Celebrating the history and culture of Benton County, Oregon

History of the Maypole


The sun shines. Temperatures rise. Flowers bloom.  Spring has arrived.  For centuries, this event has been a cause for celebration.  In many cultures this took

featured museum artifact lantern slide projector

Lantern Slide Projector

A visitor to our Johnson Collections Center saw the object in the photograph on the shelf and asked me “What is that?” I didn’t know

Skate key featured museum artifact

What Is It?

If you were a child during the 1950s to 1970s, you probably had one of these. If you were born after that, you may wonder

Sign from Jim the Fix'r shop at Corvallis, Oregon, on display at Benton County Historical Society's Corvallis Museum

Featured Artifact: Jim The Fix’r sign

This neon sign is on exhibit in the entry hall of the Corvallis Museum. Originally, the sign indicated the site of the Jim the Fix’r

Philomath College building

Philomath College Campus

At the time Governor Hatfield used the pen described in the previous story, Oregon State University was the only institution in Benton County that awarded

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