Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill
1313 Mill Street SE Salem, OR  97301
Ph 503 585 7012
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April through July 2014
Please check back often for new events!
Information on all events and classes may be obtained by calling The Willamette Heritage Center at 503-585-7012 or by e-mail.
Members receive a discount on most ticket prices. Tickets may be purchased at The Willamette Heritage Center or by calling
503-585-7012. All tickets are non-refundable.
Special Exhibition: Roses of Old Oregon: Telling History Through the Stories of Roses
NOW through Monday, May 31.  Free with museum admission

Special Exhibition:
River People of the Willamette

The exhibition, curated by the Land and Culture Department of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde of Oregon, looks at the life ways and history of the Willamette River's Chinookan People. Since time immemorial, a variety of Native Peoples populated the shores of Willamette River, including the Clackamas, Multnomah and Kalapuya. By 1850 the populations had declined by 90% with perhaps a few hundred people remaining in villages on the Willamette. The middle Chinook territory encompassed the lower Willamette, from the Falls to the Columbia and some miles up and down the Columbia River. The Multnomah and Clackamas homelands are now the cities of Portland, Oregon City, and Vancouver. The exhibition will reveal new information about these tribes who were removed to the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation in 1856.

Free with museum admission. 503-585-7012.

Day Trippers: Heritage Bus Trip: Spring Bus Trip to Columbia Hill State Park and the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Must register by April 18, 2014
Step on the bus! Come join us for a trip focused on the history of the Cascade Chinook, the original people to live in the Columbia River Gorge. This trip will include a brief walking tour of thepictographs and petroglyphs at Columbia Hill State Park (Washington), picnic lunch, and afternoon visit to the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson, Washington for their First People Exhibit.
Leaving WHC at 8:30 am, returning approximately 4:30 pm.
COST: $35 members, $45 non-members – cost of lunch included.
For more information, call 503-585-7012, or email research@willametteheritage.org

Special Membership Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Banquet - FREE!
Thursday, May 1, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Teen Interpreter Program (TIP)Program runs June 23 - Aug 23, 2014
For ages 14 - 18
The Teen Interpreter Program challenges high school students to explore Oregon’s history through drama. Teen Interpreter Program (TIP) applications available on our website May 1 or through the WHC office.

In this summer program students plan, research and present living history programs and demonstrations to museum visitors. tip uses field trips and workshops to foster independent study and creativity. Students must apply for this program, applications must be submitted by June 6th at 5:00 pm. Enrollment is limited.

Tuition for this 10-week program is $100.00. Scholarships are available.

Teen Interpreter Program (TIP) Training:
Monday, June 16 - Thursday, June 19, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Teen Interpreter Program (TIP):
Monday, June 16 - Saturday, August 23, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Contact Kathleen Schulte at kathleens@willametteheritage.org or 503-585-7012 ext 254.

Ever wonder what went on at the Mill when the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill was fully operational? Find out at the WHC's annual Sheep to Shawl Family Fun Festival.

This FREE event features textile demonstrations, activities for the kids, tours of the historic mill and houses, entertainment, shopping, blacksmithing and sheep shearing demonstrations, lots of animals and much more.

Come join us for a day of family fun and activities!

New Exhibit at the Boon House will be unveiled at Sheep to Shawl.

Sheep to Shawl Coloring Contest!

Click here to download our Coloring Contest picture and entry form!

Children ages 4 -12 are eligible to participate. The artwork must be colored by the child themselves with no outside assistance from parents, teachers, peers or other adults.

All contest entries must be received by  4:00 pm on Saturday, May 10, 2014. No late entries will be accepted. All entries must include the child’s name, age, address and phone number to be eligible. Winners will be selected in the following age groups: 4 - 6, 7- 9, and 10 - 12.
Winners will be contacted on Tuesday May 13, 2014.

Special Exhibition: Boys of Summer -
Mid-Valley Baseball
June 20 - August 14
Baseball has been called "America's Pastime," but what is its story in the Mid-Willamette Valley?
Come explore the history of Mid-Valley baseball – from its humble beginnings to the semi-pros, from the Senators to the Volcanoes, from Oregon State University to the Oregon State Penitentiary. Learn about the shift from a multiday game to our modern 9 innings, and discover how controversial it was to have baseball games held on the Sabbath.
Free with museum admission.
Annual Heritage Awards and Banquet Fundraiser
Featured Speaker: Jane Kirkpatrick

Saturday, June 21
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Reviewers and readers alike acclaim Jane's work as unique in a world of storytellers.
While ranching and consulting on an Indian reservation, Jane produced 25 bestselling and award-winning fiction and non-fiction including the New York Times bestseller A Log Cabin Christmas and the Carol Award for 2013 as the best Christian historical fiction for Where Lilacs Still Bloom.

Her works have sold over 500,000 copies and been translated into foreign languages. Creating stories from the lives of actual historical women or events, Jane's focus is on telling stories that inspire and encourage. Her non-fiction titles reflect her Clinical Social Work experience and her understanding of the healing power of stories.

Jane now lives with her husband Jerry and two dogs near Bend in Central Oregon. She's a lively presenter who has spoken about the power of story throughout the world.

Reservations required. Contact Amy Vandegrift at amyv@willametteheritage.org or
503-585-7012 x 253.
Teen Interpreter Program (TIP) Training
Monday, June 23 - Thursday, June 26
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Teen Interpreter Program (TIP)
Monday, June 23 - Saturday, August 30
Contact Kathleen Schulte at kathleens@willametteheritage.org or 503-585-7012 ext 254.
Sizzling Saturday Family Fun Day - MORE INFO COMING SOON!
Seven Super Saturdays: June 28; July 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23

Each Saturday a new theme with activities, games, crafts and fun for the whole family. At least one parent or adult and up to four children between ages 4 and 14. $50 per family. Pre-registration required.
Contact Kathleen Schulte at kathleens@willametteheritage.org or 503-585-7012 ext 254.

Save the Date! - HISTORY WAS HERE!!
Saturday July 12, 2014 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Victory Gardens, blackouts, ration books, air raid drills, scrap drives, Rosie the Riveter, loose lips sink ships and so much more. If you didn't live through World War II you probably have no idea what this list is about! Come to the Willamette Heritage Center on July 12 and find out, while learning what you should plant in your Victory Garden and how to bake a cake without rationed eggs. Families can join our scrappy contest and try our Salem on the Home Front scavenger hunt. Enjoy something special from Café Venae, watch presentations about Camp Adair and see what the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill did for the war effort. We will have a USO dance, WW II uniforms display, medical demonstrations and a military vehicle display. Please check back for more information.