Mission: The benton county historical society & museum and its approximate 400 member-households are committed to preserving the region's cultural heritage and promoting a love of history. The society strives to collect, preserve, research, interpret, exhibit and publish materials related to the history of benton county, oregon.
Programs: The benton county historical society provided museum services, exhibitions, educational programs and cultural resource management for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of benton county, oregon citizens and visitors. The exhibitions program attracted 7,890 visitors during the fiscal year. Educational programs included guided tours for 370 school children and eight off-site visits for 381 adults and children. Forty on-site researchers used the society's research library archive and collections, and over 500 electronic inquiries were answered.
For more than 20 years, I've been a weekly volunteer at the Benton County Historical Museum in Philomath, Oregon. It's because of what I've seen and heard there during that time that my husband and I have chosen to support the Museum as legacy donors.
I've seen visitors from around the country beam as they emerge from the Museum's research library, having discovered diaries, journals, photos of their ancestors. I've seen classes of schoolchildren swarm the gallery, all talking at once, and all talking about the exhibits. I've seen local artists excited to have a place to show their work.
I've heard visitors say that they always visit local historical museums in their travels and that "this place is much more than the usual historical museum". I've heard one visitor tell another, "This place is a jewel!"