Benton County Museum Family Day

As illustrated here, last year's family day featured "Around the World from 80 Countries." This year's theme is "Circa 1920 — Roaring Into the Modern Age."

The Benton County Museum invites all to swing into summer Saturday at its Free Family Day. The event, which features the theme, “Circa 1920 — Roaring Into the Modern Age,” runs from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the museum’s front and back lawns will be filled with dancers, music, games, classic cars and other activities. Learn a dance from the 1920s with the Cool Shoes OSU dancers, enjoy the sounds of the Hilltop Big Band or listen to the Sax Trax saxophone jazz quartet and the Claribelles quintet.

Learn about moonshine and play with games and toys from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Climb on “Old No. 1,” the Philomath Fire & Rescue’s 1929 fire engine. Check out classic cars and see how a 1928 Pontiac engine and crankshaft works.

Explore the museum’s galleries, which are filled with objects and art, including a 1919 dishwasher. Children and their families can speak to docents and artists, learn fun facts about the 1920s and do hands-on activities. Or generate electricity with hand-cranked generators.

In the afternoon the fun continues with chalk, bubbles and LEGOs for the little ones thanks to the Benton County Bookmobile. The museum’s annex will feature activities such as simple bookmaking, how to make a zoetrope and other crafts. Learn about the history of graphics, publishing and how virtual gaming technology of today is related to zoetrope’s of the past — all courtesy of the Philomath Community Library.

Upstairs in the Moreland Gallery, the Corvallis Art Guild will have its exhibition “Fresh” and participants can make their own “flapper bandeau” with paper flowers. Families can also do a scavenger hunt.

No alcohol or pets are allowed. For more information, go online to

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