold Medal Award is defined as "The most outstanding works in the nation."
From June 8-25, 2010, The World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery in New York City will showcase film, video, animation, writing, photography, painting, sculpture, fashion, drawing, graphic design and ceramics by emerging teenage artists recognized nationally through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These talented teenagers follow in the footsteps of Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Philip Pearlstein, David Salle, Robert Indiana, Tom Otterness and Zac Posen, who all won Awards when they were in high school.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Chic Cyclist is an international resource blog intended to promote elegant transportation cycling. Selected entries from the personal journal of Ethel Starr Mack of Benton County, Oregon, 1897 are in the Chic Cyclist blog at http://chiccyclist.blogspot.com/2009/12/historical-chic-cycling-treat.html. On a recent Saturday a Corvallis bicycle club visited our museum, taking advantage of our new bike rack!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
- Harris Covered Bridge by Anna Rose Petersen
- Peak, Oregon by Brooke Wendland
- W.S. Walker by Josephine York
- Phil-o-rink by Sage Forson
- Flossie Overman by katelynn Thrall
- Our Old House by Dustin Berry
- The Church of Latter-Day Saints by lauren Hindman
- Oregon State University by Jessica Hardenburger
- Peace Lutheran Church by Courtney Croy
- The Henkle Building by Simone Newell
- The Sheak House by Haylee Grimmer
- Calvin Presbyterian Church by Jordan Nelson
- The History of Benton County Historical Society by Madeline Lehman
- My Abode by Althea Hinds-Cook