Three Recent Developments at Benton County Historical Society

For Immediate Release:
Date: August 26, 2021
Contact: Jessica Hougen, Executive Director
Phone: 541.929.6230, ext.  302

Three Recent Developments at Benton County Historical Society

Philomath, Ore. – First, the Corvallis Museum is officially open and the Philomath Museum continues to offer rotating exhibitions of art and history. Visit for details on both museums.

Second, Benton County Historical Society welcomes our new Executive Director, Jessica Hougen, and our new Education Curator, Patti Larkin.

Jessica Hougen was raised in Eugene, and attended the University of Oregon.  She was also awarded her Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, in 2004.  Since then, she has held museum positions as Registrar, Curator of Collections and Exhibits, and most recently as the Director/Curator of the Sutter County Museum in Yuba City, California.

Patti Larkin also attended the University of Oregon and earned her Master’s Degree in Museum Studies at SUNY-Oneonta, at Cooperstown, New York.  Patti first joined the BCHS family when she worked in the Horner Museum preparing for the move of artifacts to Philomath. During the past decade she has been the Curator & Programs Manager for the Pittock Mansion, in Portland, Oregon.

Third, the BCHS Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that it has created the Irene Zenev Museum Endowment fund at the Benton Community Foundation. The fund will perpetually endow support for museum operations.  Contributions may be sent to either the Benton Community Foundation or to Benton County Historical Society.


Enjoy a visit to Oregon’s past AND present!  The Philomath Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 4:30. The Corvallis Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00-5:30.

Located six miles west of Corvallis on Hwy 20/34, at 1101 Main Street, Philomath, Oregon, the Benton County Historical Society operates the Philomath Museum facilities for the preservation of history and culture.  Its goal is to preserve the material culture of Benton County, Oregon.  It strives to enrich people’s lives through interesting exhibitions and educational programs.