Tualatin's Centennial Celebration

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Centennial Celebration News

Tualatin was incorporated on August 18, 1913 and the community celebrated its 100th anniversary throughout 2013! All year long there were programs, activities, and other recognition of this special milestone for our community.

Throughout the year you saw the Centennial reflected in many places and in many ways.


Centennial Commemorative Coin

Get your piece of Tualatin history! Come by the Tualatin Public Library or Juanita Pohl Center during normal hours of operation and purchase your Centennial keepsake. Don't live nearby? Order coins online! 



Looking Back....Centennial Events 2013

Tualatin Discovery Challenge

The Tualatin Discovery Challenge! We asked citizens to compile your own Tualatin Discovery Journal by documenting your discoveries of some of Tualatin's fascinating history. Once completed the journals were brought to the Tualatin Historical Society at the Tualatin Heritage Center (8700 SW Sweek Drive) before December 1, 2013 for entry to win a $100 gift card from Bridgeport Village and 12 free Regal Theater tickets and other great prizes. A panel of judges selected the most complete electronic or hard-copy journal with the winner announced at the 2013 Starry Nights and Holiday Lights event on Friday, December 6, 2013. If you have questions about the Tualatin Discovery Challenge call the Tualatin Heritage Center at 503-885-1926.

Centennial Time Capsule

The Centennial Time Capsule was successfully placed into the ground on Wednesday, December 19th. The public was invited to share their stories with the future residents of Tualatin. http://www.tualatinoregon.gov/recreation/centennial-time-capsule

Centennial Celebration Commemorative Magazine inside the Tigard/Tualatin Times

A copy of the January 3, 2013 Tigard-Tualatin Times newspaper was mailed to all households in Tualatin. Look inside for your keepsake! If you want a sneak preview check out http://publications.pmgnews.com/fpubs/tualatin-centennial-2013/#/1/.

Tualatin City Council read the Centennial Proclamation

On January 14, 2013 the Tualatin City Council meeting was held at 7:00 p.m. at the Council Chambers Building (18880 SW Martinazzi Avenue)  http://www.tualatinoregon.gov/citycouncil/city-council-meeting-116

You can watch City Council meetings on Tualatin Valley Community Television, Cable Channel 28 live, the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7:00 pm. Rebroadcasts are on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 am, and Sundays at 8:00 pm.

Tualatin Centennial Visual Chronicle Art

On February 12, 2013 we commemorated Tualatin's Centennial with a Visual Chronicle Reception to introduce 18 pieces of newly acquired artwork, including watercolors, acrylics and a sublimated aluminum print.  The City also received 2 major pieces of artwork from the Tualatin Arts Advisory Committee which are located at Tualatin Public Library and Commons Park.

February 17, 2013 - You Are There! Tualatin Historical Society presented a play about Tualatin's Incorporation at the Winona Grange

The Tualatin Historical Society sponsored a play depicting the fight between the Anti-Saloon League and incorporation enthusiasts, with a cast that included some of the characters’ descendants, as well as city officials. The play was written, cast and directed by Sandry Lafky Carlson and Loyce Martiniazzi.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUZ44DSy4TM&feature=youtu.be

Crawfish Festival Theme to Honor the Centennial Celebration

The Tualatin Chamber of Commerce held a contest to identify a special theme honoring Tualatin’s Centennial. Ideas ranged from historically accurate to wild and ribald. The contest winner received $100 in local gift certificates as well as the pride in knowing they played a part in Tualatin’s Centennial Celebration! For more information visit www.tualatinchamber.com.


Hon. Congresswoman Bonamici Recognizes Tualatin's Centennial Anniversary

Tualatin's representative in the United States House of Representatives, the Honorable Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, offered her congratulations to the people of Tualatin at the April 22, 2013 Tualatin City Council meeting.



Oregon House of Representatives Recognizes Tualatin's Centennial Anniversary

The Oregon House of Representatives unanimously supported House Concurrent Resolution 19 on May 21, 2013 congratulating Tualatin on it's 100th anniversary of incorporation.


History of Tualatin's Robbins Rose and other Northwest Beauties

On May 1, 2013 two leaders from the Northwest society of rose historians told stories behind your favorite blooms.  The researchers gave particular attention to the Robbins Moss rose.  The Robbins family (ancestors of Barbara Stinger, THS  treasurer) brought cuttings of this fragrant pink bud over the Oregon Trail.


Time Travel to 1913

The May Science Fiction Club for Teens at the Tualatin Public Library viewed episodes of our favorite time-traveling alien as he visits 1913.

Lumiere Players Spring Production "Rick Lowell, Private Eye-"The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of"

The Lumiere Players presented Rick Lowell, Private Eye-"The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of" by Tony Palermo. It was an evening of 1940s radio, including live sound effects. The audience found the private eye, the dames, the gangsters, and even the Maltese Falcon!

100th Story Time!

On May 14, 2013 The Tualatin Library celebrated their 100th Story Time!

Kids to Parks Day Centennial Special

On May 18, 2013. families explored Browns Ferry Park and learned about the natural and cultural history of one of Tualatin's parks.

Antique & Classic Car Show

In July the Juanita Pohl Center welcomed car enthusiasts to showcase their antique or classic cars. Cars from the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, or 80's were showcased.


Digital Camera Shoot Out

In July there was a photography class featuring a Tualatin location.


Tualatin's Centennial Celebration FIREWORK Display!

On Saturday, August 10, 2013 Tualatin had a centennial birthday bash at Community Park and everyone was invited! Residents enjoyed the Tualatin Crawfish Festival starting 10:00 a.m. and free admission to the park started at 6:00 p.m. People had dinner and a piece of Centennial birthday cake, watched a free concert featuring Big Night Out ("Portland's premiere 12-piece rock, pop, funk, & Show-Band"), and stayed for the AWESOME fireworks display at 9:00 p.m. It was the party of the century.

Watch the Centennial Fireworks Display video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khKjh3M2wo0&feature=youtu.be


Oregon Representative Julie Parrish Celebrates Tualatin's Centennial Anniversary

Representative Parrish recognized Tualatin's Centennial Anniversary at the Tualatin City Council meeting on Monday, August 12, 2013. The Oregon House of Representatives unanimously supported House Concurrent Resolution 19 on May 21, 2013 congratulating Tualatin on it's 100th anniversary of incorporation.


Encore Presentation of “You Are There!”

On Sunday, August 18, 2013, the actual date of the 100th anniversary of Tualatin's incorporation,  the Tualatin Historical Society sponsored an encore presentation of a play depicting the fight between the Anti-Saloon League and incorporation enthusiasts, with a cast that included some of the characters’ descendants, city officials, and other local notables. The play was written, cast and directed by Sandra Lafky Carlson and Loyce Martiniazzi. The performance was held at the Winona Grange Hall, 8340 S.W. Seneca St. in Tualatin.

Watch a video of the February performance here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUZ44DSy4TM&feature=you

Concerts on the Commons

Free concerts at the Lake at Tualatin Commons were held on Friday nights at 6:30 pm in July and August.  Centennial Concerts on the Commons featured music from a decade or decades over the past 100 years. Musicians included a Beatles tribute band, a disco group, the big band sounds of the 20's and 30's and much more.

Movies on the Commons

Each Saturday night in July and August was an extra-special Centennial edition of the Movies on the Commons. We featured movies representing the 1940's through today, and had pre-movie entertainment before each movie.

Oregon Stories

Storyteller Gordon Munro presented a selection of Oregon history tales at the Tualatin Public Library on August 13.


Tualatin Timeline Project

The Tigard-Tualatin School District is participated in the City of Tualatin's Centennial Celebration by infusing Tualatin history into the curriculum of Tualatin youth throughout 2013.

One such lesson saw 3rd graders at Tualatin Elementary School working together in groups of two to three to create a timeline of Tualatin’s history from 1800 to present day. To read more about this great story visit http://mrsheathsclass.weebly.com/.

Another great project was done by Bridgeport Elementary students who videotaped their Tualatin Timeline project. Thanks to Mrs. Clarke, Mrs. Southard and all their kids!  http://vimeo.com/67757550

Centennial Scavenger Hunt for Teens

The Tualatin Public Library had an ongoing centennial-themed scavenger hunt for teens beginning June 18.

Tualatin's Centennial Geocaching Challenge

In August there was a geocaching challenge. There were 10 hidden geocaches and participants that found all 10 won a limited edition Centennial Commemorative Coin!



Tualatin Centennial Dinner and Dance

In October, Tualatin’s historic Winona Grange (est. 1895) hosted a wonderful evening of dining and dancing to music from the first half of the 20th century.


Tualatin's Centennial Baby

As part of Tualatin's 100th anniversary celebration, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center is sponsored a Centennial Baby event.  The Centennial Baby was the 100th baby born in and from Tualatin. http://www.tualatinoregon.gov/recreation/tualatins-centennial-baby.


Centennial Symphony Concert

Everyone was invited to come delight in the sounds of symphonic music composed at the time of Tualatin's incorporation.


2nd Annual Veteran's Recognition Breakfast

In November, the Juanita Pohl Center hosted their 2nd annual Veteran's Recognition Breakfast.







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Certification of Incorporation, August 18,1913
And Now Who Has That Petition (Hillsboro Argus)
Boones Ferry Road Looking South
Crawfish Festival
Winona Grange #271 Band
Tualatin Fire Department
Tualatin Mercantile
Site of current day Tualatin Community Park
Tualatin School
Milk Delivery Truck
Banners along Boones Ferry Road
Banner on Boones Ferry Road