“Black in Oregon: 1840-1870” exhibition
The “Black in Oregon: 1840-1870” exhibition at Philomath Museum has been extended to April 17. (Photo provided by Mark Tolonen, Benton County Historical Society)

The Benton County Historical Society will partially reopen the Philomath Museum to six visitors at a time beginning Feb. 17 with the doors opening at 10 a.m., the organization announced. Visitors who find the museum at capacity upon arrival may need to wait.

For those who have been wanting to take in the “Black in Oregon: 1840-1870” exhibition, the historical society announced that its stay in Philomath has been extended to April 17. The collection had originally been scheduled to remain until Feb. 20.

For more details on the “Black in Oregon: 1840-1870” exhibition, read Brad Fuqua’s column published in late December.

Black in Oregon was originally created for display at the Oregon State Archives Building and highlights the lives of black pioneers who came to Oregon between 1840 and 1870. This incarnation of the exhibition features artifacts and photos from the Benton County Historical Society collection, some of which have never been publicly displayed.

No Shrinking Violets artwork
“No Shrinking Violets” (Photo provided by Benton County Historical Society)

The “No Shrinking Violets” quilt exhibition also remains on display and its stay has been extended to April 10. “No Shrinking Violets” is a juried quilt exhibition featuring fiber arts by the artists of High Fiber Diet (fiber and fabric artists of Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington) with a prevalent color of purple.

Philomath Museum hours will be 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free.

The BCHS will also partially open the new Corvallis Museum with a limit of six visitors at a time beginning Feb. 19. The museum is located at 411 SW Second St., with hours of 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

For entry into the Corvallis Museum, visitors will be able to make a reservation for a one-hour visit corvallismuseum.simpletix.com. Admission is $5 for adults and free for BCHS members, youth ages 18 and under, and for Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College students with their student ID.

Exhibitions at the Corvallis Museum include “Benton County”, “A College Town”, “Hats & Chairs” and more.

The BCHS said reservations cannot be made by voicemail and groups over six people will not be accepted. Visitors will be given additional health requirement instructions when online reservations are made for Corvallis Museum visits.

Oregon Health Authority currently limits customer capacity to a maximum of six people total (not including employees) in shared indoor entertainment spaces and requires a minimum 6 feet of physical distancing between individuals from different households.

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