Our Five Core Values & COVID-19 Updates
Five Oaks Museum is looking to our 5 core values to guide our actions and reflections in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Updated 4/1/20.
This crisis is global and vast, but it hits at the most intimate scale of all – individual human bodies. Our first and most urgent responsibility right now is to participate fully in collective measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For that reason, Five Oaks Museum will remain closed to public visitation for as long as is needed to support public health. We are working towards innovative ways to remain a gathering place and a trusted source of learning and look forward to the day that we can welcome you, in body, into the museum once more.
Many people are turning to the natural world as refuge and guide right now. Kalapuyan peoples, and other local tribal cultures, developed expertise over millennia in tandem with this land. Having already survived devastating exposure to disease, in addition to other colonial harms, Native cultures today remain strong and dynamic. Their history is important to know. We are digitizing our current major exhibition, This IS Kalapuyan Land, so that essential content remains available from a distance.
The museum has built our new identity with a commitment to the well-being of our workers at the center of all we do. We are continuing full pay and benefits for all staff including contractors and confirmed gigs; if difficult decisions are ahead of us, they will be approached with the needs of the most vulnerable as the first consideration.
You are the holders of the truth, which we recognize as a living, changing thing. We are collecting your stories through an open call so that this moment can be seen from many perspectives and captured for its historic significance. Click here to be part of Gathering History: Covid-19 Community Journal.
Five Oaks Museum is here for the entire community and does not support xenophobia now, or ever. We are working to uplift all those in our networks as we share the struggle of isolation by adding more digital content to our website, creating free learning tools out of our field trip curriculum, and making video learning experiences for older adults. Look to our Instagram and new Facebook feeds for art, history, and culture experts delivering week-long takeovers starting in April. All new and ongoing memberships will be extended for the duration of the museum’s closure, so that you can enjoy remote content now and don’t miss a day of on-site benefits.