Celebrating the history and culture of Benton County, Oregon

1902 map of Benton County, Oregon

Vanished Towns of Benton County, Oregon

The map above, one of many in the historical society’s collection, dates from 1902.  Some parts look familiar, such as the rivers and highway 20. 

Featured artifact: Erasers

These objects from the museum’s collection have something in common.  All are or have erasers. The first photograph shows pencil top erasers provided to the 2000

Father's Day historical perspective from Benton County, Oregon, USA

Father’s Day

June 16 is Father’s Day.  The idea of a day on which to honor one’s father and fathers in general was first proposed by Sonora

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

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