Start date and time: February 24 2020, 12:00 pm

End date and time: February 24 2020, 1:00 pm

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2020 BENTON LECTURE SERIES

Theme: Community Building and Equity

Museum as Middle Ground: Balancing History, Modernity and Community

In her lecture, Chelsea Grassinger, principal of Allied Works, will share her thoughts on why museums matter, and what makes the Benton County Historical Society Museum truly unique.

Known for critically acclaimed projects in Oregon, the US and internationally, Allied Works was awarded the design competition for the museum in 2009 and has helped envision, develop and promote the project over the last decade. The Benton County Historical Society Museum will become Allied Work’s newest project in their home state and within their core area of expertise—the design of enduring and engaging arts institutions.

For Allied Works, each project vision is drawn from the specific character of the place and in support of the unique mission of the institution.  Museums in particular have a responsibility to inspire and to give back, and often come with opposing aims: to protect and preserve important artifacts, and at the same time, to be open and inviting spaces for all.

With diverse collections knitting together nature, art and technology, the Historical Society Museum is a rare and dynamic institution. As BCHSM’s first purpose-built space for exhibition and civic engagement, the new museum is a study in flexibility and connection—a space that showcases all types of artifacts, supports innovative approaches to curation, and embodies the land, the city, the events and memories that are all part of the story of Benton County. 

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