Explore the Collection

Hi Kids! 

Scroll down. Click on a Discovery Topic. Explore and have fun! 

Discover What's Inside is a new virtual education program created by the Benton County Historical Society's Education Department, launched during the summer 2020. Educational videos feature museum exhibits and different objects in the collection. Most videos are geared towards children ages 6-12 with many offering hands-on activity suggestions for children to continue learning and discovery at home. 

Discovery Topics

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Earl Newman Jazz Exhibit - Go on a short virtual museum tour with Alley cat to see Earl Newman's 2020 Monterey Jazz Festival exhibit at the Philomath Museum. Coloring activity of one of Earl's jazz musicians. 

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Louis Southworth Tells His Story - Hear an amazing story about someone who lived in Oregon a long time ago. Uncle Lou was born into slavery and was brought as a slave on the Oregon Trail. He bought his freedom by playing the fiddle. Hear fiddle tunes popular during that time. Listening and writing activity for older children.  

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Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals: Explore a 3-D model of a Mesopotamia Cylinder Seal. When seals were rolled over clay they left impressions. Watch a short video of how seals were used and how a roll stamp works. Some of the oldest and smallest man-made objects in the Benton County Historical Society's collection are cylinder seals from ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq).  

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Bowed Harp Drawing Lesson Video: Hear how an "Adeudeu" sounds, where it comes from, and try drawing it with teacher Laura. You just need a white piece of paper and a pencil.