We have combined historical and contemporary photos from our museum archive with brief descriptions from the "Benton County Cultural Resources Inventory" and GoogleMaps technology to create a unique interactive map of Benton County cemeteries. We hope this will be interesting and useful for researchers and museum visitors.
Special thanks go to Susan Christie for her technological skills, editing abilities, and perseverance!
We’re enjoying great success with our current exhibition called "Samplers International: A world of needlework", which showcases historical and contemporary samplers from United States, Mexico, England, Scotland, France, and Scandinavia that were stitched between 1747 and 2011.
“Samplers International” may be viewed in the 2,400 square foot Moreland Auditorium at the Benton County Museum through April 30, 2011. On display are more than seventy unique needlework samplers, on loan from museums and individuals across the United States. Most of the samplers have never before been exhibited. A printed catalog and web page at bentoncountymuseum.org will document the exhibition.
Historic schoolgirl samplers are from the collections of the Benton County Museum, Bush House Museum, Seaside Museum, Lynne Anderson, Nancy Tonkin, Be Davison Herrera, Queenstown Sampler Designs, and other members of the Sampler Consortium. Contemporary samplers were stitched by Walter Frankel, Kimberly Hart, Freda Merrick Herendeen, Be Davison Herrera, Judy Juntunen, Kristen McHuron-Guss, Leone Bowman Nicholson, Susan Patterson, Judith Roberts, Karen Skjei, Joyce Skogen, Frances Stilwell, Amelia Tolonen, Freda Vars, and Merrie Ziady.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 4:30. Admission is always free!
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.