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Celebrating the history and culture of Benton County, Oregon

Corvallis Fall Festiva

Corvallis Fall Festival 50th Anniversary

This coming weekend (September 23-24, 2023), the Corvallis Fall Festival will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The event was created in 1973 by the Chamber of

Demolition of the Hout house, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Labor Day Reflections

Labor Day was last Monday (September 4, 2023).  These photographs from the museum’s collection show Benton County workers from different periods in our history.   Carpentry

Willamette Grange 150th Anniversary

On August 19, 2023, the Willamette Grange #52 celebrated its 150th anniversary and the 100th birthday of its grange hall.  In 1873, 30 people from

orvallis Fire Department Portrait Young America Engine Company, No. 1

Corvallis Fire Department

The 2023 Water Works exhibition at the Benton County Historical Society’s Philomath Museum explores the many ways we use water. Extinguishing fires became an important

Featured Artifacts: Spats

Holiday time has often meant events such as concerts, parties, and weddings. Until the late 1920s, a well-dressed man attending these events would need these

Passing of the Umbrella

The current exhibition at the Benton County Historical Society’s Philomath Museum, Water Works, looks at the sources and uses of water in our lives.  Rain

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