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Please join us on Saturday, April 26th for a special event. 
Don't miss this chance to hear some world-class 
Cowboy Poetry & Yodeling!

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:45 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Beaverton History Center, 12412 SW Broadway, Beaverton, OR 97005

     Doors open at 10:00 AM 
     $2.00 suggested donation

Tom Swearingen, Cowboy Poet.
Performing at 10:45am

Winner of the National Finals  Rodeo 2013 Cowboy Poetry Week Contest.  Tom will be reading some of his poems based on his own experiences. 
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Tom! 

Larry Wilder, Yodeling

Performing at 11:25am

Larry has performed and shared stages with Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Bonnie Raitt, Pete Seeger and many other well-known bands. Larry and the StumptownStars toured Europe in 2007. Come hear Larry perform, don’t miss this exciting chance to hear some first-class yodeling.



Upcoming May Presentation
Be sure and add our exciting May event to your calendar.

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, Larry Wood

When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 7pm - 8:30pm
Location: Beaverton History Center, 12412 SW Broadway, Beaverton, OR 97005

Learn about the Spruce Goose. Why was it built, who built it, why is it wood, when was it finished, the first flight, storage from 1947 to 1976, display in Long Beach, CA, and the move to McMinnville, OR. Hear what exciting things are happening at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.

Presenter Larry Wood grew up in Portland and attended Benson High School. After graduating from the University of Washington, he was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps. During the majority of his service he flew A-4 Skyhawk aircraft in tactical squadrons, was an instructor pilot in training squadrons and an aircraft maintenance officer. Wood commanded both a squadron and an aircraft group. Retiring in 1997 from the staff of the Naval War College in Newport, RI, he returned to Oregon and taught middle school science in Keizer, Or. In 2006 he became a volunteer at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum followed by two years as education director. In 2010 he was named executive director of the museum. He and his wife Judy live in Salem and have three grown children and four grandchildren.


Beaverton History Center Resident Beaver Makes TV Debut

Our resident beaver made his TV debut recently in a commercial made for the Oregon Lottery. Stop by and see our now (almost) famous beaver and other Beaverton historical artifacts at the Beaverton Historical Society center in beautiful old town Beaverton. 
To view the commercial go to: 

Collector's Corner  


A Brief History of Children’s Blocks

It is believed that the first blocks appeared as early as 1693. Philosopher John Locke pointed out that ‘dice and play-things, with letters on them to teach children the alphabet by playing would make learning to read a more pleasurable experience. Several decades later, Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel, a museum curator know to have pioneered kindergarten, introduced geometric solids carved from wood. They were known as  Froebel’s ‘gifts’ and soon led to
alphabet blocks. In the last century blocks became commonplace in American preschools and homes. In the early 1900’s toy manufacturers produced brightly colored chromolithograph images on paper-covered blocks. Blocks are still common today and help children recognize shapes of letters and improve hand-eye coordination.

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