Founded in 1986, the Society's mission is to preserve, promote
and interpret the rich and colorful history of Tualatin

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Heritage Center


April/May 2014 Event Calendar

History of the Hillsboro Airport
Wednesday, April 2, 1:00 pm

Dana McCullough and Phil Brown will talk about the Hillsboro Airport History Project. Dana comes from a three-generation pilot family. Her father, Swede Ralston, soloed on the then 100-acre Hillsboro Airfield in 1934 and went on to establish Aero Air that is still in business today and is the only continuous operation on the field. Dana worked summers at the airport, soloed, obtained her pilot’s license, and went on to Linfield College and Portland State University to become a high school and college professor. When her father passed away in 2007, she began researching the colorful history of the airfield and, together with Phil Brown, created a presentation that traces its development through the years. Phil worked for the Hillsboro Airport on and off for 40 years, and has a grasp of its rich history. Monthly program sponsored by the Tualatin Historical Society. For information, call 503.885.1926.

Bird and Nature Walk
Thursday, April 10, 8:30am

Spring is here and our local nesting birds are arriving, while lingering winter waterfowl may still be around.  All of these birds depend on the wild places, large and small, for food, shelter and nesting.  Join Master Naturalist, Mary Anne Sohlstrom of The Wetlands Conservancy for a Nature and Bird Walk around Sweek Pond and Central Hedges Creek Wetland. Meet at the Heritage Center parking lot for a 1 ½ hour ramble to discover birds and perhaps even a mammal or two, in a unique urban habitat island. For information, call 503.227.0778.

An Inside Look at Camp David
Thursday, April 17, 7:00pm
Donations accepted

Tualatin resident Norb Murray ferried presidents and their families to and from Camp David, a former mining area transformed into the presidential retreat center 56 miles  from the White House in the hills of Maryland.  Murray, a former Marine pilot, shares stories and photos of his years flying dignitaries for simple relaxation or high-level political meetings. Learn the history and how the presidents have used it over the years. For more information, call 503.885.1926.

Leonard Barry with Johnny B Connolly Concert
Friday, April 25, 7:30pm
Door $20, Advance discount:

Originally from Kilmoyley in North Kerry, Leonard Barry is well known among his peers in the Irish music scene as one of the leading exponents of the Uilleann Pipes. Having started the tin whistle at the age of nine it was not until the age of fifteen that Leonard discovered the Pipes upon hearing his uncle’s recordings of Johnny Doran. Doors open at 6:30.

Knitting and Crochet Workshop
Fridays, May 2 & 23, 10:00am to Noon

Bring a project or start one. Help is available.  All levels welcome.

History of Oregon's Amazing Tualatin River
Wednesday, May 7, 1:00 pm

Tualatin Riverkeepers volunteer archivist, John Fervia will give a presentation titled "The History of the Tualatin River". John will share a beautiful collection of historical photographs, which tells the story of the river's history from the geographic happenings that created it, to the people who lived along the rivers banks, through the growth of the Riverkeepers who now protect our river. John has worked with the Tualatin Historical Society to help them co-sponsor "Tualatin River History Day" in 2012. Monthly program sponsored by the Tualatin Historical Society. For information, call 503.885.1926.

Masters of the Celtic Harp
Friday, May 9, 7:30pm, doors open 6:45pm

Two of the foremost harp players from Ireland and Scotland, are in the US for a brief spring tour and are routed through Tualatin for one show only, touring as The Masters of the Celtic Harp. Gráinne Hambly from County Mayo and William Jackson from Glasgow will present “Two Sides of Celtic”,  a multi-faceted concert featuring their dynamic blend of two harp styles as well as their complimentary talents on concertina, tin whistle and bouzouki. For information, call 503.819.2689.


Need a place for your gathering?
Call 503.885.1926 for more information about how to rent this unique facility for your holiday party, anniversaries, reunions, meetings, and weddings.

Engraved Memorial and Honorary Bricks
Bricks are still available for purchase for our heritage garden patio. For the time being,
4 x 8 inch bricks are holding at $50 and will increase to $75 in the future.  They make great gifts.  Pick up an order form at the Heritage Center or request one by email or mail from the Heritage Center by calling 503.885.1926. 





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special events

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adjacent to the
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This website is maintained in loving memory of Shirley Disch, 1928 – 2004

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