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


August 2014 Event Calendar


“Great Leap Forward: A roundtable discussion on Tualatin’s Business History”
Wednesday, August 6, 1:00pm
Location: Tualatin Heritage Center
Donations accepted

Several private sector leaders part of the fast-moving business growth in our city will share their perspectives in a panel presentation. Moderated by former mayor Steve Stolze, the discussion will include Jack Broome, consultant for the city’s first urban renewal plan and chief architect for the pacesetting Meridian Park Hospital dedicated in 1973; Harvey Clark, owner of the iconic Clark Lumber Company/True Value nearing its 50th anniversary; Arne Nyberg whose family’s Sweetbrier Inn was another landmark before development in all four corners of Exit 289; and David Emami, whose downtown theatre in Tualatin was his first step in redeveloping several core area business sites, including preservation of the city’s first “skyscraper” (now home of Mashita’s and the VFW, pictured below).  Moderator Stolze is also a Tualatin businessman. For information, call 503.885.1926.

Clothing Swap
Wednesday, August 13, 6:45pm
Location: Tualatin Heritage Center

Recycle, Reduce, Reuse and attend this clothing swap. Bring something, take something. All sizes of women and teen clothing and accessories. This popular swap is held quarterly. For information, call 503.716.8910. Swap to save a planet...and some green!

Knitting and Crochet Workshop
Fridays, August 15 & 29, 10:00am to Noon
Location: Tualatin Heritage Center

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

Historian and Weatherman Remember Great Columbus Day Storm of 1962
Wednesday, September 3, 1:00pm
Location: Tualatin Heritage Center

Destructive weather in other parts of the nation and world still captures the news today. But Tualatin and the Pacific Northwest/Northern California experienced its own devastation on October 12, 1962 with at least 46 deaths attributed to the typhoon’s horrific winds which at one point measured 113 mph at the Morrison Street Bridge in Portland. Long-time Tualatin residents recall the aftermath very well. Oregon Historical Society featured the Big Blow in a special exhibit this year and OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk, will co-present with KGW weatherman Rod Hill at this program sponsored by the Tualatin Historical Society. Do you have photos of this period in Tualatin?  Bring them along and we will ask your permission to scan and return so our THS files have additional documentation for future researchers. For information, call 503.885.1926.

THS Wine, Food and Silent Auction Fundraiser
Friday, September 12, 6:00 to 9:00pm
Location: Tualatin Heritage Center
$25 per person, 21 and over only

Join us for the Tualatin Historical Society’s annual fund-raising event “Locally grown…preserving the history of Tualatin”. Enjoy the sounds of Island Trio, taste Northwest wines, delicious food, and silent auction, $25 per person. Doors open at 5:30pm. For information, donations and tickets, call 503.885.1926 or email

Knitting and Crochet Workshop
Fridays, September 19 & 26
10:00am to Noon
Location: Tualatin Heritage Center

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

Rocks 101 and the Lake Missoula Flood
Thursday, September 18, 7:00pm
Location: Tualatin Public Library
Donations accepted

Have you ever tried to answer the question: “What is a rock” without having one to point to?
Join us at the library when Rick Thompson will not only define what rocks are but provide an explanation of the different kinds of rocks, how they are formed as well as how the three main types of rocks are related to the Lake Missoula Floods. You are invited to bring rocks or mineral samples from your own collections that are special to you and that you would like to share with others. Or you may bring a rock that you would like to have identified that may be a mystery to you. For information, call Sylvia Thompson at 503.257.0144.




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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