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Washington County Historical Society and Museum (Portland, OR 97229)
Samuel W. Shogren (Project Director: May 2014 to December 2014)
Karen Lange (Project Director: December 2014 to present)

Preserving Washington County Museum's Humanities Collection

The purchase of four flat file storage cabinets to preserve the Washington County Museum’s collection of oversized, two-dimensional works on paper, including Donation Land Claim and railroad maps, World War II bond posters, photographs, fine art, and other historical materials dating from 1840 to the present.  Together with their archival and artifact collections, these materials form the base for exhibits to 8,500 visitors annually and 6,000 students from the county’s school system.  They document the life of the county from its Native American roots to the Mexican migrant workers that came to the region under the WWII-era Bracero program to the contemporary influx of high-tech companies.

Located in Hillsboro, Oregon (a suburb of Portland, Oregon), the Washington County Museum (WCM) educates the community on the social, cultural, artistic, technological and historical development of our county. We provide our community with innovative exhibits and education programs that reflect the history of the region--from early Native American culture to recent technological innovation (home of Intel, Tektronix, etc.). Our growing humanities collection includes 40,475 pieces, which is straining our storage facility's capacity. Currently, many oversized 2-D artifacts are being stored on shelving units that leave them vulnerable to deterioration and physical harm. A renewed collections storage facility going on-line in late 2014 will provide the museum with needed space for improved collections care. To properly protect oversized 2-D artifacts, WCM will purchase large flat files to ensure their proper storage. This grant request is for funding to assist with their purchase.

Project fields:
Cultural History; History, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016