Historic Preservation Month

Historic Preservation Month is presented by the Benton County & City of Corvallis Historic Resources Commissions & PreservationWORKS

This year's theme is Comfort in our Enduring Past. We encourage people to cherish our history as lasting examples that our legacy will endure beyond the challenges and distress of current times.

Programs held during Preservation Month will be limited to solo-oriented events and web-based, informative experiences that will offer education and entertainment.

This year we will make available digital versions of self-guided tour pamphlets.  

The Benton County Driving Tour is linked below under Supporting Documents.

VIDEO TOURS - Now on YouTube
Willamette Grange
Benton County Courthouse Basement area and Exterior
Benton County Courthouse, Third Floor and Bell Tower
Benton County Courthouse, Second Floor
Benton County Courthouse, Front Facade and First Floor
Historic Sidewalk Markers - self-guided tour pamphlet
 South  Central Park Tour - self-guided tour pamphlet
North Central Park Tour - self-guided tour pamphlet
Franklin School Neighborhood Tree Tour - self-guided tour pamphlet

OSU’s Special Collections and Archives Research Center launched a blog series on the effects of the “Spanish Flu” pandemic in 1918 and 1919. In light of the recent situation with COVID-19, SCARC archivists Anna Dvorak and Larry Landis explore how past epidemics and pandemics have impacted the Oregon State and Corvallis communities. Check out the blog here: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/scarc/2020/04/15/the-1918-19-flu-pandemic-d...
Oregon Historical Society highlights
In their May E-Digest, the theme was ‘Pandemic’. It included a blog post, From Whence Did It Come and to Where Did It Go?: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Oregon, an Oregon Historical Quarterly free article, "The Pacific Northwest Measles Epidemic of 1847–1848," by Robert Boyd, Spring 1994 95:1, and check out this recently recorded lecture series, What We Can Learn from the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 – 1919 presented by Christopher McKnight Nichols.