Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Benton County Historical Society

  • Philomath, OR
  • http://www.bentoncountymuseum.org

Mission Statement

The Benton County Historical Society is a nonprofit corporation that operates museum facilities for the preservation of history and culture. Its mission is to: (1) Preserve the material and intellectual culture of Benton County, Oregon, by acquiring and caring for significant collections that illustrate and interpret the history of the area and its relationship to the world; (2) Enrich people's lives through exhibitions and educational programs.

Main Programs

  1. Museum collections
  2. Education
  3. Exhibitions
  4. Historic preservation
Service Areas

Self-reported

Oregon

Benton County Historical Society serves the people of Benton County, Oregon and visitors from the region, the Pacific NW and beyond with exhibitions, events and public programs. The new museum planned for downtown Corvallis will reach more area residents, students from rural communities, and members of the Oregon State University student body, faculty and staff.

ruling year

1981

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Irene Zenev

Keywords

Self-reported

museum,history,art,education,preservation,research,culture

Notes from the Nonprofit

Benton County Historical Society is engaged in a capital campaign to build a new museum in downtown Corvallis to expand its programming and display more of its collections than can be shown in its current home in Philomath. Over 33% of the funds have been raised for this $9 million project which will include galleries, a meeting room, spacious lobby, museum store, and outdoor courtyards for sculpture displays and relaxation. The facility was designed by native Oregonian Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture in Portland, who also designed the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver and the Museum of Art and Design in New York City. The project has received support from over 120 contributors. The campaign is expected to continue through early 2016 with the new museum slated to open in 2017. More information can be found at www.corvallismuseum.org.

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EIN

93-0784998

 Number

5043701259

Physical Address

1101 Main Street

Philomath, OR 97370

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Benton County Historical Society plays an important role by providing exhibitions and educational programming for a region of mostly small rural communities in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Many students who visit from these communities have never been to a museum before, and the experience is profound and memorable. In 2008, the Society assumed ownership of the Horner Collection, formerly owned by Oregon State University, an important collection of objects of history and natural history. The collection is co-housed with the Society's own collections in a new purpose-built facility, but most of it cannot be displayed due to space limitations in the Society's headquarters in the Philomath College building. A new museum building in downtown Corvallis on property already owned by the Society will allow the organization to significantly increase its impact, display more of its collections, and produce original and traveling exhibitions and programming.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Museum collections

The Society maintains collections of more than 100,000 items, including artifacts, photographs, and print materials in 2 collections. The BCHS collection reflects the history of Benton County, Oregon, and the Horner Collection reflects the interests of a general museum established at Oregon State University. Ownership of the Horner Collection has been transferred to BCHS.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

Program 2

Education

Benton County Historical Society has a active program of public events that educate young people and adults about their world. An active Docent program educates volunteers about exhibits and collections. Through outreach into area schools and visits to the museum led by trained professionals, students gain an appreciation for history, art and culture.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

Program 3

Exhibitions

The Exhibitions program has two components. The Moreland Gallery offers a venue for regional artists in a variety of media to display their work. Exhibits have been recognized as among the best in the region. The History Gallery has a permanent series of exhibits interpreting significant Benton County places.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 4

Historic preservation

The Society's largest artifact is its headquarters, the Philomath College Building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Benton County Historical Society's goal is to complete the museum building in downtown Corvallis by 2017 and introduce new exhibitions and programs at the facility. The Society's headquarters will continue to be located in the historic Philomath College building, adjacent to the Johnson Collections Center. An expanded research library, accessible to the public, will be housed in the headquarters building. An additional goal is to complete the unpacking, cataloging and registration of the Horner Collection and ensure proper storage for each item. The Society's collections manager, aided by a volunteer corps, is facilitating this project.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    A capital campaign is underway, led by a volunteer committee comprised of respected, engaged community leaders from the Corvallis and Philomath areas and representing business, arts, culture, the public sector and Oregon State University. A leading architect, Oregonian native Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture, has designed the building. His museum experience includes national projects such as the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver and the Museum of Art and Design in NYC.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Benton County Historical Society is a well-managed organization with a long history of service to the community and a reputation for strong board engagement and financial responsibility. Its programs are creative and well-attended. The organization has successfully completed the first three phases of this four phase campaign: securing a downtown Corvallis site, acquiring the Horner Collection, and creating a state-of-the-art collections center to house the collections. It is well poised to complete the fourth phase.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The fundraising goals are clear and accompanied by a schedule and specific measurement metrics. As the campaign progresses, the committee will move forward with specific steps toward design, hiring a contractor, and securing permits.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The capital campaign is underway and making headway. The collections manager and volunteers are making progress in registering, cataloging and providing proper storage for items from the Horner collection and making effective use of the new collections facility.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Oregon

Benton County Historical Society serves the people of Benton County, Oregon and visitors from the region, the Pacific NW and beyond with exhibitions, events and public programs. The new museum planned for downtown Corvallis will reach more area residents, students from rural communities, and members of the Oregon State University student body, faculty and staff.

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BENTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Benton County Historical Society

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Principal Officer

Irene Zenev

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Neal Peterson

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?