Groundbreaking for Benton County Historical Museum!

“Let’s start shoveling!” added Rampton, a board member and one of the lead organizers of the fundraising campaign, as a crowd of more than 100 gathered and the corner of Southwest Second Street and Adams Avenue to celebrate.

“This going to be one of the hallmark buildings in Corvallis,” said Board President Mike Schweitzer.

“This museum will be the heart of the community,” said Benton County Commissioner Anne Schuster.

“I can’t wait for the opening and ribbon cutting,” chimed in Corvallis Mayor Biff Traber.

Folks have worked for 20 years to bring a museum to downtown Corvallis. The campaign shifted gears midway through the drive to acquire and house the 60,000 Horner artifacts in a state-of-the-art collections facility in Philomath behind the current museum building, which will remain open and continue to offer exhibits. Oregon State University’s Horner collection doubled the size of the museum’s holdings and made it even more imperative to find a bigger facility to exhibit them.

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James Day, The Gazette Times