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.
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Last week Philip Balsiger of Allied Works sent a photo of drywall installation at the Corvallis Museum!
01/22/2019

Last week Philip Balsiger of Allied Works sent a photo of drywall installation at the Corvallis Museum!

#Circa1920 WWI photos and diary entries from U.S. troops in France are included in our blog entry this week: goo.gl/KLfV...
01/17/2019
Personal Recollections of WWI Military Service

#Circa1920 WWI photos and diary entries from U.S. troops in France are included in our blog entry this week: goo.gl/KLfVh3

This post will complete Don Beery's account of his military service, after his arrival in Le Havre, France. “January 4 [1918] – We l...

01/14/2019
Visit Corvallis

Visit Corvallis

If you're looking for indoor fun, visit The Arts Center - Corvallis, OR, the Benton County Museum, the Whiteside Theatre, Darkside Cinema and the Majestic Theatre!

An exhibition of paintings by Bill Shumway and Leslie Green, including collaborative images, are on display from Jan. 11...
01/10/2019

An exhibition of paintings by Bill Shumway and Leslie Green, including collaborative images, are on display from Jan. 11 - Feb. 16, 2019. Opening reception Jan. 11 from 5-6:30pm.

"Toast for the Old; Toast for the New" 1942 New Year's Eve Celebration at Camp Adair, #Corvallis, Benton County, #Oregon...
01/04/2019

"Toast for the Old; Toast for the New" 1942 New Year's Eve Celebration at Camp Adair, #Corvallis, Benton County, #OregonHeritage

Bring your kids or grandkids to the Benton County Museum on closing day of Kathy Deggendorfer’s art exhibition on Satu...
12/28/2018

Bring your kids or grandkids to the Benton County Museum on closing day of Kathy Deggendorfer’s art exhibition on Saturday, December 29th to make an origami boat or a carp kite. This Saturday you can make an origami boat or a small carp kite, inspired by Kathy's coastal scenes! Materials will be provided in the gallery. Take your projects home as a memento!

Woodrow Wilson’s December 1918 trip to England was the first time a President of the United States had visited a forei...
12/27/2018
Woodrow Wilson's Visit to England

Woodrow Wilson’s December 1918 trip to England was the first time a President of the United States had visited a foreign country while in office. Read about it in our blog: http://goo.gl/wzw2kc

Although the Armistice of World War I ended the fighting, the peace treaty still needed to be negotiated and signed. President Woodrow W...

We would like to wish all our members and supporters a happy holiday season.If you're visiting with friends and family, ...
12/22/2018

We would like to wish all our members and supporters a happy holiday season.

If you're visiting with friends and family, bring your guests to the museum in Philomath.

Admission is free!

The museum will be open
Saturday, December 22nd
and Wednesday through Saturday
December 26-29, 2018
from 10 am to 4:30 pm

The museum is closed Sundays and Mondays and Christmas Day.

"Busy beavers" Benny & Bruce buy books at Benton County Museum! Happy Holidays! (animals not for sale)
12/21/2018

"Busy beavers" Benny & Bruce buy books at Benton County Museum! Happy Holidays! (animals not for sale)

Christmas greeting cards from the archive at Benton County Museum are featured in our blog this week, #Circa1920: goo.gl...
12/20/2018

Christmas greeting cards from the archive at Benton County Museum are featured in our blog this week, #Circa1920: goo.gl/yU9MnV

Sick Town Derby Dames
12/19/2018

Sick Town Derby Dames

Happy (belated) Roller Derby Monday! Today we want to share the history of our roller rink with you!

In October 2013, we purchased the historic skating rink north of Corvallis formerly known as the Lake Park Roller Rink.

The rink was built in 1923 and is the third oldest roller rink in the Pacific Northwest, according to Benton County historical resources survey. The building is unique due to a special zoning overlay that restricts its use to alcohol-free skating and dancing only. The roller rink has been a part of so many lives. From Corvallis to Monmouth to Salem, community members all have stories about the rink.

The rink is 95 years young!

12/18/2018
The World Is Better Because Of Museums

Museum professionals from across the globe share personal stories about how museums play a vital role in society and can have a powerful, positive impact in the lives of the individuals and greater communities they serve. https://youtu.be/5EE5oj42_w0

Museum professionals from across the globe share personal stories about how museums play a vital role in society and can have a powerful, positive impact in ...

Our artifact collection includes some toys that were given as Christmas gifts. See them in our weekly blog by Martha goo...
12/13/2018
Christmas Toys: Featured Artifacts

Our artifact collection includes some toys that were given as Christmas gifts. See them in our weekly blog by Martha goo.gl/f5914p

It's the time of year when people are busy shopping for holiday gifts. What did children of the Circa 1920 era receive as Christmas gif...

12/11/2018
Visit Corvallis

Visit Corvallis

Take a drive along scenic Highway 34 from Corvallis to the Pacific Coast.

12/10/2018
Mario Andretti: Racing Royalty | World of Speed Exhibit Coming March 2019

World of Speed USA Motorsports Museum, in Wilsonville, Oregon is proud to announce a new featured exhibit coming in March 2019. Mario Andretti: Racing Royalty will feature a variety of cars raced by Mario Andretti. For more information, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F087X3XmdHE

World of Speed Motorsports Museum is proud to announce a new featured exhibit coming in March 2019. Mario Andretti: Racing Royalty will feature a variety of ...

Save the Washington Park and Zoo Railway
12/10/2018
Save the Washington Park and Zoo Railway

Save the Washington Park and Zoo Railway

In 1958 the Washington Park and Zoo Railway was born and a regional treasure opened to the public.

I need your help because the Oregon Zoo, a service of Metro, and the City of Portland have decided to destroy this regional treasure and the magic of the Washington Park and Zoo Railway. In the Washington Park Master Plan they've decided to ignore 60 years of history and countless comments to repair the Washington Park and Zoo Railway by turning it into a café and 12' paved "multi-use" path.

As many of you know, in 2013, the main Washington Park route was damaged. It went from a magical 30 minute ride through the forest to the Rose Garden and back to a sad 6 minute ride that goes straight out, around a trestle, and back. Over the years hundreds of comment cards have been turned in with complaints asking Oregon Zoo to fix the full route. Community members continued their outcry to save the Washington Park and Zoo Railway on March 15th, 2018 during City of Portland public testimony, where they overwhelming disapproved with the City's plan to destroy the rail in favor of a 12' paved path. The community wants the full route repaired so their children and grandchildren can experience the magic they remember from their childhood when they rode the Washington Park and Zoo Railway. What we have now is a disappointment that does not inspire the hearts and memories of children but instead breaks the hearts of the parents and grandparents who desired a unique opportunity to a shared treasured experience with a different generation.

I can tell you with 100% conviction that if the City of Portland and Metro had worked with the staff of the Oregon Zoo, they could have easily raised the money and fixed the full route years ago by simply asking patrons to donate what they could towards the cause. I can tell you with 100% conviction that if the City of Portland and Metro asked the community to fundraise the money, the community would fund raise the money. I myself on March 15th, 2018, gave public testimony to the City of Portland Council that I'd be willing to start a Non-profit and do the fundraising for them. It went ignored but that offer still stands.

If you're interested in saving the regional treasure that is the Washington Park and Zoo Railway, please sign this petition, "like" our page, and share both far and wide. A treasure is about to be destroyed but we can still save it.

The Moose raffle fundraiser continues at The Toy Factory until Dec. 16th. Thank you for your support!
12/10/2018

The Moose raffle fundraiser continues at The Toy Factory until Dec. 16th. Thank you for your support!

Visit The Toy Factory and get a chance to win Moose prizes galore! Tickets available at the store until December 16th.
The Toy Factory has donated a 3 1/2 foot tall plush moose and a $25 Toy Factory gift certificate. Also included is a plethora of moose books,toys, DVDs and games. There's a small plush moose, a hand-knit moose cap, and moose cookie cutter, moose tote bags, Harry & David Moose Munch and a one-year dual membership to the Benton County Historical Society, too. It's a moose-full of fun! https://www.thetoyfactory.us

Phil Coleman will be the "Featured Artist" at Art in the Valley Gallery(10 - 5:30 most days, 209 SW 2nd Street, just up ...
12/07/2018

Phil Coleman will be the "Featured Artist" at Art in the Valley Gallery
(10 - 5:30 most days, 209 SW 2nd Street, just up the street from New Morning Bakery, Corvallis), December 4 through January 5. His theme is "The Wonder of Wings" with photos of winged creatures: birds, bees and butterflies. A reception will take place during Corvallis Art Walk,Thursday, Dec 20th 4-8pm.

CAG member Phil Coleman is the featured artist at Art In The Valley Gallery for the month of December. Be sure to stop down to the gallery and check out his amazing show titled: The Wonder of Wings

Images of nature's amazing winged creations, great and small, that fly through the air or sea.

"I photograph many things – people and places, landscapes and animals, flowers and abstracts – but for this exhibit, I concentrate on some of nature's creations that can fly, most in the air but a few, like penguins, in the ocean. Constrained as we are by gravity, we can only imagine how amazing the 3-dimensional world must be for birds and “bugs.” With the photographs that I present here, I want to show the wonderful diversity of these natural “airplanes,” small to large, drab to outrageously colorful, rather ugly to quite handsome. Some are shown in flight, some at rest. All see and navigate the world in ways that we can only approximate with our limited technology." Phil Coleman

Art in the Valley is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10-5:30. For the holiday season, they will be extending their hours to include Sundays from 11am-3pm and Mondays, Dec 10, 17, and 24th from 10am-5:30pm.

Phil's featured artist reception will be during the Corvallis Arts Walk on Dec 20 from 4-8pm. It's a great opportunity to stop by and chat with Phil about his work.

For more information about Phil and his work:
http://www.philcolemanphotography.com
Facebook: Phil Coleman Photography

Arts, Artists, Artwork
12/06/2018

Arts, Artists, Artwork

With Christmas fast approaching, consider buying someone special something special. A one-of-a-kind artwork created by your favorite artist.

Reconstruction Aide Harriet Forest Moore is featured in our blog this week: goo.gl/k5upr2.  #Circa1920
12/06/2018
Reconstruction Aide Harriet Moore

Reconstruction Aide Harriet Forest Moore is featured in our blog this week: goo.gl/k5upr2. #Circa1920

B utton from a Reconstruction Aid uniform of 1918-1920. In 1917, Congress required that all veterans from World War I receive rehabil...

We had a guest bell-ringer last night at the Philomath Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at Benton County Museum.
12/04/2018

We had a guest bell-ringer last night at the Philomath Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at Benton County Museum.

Rachael Oehler is working with silver solder and brass to create supportive mounts for artifacts in the first exhibition...
12/03/2018

Rachael Oehler is working with silver solder and brass to create supportive mounts for artifacts in the first exhibitions at the Corvallis Museum.

The Philomath annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting is almost here! Join us on Monday evening at the museum in Philom...
11/30/2018

The Philomath annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting is almost here! Join us on Monday evening at the museum in Philomath!

The Toy Factory
11/30/2018

The Toy Factory

Join us in supporting the Assistance League. The Corvallis Assistance League, in cooperation with Corvallis downtown merchants, invites you to join us for a magical evening of shopping, food, drink, raffles and a Silent Auction, all taking place under the tent on Madison Avenue. Our store will be open until 9 pm so that you can use your Winter's Eve coupons.

Visit The Toy Factory and get a chance to win Moose prizes galore! Tickets available at the store until December 16th.Th...
11/30/2018

Visit The Toy Factory and get a chance to win Moose prizes galore! Tickets available at the store until December 16th.
The Toy Factory has donated a 3 1/2 foot tall plush moose and a $25 Toy Factory gift certificate. Also included is a plethora of moose books,toys, DVDs and games. There's a small plush moose, a hand-knit moose cap, and moose cookie cutter, moose tote bags, Harry & David Moose Munch and a one-year dual membership to the Benton County Historical Society, too. It's a moose-full of fun! https://www.thetoyfactory.us

A history of the Corvallis train depot is now on our blog! goo.gl/pgcZFK
11/29/2018
Corvallis Train Depot History

A history of the Corvallis train depot is now on our blog! goo.gl/pgcZFK

I'm always amazed by the process of moving an entire building to a new site. That act seems even more amazing when the building is not...

Papa’s Pizza is hosting a PIZZA DAY fundraiser at CORVALLIS PAPA’S PIZZA for the Corvallis Museum. Bring this flyer ...
11/28/2018

Papa’s Pizza is hosting a PIZZA DAY fundraiser at CORVALLIS PAPA’S PIZZA for the Corvallis Museum.

Bring this flyer into Papa’s Pizza on December 5th and the organization will receive 50% of the value of the food you purchase! You also have the choice of purchasing Fundraiser Bucks that are good for all future purchases. These Bucks will earn 25% of their value for BCHS.

Please come into Papa’s and help us out!
With your support on December 5, 2018 we can have a really successful fundraiser!
Beverages and delivery orders are excluded.
These flyers cannot be distributed at Papa’s Pizza.
This fundraiser flyer is valid ALL DAY only on specified date.

Celebrate #GivingTuesday, today, November 27, 2018! Please consider kicking off your holiday giving season with an end-o...
11/27/2018
Support Benton County Historical Society and Museum!

Celebrate #GivingTuesday, today, November 27, 2018!
Please consider kicking off your holiday giving season with an end-of-year charitable gift on #GivingTuesday. Thank you!
https://benton-county-historical-society.networkforgood.com/

Be part of the BCHS and help bring great programming to our community. Support our mission to preserve regional cultural heritage and art,making it accessible through lectures, exhibitions, research, school tours, and preservation of the museum collection.

Since 1951, the Benton County Historical Society has been saving local history and culture. From preserving the historic Philomath College building to saving the former Oregon State University Horner museum collection, the Society continues to mak...

Bring your kids or grandkids to the gallery on Saturday, November 24th to make a sheep, inspired by the art exhibition "...
11/21/2018

Bring your kids or grandkids to the gallery on Saturday, November 24th to make a sheep, inspired by the art exhibition "Painting Oregon's Harvest: the art of Kathy Deggendorfer"
.
On four special Saturdays in November and December, kids can create their own whimsical craft, inspired by Deggendorfer's artwork.
December crafts to be announced.

The first project on Saturday, November 24th is
"Make your own Sheep"
Materials will be provided in the gallery.
Take your sheep home as a memento!

This traveling exhibit was curated by the High Desert Museum.

Thanksgiving greetings!  Benton County Museum will be open on Friday and Saturday this week (closed only on Thanksgiving...
11/20/2018

Thanksgiving greetings! Benton County Museum will be open on Friday and Saturday this week (closed only on Thanksgiving day).

Read a history of Oregon's "Civil War" football rivalry: goo.gl/g87Kaz
11/20/2018
Oregon "Civil War" Football History

Read a history of Oregon's "Civil War" football rivalry: goo.gl/g87Kaz

On Friday, November 23, 2018, Oregon State University football team will play the University of Oregon for the 122 nd time. Oregon...

The story of Oregon Apple Day #OnThisDay in 1915 goo.gl/uSkPZ1
11/15/2018

The story of Oregon Apple Day #OnThisDay in 1915 goo.gl/uSkPZ1

Lane County History Museum
11/15/2018

Lane County History Museum

#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth - Eliza Young (c. 1820-1923) stands outside her home in Brownsville around 1910. She was an elder in the Kalapuya Tribe, renowned for her abilities as a basket maker. She lost her eyesight late in life, but continued to make baskets.

In 1923 when Young was thought to be around 100 years old, local newspapers ran a story that incorrectly identified her as “The Last of the Calapooyas.” At that time there were at least 1000 Kalapuya people living in the Willamette Valley, and there are over 4000 who live here today. (GN8079)

#lanecountyhistorymuseum #lanecountyhistory #lanecounty #oldphoto #blackandwhitephotography #oregonhistory #nativeamerican #nativeamericans #nativeamericanwomen #kalapuya

Address

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

General information

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

Telephone

(541) 929-6230

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