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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
vintageTEK Museum Announces Its Public Grand Opening
Delivering on its Mission to Share Engineering Knowledge and History through an Active Museum and STEM Education Facility
Beaverton, OR, (July 13, 2017) – The vintageTEK Museum will hold a public Grand Opening in its new space on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 10 AM to 6 PM at 13489 SW Karl Braun Drive, Beaverton, Oregon. After months of volunteers organizing the new space and remodeling work by Tektronix, the Museum is proud to officially open its new facility on the Tektronix campus to the general public. Visitors will see the expanded display floor with new exhibits and a large conference/classroom for meetings and educational events. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
“Our old space was so crowded, it was limiting our restoration and display efforts and had no space for meetings or educational events. Tektronix’s generosity has provided us with a new space that is luxurious in comparison to the old,” said Board Chairman Bob Haas.
vintageTEK is a charitable, educational and scientific museum founded to commemorate the early history of Tektronix, Inc and its role in spawning approximately 300 high technology companies in the 'Silicon Forest'. Its main goal is to share the knowledge and history, to pique the interest of young people in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and to challenge them to become the technologists of the next decade.
“We are pleased to work with the vintageTek organization in finding space on our campus to house their amazing tribute to our Tektronix history that even includes an original engineering workbench,” said Aliza Scott, vice president HR at Tektronix. “The dedication of the volunteers, not only to catalog the deep heritage of Tektronix, but to continue to teach the passion of engineering to the up-and-coming generation of young engineers, is deeply appreciated and aligns nicely with our STEM support initiatives. We look forward to finding cross-educational opportunities with our employees and visiting customers and partners.”
The new location is at the south end of Tektronix Building 13, adjacent to the RAMS store, near the intersection of SW Terman Road and SW Karl Braun Drive. Parking is available in front and in the lot east of the building, accessible from SW Hocken Avenue. Note that some mapping applications show the address at the west end of the campus, rather than the east end.
On September 15, 2010, ex-Tek employees Stan Griffiths and Ed Sinclair founded a 501(C)3 charitable, educational and scientific museum to commemorate the history of Tektronix and its role in spawning ~300 high technology companies in the 'Silicon Forest'. The museum is dedicated to restoring and displaying working Tektronix products which have enabled generations of scientists, engineers, and technicians to do their jobs in advancing technology. It is also dedicated to the memory of those employees and their efforts and insight in creating this legacy. The museum opened in 2011 on the Beaverton Hillsdale Highway 15 minutes from Tektronix campus thanks to the generosity of Gary Hoselton who provided space for the museum. Thanks to the generosity of Tektronix, the museum was able to relocate to Building 13, the former site of the Ceramics operation, in January, 2017.