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Wash. Co. Museum

Valsta Becvar Barber oral history recording

Vlasta Becvar Barber oral history recording on the Agricultural Workers Health Association

The Washington County Museum in Hillsboro, Oregon holds a collection of over 400 oral histories containing diverse and compelling stories of immigration, land use, economic transition, war and politics that the county’s communities have experienced.

Some of the highlights include the Tualatin River Oral History Collection, a set of 24 oral histories that address land use, changing environmental laws, dam-building, and its impacts on the region. The High Tech Collection captures 14 oral histories of founders and significant leaders of Tektronix, Intel, Planar, and other world-renowned technology companies. The extensive Latino Oral History Collection includes the oral histories of members of the ten earliest Latino families to arrive in Washington County and the creation and ongoing development of a significant and vibrant community. And the Japanese-American Collection contains stories of the experiences of immigration, farming, war, and internment of Japanese-Americans in Washington County during the era of the Second World War.

The Washington County Museum exhibits and collects the region's heritage. Hosting educational programs, lectures and outreach, its archives are open to researchers.

Highlights from the collections are below.

You can also browse all the oral histories contributed by the Washington County Museum.

Latino Oral History Collection

History of High Tech in Washington County

Japanese-American Collection

Tualatin River Oral Histories