How We Work

Five Oaks Museum is a 501c3 non-profit located in Portland, Oregon with an annual budget just over $500,000. We are working on improving our institutional transparency, from finances to the co-director model. Follow along with our journey to becoming an ethical, anti-racist institution.

We believe museums have an active role in activism and social justice, and in shaping how history is remembered and told. As a whole, they stem from projects of colonialism and collection, and must reckon with that legacy and organization framework. Furthermore, the way that organizations allocate their resources communicates their priorities. We put our money behind our ethics by categorizing our expenses by our museum’s five values: Body, Land, Truth, Justice, and Community.

 

 

Transparency

Protocols for Native American Archival Materials

These protocols identify best professional practices for culturally responsive care and use of American Indian archival material held by non-tribal organizations. They were written by First Archivist Circle. The museum is not involved in writing the protocols in any way, but they inform our work and are Appendix C of the Collections Policy.

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County Agreement to Operate

In 1987, Washington County Historical Society (the legal name of Five Oaks Museum) entered into a contract with Washington County and Portland Community College which determined ongoing agreements around the museum’s land lease, building, collections, and funding. This contract is Appendix B of the Collections Policy.

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Museum Collections Management Policy

This policy addresses all issues related to the Museum’s object collections and archives, research library, its education collection, and items held temporarily. It was ratified in April 2022.

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Museum Bylaws

The museum bylaws define how the Museum Board of Directors operates. They were ratified in April 2022.

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Looking Back at 2021

Happy second birthday to Five Oaks Museum! Although the past two years may have felt endless to many, 2021 was just our second year as Five Oaks Museum. While the doors remained closed, the Museum expanded community access and a sense of openness to those near and far. Here are some highlights!

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2021-22 FY Values-Driven Budget

When creating our 2021-22 fiscal year budget, Five Oaks Museum put our money behind our ethics by categorizing our expenses by our museum’s five values: Body, Land, Truth, Justice, and Community.

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Earth Day Reflections

April 22, 2021

Lately, we’ve been thinking about the Tualatin River. Slowly, with persistence, the river winds its way to shape the landscape.

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Five Oaks Museum 990 Form 2019

Form 990 is a United States Internal Revenue Service form that provides the public with financial information about a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. This is the museum’s 2019 form for the fiscal year July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

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