Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill
1313 Mill Street SE Salem, OR  97301
Ph 503 585 7012
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September 2014 - January 2015 Events
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.

Live the magic of the classic
Oregon Trail game!

Gather your team, pack your wagon
and go to www.oregontraillive.com
to register.
September 20, 2014
1 pm at WHC

$30 Team (a team can be 2 to 4 with at least one adult) add $10 for the Grueling Pace Challenge.

Spectators and museum visitors:  
$6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 kids (3-17)
and WHC members free


An Exhibition at WHC:
From the Sheep's Back to Yours: Pendleton Blankets an Oregon Tradition
Friday, September 26 – Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Free with museum admission

Pendleton is one of the most recognized name when it comes to American blankets.  Founded by Thomas Lister Kay’s daughter Fannie, her husband C.P. Bishop and their three sons, Pendleton Woolen Mills has been making beautiful blankets since 1909. During Pendleton’s first year operation, almost 4 million pounds of wool was processed and readied for blanket production. The Center’s 2014 fall textile art exhibit displays more than 20 of Pendleton’s wonderful blankets.


Preservation Pub
Monday, October 6, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
$5.00 Suggested Donation

Join Restore Oregon for a presentation and conversation about why Oregon's oldest houses and barns matter and what can be done to preserve them…over drinks, of course! This Preservation Pub® is one of a series of programs intended to connect Oregonians to the stories behind the still-to-be discovered gems of Oregon history. No RSVP or historic preservation background is required to have a good time. A $5 donation to Restore Oregon is suggested.

Photo on right: Jason Lee House being prepped for restoration work. WHC 91.1.3.

Fleece to Fiber Workshop FOR KIDS!  
Saturday October 11, 2014, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
(bring a sack lunch)
Cost: $25
 Ages: 10 and up
Join us for the unique opportunity to learn traditional fiber crafts in our historic wool mill. We'll start with the similarities and differences between sheep, alpaca, and rabbit fibers then pick and wash an alpaca fleece. After lunch and a brief, fiber-focused tour of the wool mill we'll move on to hand-carding our wool fibers to blend our own mixture for a one-dimensional needle-felting project. Projects available will include felt pin or necklace pendant, Christmas ornament, or simple bag/wallet.
Docent and Activity Leader Training
Saturday October 11, 18, 25 and November 1 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
More than just a tour leader, a docent is a connection between the past and the present. You will receive training in telling the stories and presenting our exhibits for visitors of all ages. Becoming a docent is a way to meet others with a similar passion for history and discover ways to share that passion. In addition to tour docents, we are looking for Activity Leaders. We offer short history focused activities for students and these are a fun and interesting way to pass along the love of history and learning to a new generation.
Contact Kathleen at 503-585-7012 or kathleens@willametteheritage.org.

Save the Date: WHC Fall Fundraiser: Preserving the Past, Forward to the Future!
Thursday, November 6, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Watch the web for more details!
The evening will include good fun, good food and wine, pleasant music by Gail Gage Jazz, a limited number of novel and traditional auction items and a stimulating program: "The Star-Spangled Banner - A Personal Encounter" that demonstrates what WHC is all about. Charlene Robbins, our speaker, found a 1917 manuscript from the committee who standardized the Star Spangled Banner words and music. American icon John Philip Sousa was a part of this group. Ms. Robbins presents an inspiring talk about the transformation of our national song along with her efforts to learn about the document's history and how to preserve it for future generations.

Heritage Bus Trip: Christmas Festival of Lights
at The Grotto in Portland

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost: $35 members / $45 non-members. Pre-register by Friday, November 28, 2014
Get in the mood for Magic at the Mill with a holiday light celebration at The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights, the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The festival features nearly 160 indoor holiday concerts. The Grotto's plaza includes outdoor caroling, puppet shows and a live animal petting zoo. Holiday food and beverages are available to purchase. The Festival of Lights is a walk-through event lasting approximately ¼ mile. Participants must be able to climb stairs and are encouraged to dress for outdoor weather. Call Kaylyn at 503-585-7012 ext. 257 or e-mail research@willametteheritage.org to register.
Deadline is Friday, November 28.


 

Rotary Event at the Museum
Friday, January 16, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost for Tours: $3.50 adults, $2.00 seniors, $1.50 youth
Join area Rotary Clubs for a special evening at the Willamette Heritage Center.  The public is invited to visit and learn about Rotary.  Tours of the mill and special exhibit will be available for half price during the evening.