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All hail Gaston, city of the month at the Washington County Museum

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Gaston residents get in free Saturday, May 20, and can hear a talk on Hill Cemetery

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - The Gaston display at the WashCo Museum in Hillsboro includes interesting stories of local people as well as artifacts from the Kalapuya tribes that originally lived there and the once-thriving commercial district.Gaston is the city of the month at the Washington County Museum, located at the Civic Center Plaza in Hillsboro, 120 E. Main St. This year's display includes an Atfalati mortar and pestle like those used by the tribes that lived around Wapato Lake, a Liberty Bell-shaped piggy bank from Gaston State Bank and other memorabilia and stories from the Gaston area's early days.

Did you know, for example, that a former pastor of the Cherry Grove Baptist Church was once played by Tony Curtis in a movie about his life titled "The Great Imposter," became close friends with actor Steve McQueen, and even appeared on the TV quiz show "You Bet Your Life," hosted by Groucho Marx? You can learn more about that at the exhibit as well.

Gaston residents get in free this Saturday, May 20. If you come at noon, you can hear a talk by local author/historian Ken Bilderback about Hill Cemetery.