MISSION & HISTORY

Our Mission

The Benton County Historical Society is a nonprofit corporation that operates museum facilities for the preservation of history and culture. Its mission is to:

∙ Preserve the material and intellectual culture of Benton County, Oregon, by acquiring and caring for significant collections that illustrate and interpret the history of the area and its relationship to the world.

∙ Enrich people’s lives through exhibitions and educational programs.

Our Values

INNOVATION The Society is an innovative, catalytic force in the community.

INCLUSIVENESS Our museum is for the whole community, not just for historians.

STEWARDSHIP We are committed to preserving important cultural resources.

EXCELLENCE We strive to meet the highest standards of the museum profession.

Our Vision

The Benton County Historical Society is a leading cultural institution in the Willamette Valley.

The Society operates museum facilities and preserves collections to the highest museum standards, provides a dynamic visitor experience and quality education programs, builds a diverse constituency through community partners, and operates with a well-developed infrastructure, supported by stable funding.