Benton County Museum

Benton County Museum Dedicated to the preservation of history and culture.
The BCHS&M hosts diverse art and history exhibitions in two galleries at the Philomath, Oregon, museum campus. The Moreland Auditorium serves as both a fine art gallery and a tasteful community gathering venue.

Mid-19th century bank notes are the current featured museum artifacts in this week's blog post:
05/16/2019
19th Century Bank Notes

Mid-19th century bank notes are the current featured museum artifacts in this week's blog post:

These bank notes from the Benton County Historical Museum's documents collection are worn and shabby, which is not too surprising as the...

On May 17, 1877 construction of what was to become the Oregon Pacific Railroad began. The line went from Corvallis to Ya...
05/16/2019

On May 17, 1877 construction of what was to become the Oregon Pacific Railroad began. The line went from Corvallis to Yaquina City, just east of Newport.

This circa 1885 illustration of the F. A. Horning Farm and Residence by J. T. Pickett, was printed by A. G. Walling, Lithographer, Portland, Or. and printed in "History of Benton County, Oregon" by David D. Fagan.

Historic Map Overlays -- Try It Today!
05/15/2019
Historic Map Overlays -- Try It Today!

Historic Map Overlays -- Try It Today!

Explorable historic maps displayed over current basemap imagery. Thank you for continued support to improve and expand this tool.

No gefilte here, but there's plenty Jewish at the first academic conference on Phish. Beginning Friday, May 17, Oregon S...
05/15/2019
No Gefilte Here, But There’s Plenty Jewish At The First Academic Conference On Phish

No gefilte here, but there's plenty Jewish at the first academic conference on Phish. Beginning Friday, May 17, Oregon State University will host the first ever academic conference on the jam band Phish, a rock quartet formed at Vermont’s Goddard College and known for its virtuosic improvisation, legendary concerts and devoted following. One of the panels will be devoted exclusively to Phish and the Jews. The Forward Philosophy School of Phish PhanArt School of History, Philosophy, & Religion Block 15 Brewing Co. Phish.net Benton County Museum

For many of Phish’s Jewish fans, both devout and nonobservant, the band plays a large role in individual spiritual development.

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05/08/2019

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Heard this morning on KLCC :A weekend-long academic conference will be held at OSU May 17th through the 19th.Phish Studi...
05/06/2019
First-Ever Phish Conference Coming To OSU

Heard this morning on KLCC :
A weekend-long academic conference will be held at OSU May 17th through the 19th.
Phish Studies Conference Philosophy School of Phish PhanArt School of History, Philosophy, & Religion The Phishsonian Institute - Documenting Phish: Note by Note. Block 15 Brewing Co. Phish.net Benton County Museum

If you’ve ever yearned to discuss the scholarly aspects of the rock band, Phish, Oregon State University will accommodate.

Rich Bergeman's photography exhibition "The Land Remembers" opens May 10th. Please join us for an opening reception Frid...
05/01/2019

Rich Bergeman's photography exhibition "The Land Remembers" opens May 10th. Please join us for an opening reception Friday, May 10, from 5-6:30pm

This web page includes links to maps of Corvallis public art:
04/27/2019
Visit Corvallis

This web page includes links to maps of Corvallis public art:

We're looking forward to a lovely spring weekend. Spend a little of it exploring our public art!

Iowa museum's tattoo history exhibition:
04/26/2019
Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Iowa museum's tattoo history exhibition:

For more than 5,000 years, tattoos have been used to document the history of humanity one painful, artistic mark at a time. Spanning cultures & continents, tattooing has adorned European nobility & Native Americans, celebrities & Scandinavian sailors, punks & presidents. Opening night Tattoo: Identity Through Ink at Vesterheim will feature an exclusive Valkyrie Strike IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. & live tattooing in the gallery with award-winning local tattoo artist Brock of Brock's Tattoo. Vesterheim thanks sponsor Nick and Courtney Rowley.
#Vesterheim #BrocksTattoo #TopplingGolliathGallery #jurytriallawyer
#LarsKrutak

Reclaiming the Long Tom River: story photos and video from Monroe, Benton County, Oregon. http://bit.ly/2IHHCuC  @regist...
04/25/2019
Monroe may reap rewards from a Long Tom River revival

Reclaiming the Long Tom River: story photos and video from Monroe, Benton County, Oregon. http://bit.ly/2IHHCuC @registerguard #Monroe #Oregon #LongTomRiver @DylanJDarling

MONROE — Young salmon and other native fish used to swim up the Long Tom River, feeding and growing before heading downstream again toward the

#nationalvolunteermonth at Benton County Museum is the topic of this blog post.  Thank you volunteers!
04/25/2019
National Volunteer Month

#nationalvolunteermonth at Benton County Museum is the topic of this blog post. Thank you volunteers!

April is National Volunteer Month so in this post, I'd like to describe what some of the volunteers at the Benton County Historical Soci...

Trashy Panda
04/24/2019

Trashy Panda

Gilkey's photography exhibition opens April 29th at the Fairbanks Gallery of Art at Oregon State University
04/24/2019
Exhibition of work by late NPR photojournalist David Gilkey on display at OSU

Gilkey's photography exhibition opens April 29th at the Fairbanks Gallery of Art at Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Work by David Gilkey, an NPR photojournalist killed while on assignment in Afghanistan in 2016, will be on display April 29 through May 23 in the Fairbanks Galley at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The exhibition, “Reporters Without Borders and Pictures on the Radio Prese...

PhanArt reception at OSU Memorial Union, Friday May 17, 2019
04/17/2019

PhanArt reception at OSU Memorial Union, Friday May 17, 2019

Join us for the opening reception of "Below the Moss Forgotten: Phish in the Pacific Northwest" on Friday, May 17, at 6:30pm. Presented by Oregon State University's School of History, Philosophy, & Religion, PhanArt, The Phishsonian Institute - Documenting Phish: Note by Note., and Benton County Museum. The pop-up museum exhibit will run in conjunction with the 2019 Phish Studies Conference.

Learn more about the exhibit on the conference website: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/phish2019/below-the-moss-forgotten-phish-in-the-pacific-northwest/

Special thanks to Stephen Olker Photography for permission to use his incredible photo of the Gorge Amphitheater in our reception invitation.

Sharing Allied Works Architecture's tweet:
04/17/2019

Sharing Allied Works Architecture's tweet:

04/12/2019
On the Dining Car Out West

Richard Engeman's 2019 lecture at Benton County Museum "On the Dining Car Out West" about railway dining is now available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/4WqC3wDQhmo

Historian Richard Engeman delivers a talk about the dining car experience on railroad trains in thew West. His lecture is illustrated by menus, post cards, a...

The Benton County Historical Society is proud to host the 37th annual Art: The Fourth ‘R’ exhibition, celebrating Ph...
04/08/2019

The Benton County Historical Society is proud to host the 37th annual Art: The Fourth ‘R’ exhibition, celebrating Philomath School District 17j student art through May 4, 2019.
This annual exhibition has been held in the elegant museum auditorium for over thirty years showcasing recent artwork by Philomath School district students K-12, including Blodgett and Kings Valley Charter School. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 4:30. Admission is always free!

Thank you Philomath Community Library for another great Storytime at the Museum last week. 15 kids and 8 adults attended...
04/01/2019

Thank you Philomath Community Library for another great Storytime at the Museum last week. 15 kids and 8 adults attended. Trees were the theme (to complement the exhibition photos) and they made some toilet paper roll trees to take home!

Call to Artists: Umpqua Valley Arts Association present the 2019 Artworks Northwest: a juried art exhibit.
04/01/2019
Umpqua Valley Arts Association

Call to Artists: Umpqua Valley Arts Association present the 2019 Artworks Northwest: a juried art exhibit.

UVAA is proud to announce that our juror for this year's Artworks Northwest is Danielle Knapp!

The deadline to apply is April 5th.

Click this link to go to CaFe and apply: https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=6229

About the juror:
Danielle M. Knapp is the McCosh Curator at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon in Eugene. In addition to managing the David John and Anne Kutka McCosh Memorial Collection and Archive, she oversees the museum’s initiatives in North American (with focus on Pacific Northwest) and European Art, including exhibitions, publications, and acquisitions. Knapp holds degrees in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Oregon and Eastern Washington University. She has organized exhibitions of the work of Keith Achepohl, Mark Clarke, Margaret Coe, Morris Graves, Clay Lohmann, David McCosh, and Lucinda Parker, among others.Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain, a retrospective exhibition co-curated with JSMA executive director Jill Hartz in 2015, will travel to ten venues through 2020; its exhibition catalog is currently available is in its third printing through Heyday Press. Most recently, Knapp collaborated with the George D. Green Art Institute to present works by 45 artists in the group exhibition Visual Magic: An Oregon Invitational (on view at the JSMA through May 12, 2019).

Farrier W.W. Gage shoes an ox for the Gage Logging Operation in 1894, at Allegany, Coos County, Oregon.
03/23/2019

Farrier W.W. Gage shoes an ox for the Gage Logging Operation in 1894, at Allegany, Coos County, Oregon.

This week our blog features Horner Museum supporters Ira and Edith Gillet: goo.gl/fc329F
03/21/2019
Ira and Edith Gillet: Horner Museum supporters

This week our blog features Horner Museum supporters Ira and Edith Gillet: goo.gl/fc329F

As I was reading through local newspapers in preparation for the Circa 1920 exhibition, a story “Gillets En Route to Africa” from the Da...

Do you have photos from the H Bar H dude ranch? “Forget your cares – pack your kit and come to the H Bar H Ranch…t...
03/20/2019

Do you have photos from the H Bar H dude ranch? “Forget your cares – pack your kit and come to the H Bar H Ranch…this desirable recreation area situated 11 miles from Corvallis and 96 miles from Portland” at Wren, Benton County, Oregon. This brochure was printed around 1945. Today this ranch is home of Lumos Wine Co.

Weekend art classes scheduled at The Arts Center - Corvallis, OR :
03/19/2019

Weekend art classes scheduled at The Arts Center - Corvallis, OR :

Good morning, everyone. What a lovely day! Let’s dance, let’s play, let’s draw together! Time is golden when making art. Come to join our painting classes, learn new tips and skills you can use the rest of your life.

Our two teaching artists, Mary McDermott, and Celia Anderson, have designed workshops just for you.

Drawing with Mary McDermott
Sundays, March 24-April 14, 2019, 12:00-2:00 pm
No experience necessary! Just come, learn or refresh and practice drawing together.
$100 for 4 classes. Registered here: https://secure.theartscenter.net/eventReg.jsp?event=4126
More information: https://theartscenter.net/drawing-with-mary-mcdermott/

Intro to Soft Pastels with Ceilia Anderson
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 9 am-3 pm
Sunday, April 28, 2019, 1-3pm
In this 2-Day workshop, you will learn how to use this unique medium to create compositions of ordinary objects and landscapes.
$160 for both days. Register here: https://secure.theartscenter.net/eventReg.jsp?event=4121&
More information: https://theartscenter.net/intro-to-soft-pastels-with-celia-anderson/

A limited number of spaces available for both classes. Register today!

Photo by Zi Li (Lily) 李子

Oregon Encyclopedia
03/19/2019

Oregon Encyclopedia

One of The OE's most prolific authors, Gerald W. Williams, has passed away. He was the national historian for the USDA Forest Service and the recreation research director for the City of Eugene. He worked for the Forest Service on the Umpqua National Forest and the Willamette National Forest, and was an adjunct staff member with Grey Towers National Historic Landmark. He was chief historian for the Forest Service, led the national history program, and was editor of History Line. Jerry retired from the Forest Service in 2005 and was elected as a distinguished Fellow of the Forest History Society in 2015. He collected hundreds of photographs, film, and materials connected to Oregon's forestry history, which he donated to OSU's Special Collections and Archives for public use. He wrote a dozen entries for The Oregon Encyclopedia and was a long-time supporter of public history. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Mr. Williams for his extraordinary contribution to our understanding of Oregon's history, and we wish his family well.

National Forests in Oregon, 1892 to 1933, By Gerald W. Williams

https://oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/national_forests_in_oregon_1892_to_1933/#.XJAL9hNKj-Y

Philosophy School of Phish
03/18/2019

Philosophy School of Phish

Oregon State University, with PhanArt and the The Phishsonan Institute - Documenting Phish: Note by Note., is proud to present “Below The Moss Forgotten: Phish in the Pacific Northwest.” This new museum exhibit traces the group’s growth in the region from colleges and small clubs beginning in 1991 to the biennial gatherings at the Gorge that draw people from around the world as recently as 2018. Using a mixture of promotional materials collected by the Phishsonian and fan-created artwork from the PhanArt Archive, feel the journey of Rolling Stone magazine’s “Most Important Band of the 90s” from the I-5 corridor to the Inland Northwest. One weekend only at the Memorial Union on the Oregon State Campus, coinciding with the first-ever Phish Studies academic conference. In conjunction with the Benton County Museum, School of History, Philosophy, & Religion, and Philosophy School of Phish.

For more information, including how you can support the event, visit: http://www.phanart.net/phish-in-the-pacific-northwest-exhibit-to-be-featured-at-oregon-state-university-phish-studies-conference/

A Stylaster sanguineus Coelenterates coral from Samoa is the featured artifact in this week's museum blog post: goo.gl/t...
03/14/2019
Coral Specimen in Museum Collection

A Stylaster sanguineus Coelenterates coral from Samoa is the featured artifact in this week's museum blog post: goo.gl/tZZLQ6

The Horner Museum's natural history specimens, including rocks such as those described in the last post, come in all sizes. One which ...

03/13/2019
To Catch a Thief--International Art Thief and the FBI

“To Catch a Thief—Part Two: International Art Theft and the FBI” was the Benton Lecture on Monday, March 11, 2019 at Benton County Museum. The current Benton County Fairgrounds director, Lynne McKee, served for 8 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s first Rapid Deploy Art Crime Team. Lynne will share more stories of illicit trafficking in stolen artwork through actual FBI cases and undercover operations. Video by Craig Hamnquist.

https://youtu.be/k0UdjtzwcMI

“To Catch a Thief—Part Two: International Art Theft and the FBI” lecture at Benton County Museum on Monday, March 11, 2019. The current Benton County Fairgro...

03/12/2019
Oregon Museums Association

Oregon Museums Association

OMA 2019 Spring Workshop
Danger! Handling Hazardous Materials

Monday, May 13, 2019
9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Presenters:
* Joseph Govednik, Director, Cowlitz County Historical Museum
* Sarah Samson, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Renton History Museum

Location: Benton County Historical Society Museum, 1101 Main Street, Philomath, OR

Registration opens soon!

https://www.oregonmuseums.org/2019-Spring-Workshop

03/12/2019
Our Vampires, Ourselves

Dr. Benita Blessing's lecture was recorded on March 4, 2019 at Benton County Historical Museum and it's now available on YouTube, thanks to volunteer Craig Hamnquist: https://youtu.be/AaiC6V3jz34

Dr. Benita Blessing discusses the vampire character and metaphor. Who are they? What are they? Why do they still "live" among us? In this fun and informative...

Capt. George Vancouver observed the woolly dogs near Seattle in 1792, writing that they were “all shorn as close to th...
03/11/2019
Hair from extinct B.C. woolly dog found in old Coast Salish blanket

Capt. George Vancouver observed the woolly dogs near Seattle in 1792, writing that they were “all shorn as close to the skin as sheep” with hair that could be “lifted up by the corner without causing any separation.”

Dogged detective work — and a small tear — have led researchers to a remarkable discovery in a Coast Salish blanket that may have been woven around the time of Canadian confederation 15…

The Arts Center - Corvallis, OR
03/07/2019

The Arts Center - Corvallis, OR

The Benton County Health Dept is hosting a poster contest for youth to create posters about Problem Gambling Awareness. Deadline is March 29. FMI: here re the posters with details and sign-up form.

Crater Lake National Park
03/07/2019

Crater Lake National Park

The two story Rim Village Cafe and Gift Shop "peeks" out through the snow.

NPS photo by Emily Hunter 3/2/2019

How museums are stepping up exhibition design
03/05/2019
How museums are stepping up exhibition design

How museums are stepping up exhibition design

A wave of innovative exhibition design has graced our museums in recent years. What are the keys to holding the viewer’s gaze?

Where was this photo taken? It's from an undated glass plate negative.
03/04/2019

Where was this photo taken? It's from an undated glass plate negative.

Photos from the archive at Benton County Historical Society
03/04/2019

Photos from the archive at Benton County Historical Society

More history about Corvallis' movie theaters, Circa 1920: goo.gl/DempTi
02/22/2019
Corvallis Cinema Business Circa 1920

More history about Corvallis' movie theaters, Circa 1920: goo.gl/DempTi

During 1919, the Majestic Theatre not only showed the movies listed in the last post but also hosted events such as an OAC style show, a...

Address

1101 Main St (PO Box 35)
Philomath, OR
97370

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Free Admission! (Donations accepted and appreciated)

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:30
Thursday 10:00 - 16:30
Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Saturday 10:00 - 16:30

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(541) 929-6230

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