As the leaves turn and the farmers’ markets burst with the bounty of fall, it is easy to live and breathe in the now of Oregon’s Washington County: the Tualatin Valley. That said, our land is drenched in history. That history dates back to pioneer times. The Oregon pioneers who came to settle here not only invested themselves in the land and their new home state, but in their country, as well. In celebration of the upcoming Veterans Day, we’re highlighting places to learn about the veterans and how the Tualatin Valley has journeyed through our nation’s rich past.
Washington County Museum recently unveiled its fall exhibit, Washington County Goes to War, which sheds light on how Oregonians were affected by WWI and WWII. This exhibit features uniforms and memorabilia from the “greatest generation” of veterans of World War II. The exhibit not only explores veterans, but the family and loved ones that they left behind, featuring war’s effect for those on the home front. During the month of November, all veterans will be admitted free to the museum.
Some of our nation’s unsung heroes are the female pilots of WWII. Learn their story at Fly Girls: Women Pilots in World War II (November 18, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Walters Cultural Arts Center). More than a thousand women private pilots flew integral missions in the 1940s, leading the way for women in aviation for years to come. No matter when you visit, aviation aficionados should check out the Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum for restored aircrafts, engines and artifacts.
A museum with small town charm can be found at Old Train Station Museum. While the museum specializes in pieces of history from the “Red Electric” passenger station of the early 1900s, the space also includes 150 years’ worth of local history. Find suffragette posters, wartime photographs and letters from bygone times.
Enjoy the past, present and future of the Tualatin Valley, all while honoring our veterans, as well!