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.
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!
Did you know that you can search the 1867-1932 McKenney, Langley and Polk Business Directories for free, from our web site? They emphasize Corvallis, Monroe, and Philomath, Oregon people and businesses. You can search for names, types of businesses and specific companies! Genealogists really find these books useful, so our volunteer archivist Walter retyped them for online use! http://www.bentoncountymuseum.org/research/directories.cfm
MISSION STATEMENT: The Benton County Historical Society is a nonprofit corporation that operates museum facilities for the preservation of history and culture. Its mission is to:
1. Preserve the material and intellectual culture of Benton County, Oregon, by acquiring and caring for significant collections that illustrate and interpret the history of the area and its relationship to the world;
2. Enrich people's lives through exhibitions and educational programs.