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About WCHO



Founded in 2011, Washington County Heritage Online (WCHO) seeks to document the unique heritage of Washington County, Oregon. We aim to:


Grant Funding


Washington County Heritage Online is a cooperative project of local libraries, museums, and cultural institutions in Washington County,  Oregon. It is supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.



Pacific University Archives
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Located in Forest Grove, Oregon, the Pacific University Archives contain records of the University, papers of its alumni and faculty, photographs and other material related to the Pacific community since its founding in 1848. It supports the educational mission of the University and is open to researchers.


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

Banks Historical Society
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The Banks Historical Society seeks to celebrate the history and heritage of this small community in western Washington County, Oregon.


Cedar Mill Community Library
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Cedar Mill Community Library opened in 1976. It has since grown to become one of the top ten libraries in Oregon in terms of attendance and circulation.


Centro Cultural
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Founded by immigrant families in 1972, Centro Cultural supports the Latino community of Washington County through educational programs, cultural events and outreach.


City of Beaverton
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The City of Beaverton, incorporated in 1893, holds historic photographs of the town and the surrounding region.

Cornelius Public Library
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Founded in 1912, the Cornelius Public Library offers historic documents and photographs from the city's administrative, library, fire and police departments.

Community Action

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Founded in 1965, Community Action is the largest private nonprofit social service agency serving residents of Washington County. Its collection includes issues of the newspaper, The Rural Tribune, and photographs of their activities.


Forest Grove City Library
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Forest Grove City Library, first established in 1908, documents the historic and architectural heritage of the city in its Stewart History Room.


Friends of Historic Forest Grove
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The Friends of Historic Forest Grove was organized by enthusiastic individuals who recognized the distinct and important place Forest Grove has in the history of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. In addition to operating many public programs, the Friends hold a substantial collection of original photographs, documents and artifacts related to local history.


Garden Home History Project
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The Garden Home History Project is non-profit organization dedicated to documenting and sharing the history of the Garden Home area in Washington County, Oregon. Their volunteers collect stories and photographs about historic Garden Home from the community. A small sample of their collected photographs have been added to WCHO.


Tigard Public Library
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Tigard Public Library serves the city of Tigard, Oregon. Their contributions to WCHO were collected by the Tigard Historical Assocation, which is dedicated to the preservation of local heritage.

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