Forest Grove featured at museum this month
Get in free this Saturday if you bring proof of city residency
Did you know Forest Grove was almost named Vernon?
That was the first name suggested by city founders at an 1851 meeting of Tualatin Academy trustees.
It's one of the interesting fun facts and memorabilia you can find at the Forest Grove exhibit this month in the Washington County Museum, where Forest Grove residents can get in free this Saturday, Feb. 20, if they bring proof of residency (usual cost $6 adults, $4 children, seniors, students and military).
If you're there this Saturday at 1 p.m., you'll also get to see re-enactments of Forest Grove history, presented by costumed Friends of Historic Forest Grove members.
The museum has been featuring different Washington County cities each month.
In addition to a collection of old-time photos of Forest Grove, including views of downtown a century ago, the exhibit features a large photo-replica of a flag sewn in 1855 by Tabitha Brown and her students. The original flag, which is on display in Pacific University's Old College Hall museum, was carried into the Indian Wars of 1855-56 and features red stars, possibly because white cloth was scarce.
The exhibit also includes paraphernalia from Forest Grove's old train station, century-old high school yearbooks, old advertising and labels, the A. T. Smith House quilt (stenciled with help from Forest Grove children), a whole display on the city's barbershop madness, and more.