Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill
1313 Mill Street SE Salem, OR  97301
Ph 503 585 7012
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Magic at the Mill
WHC is seeking a new Executive Director. Applications will be accepted
through Friday, October 31, 2014. For more information, please click here.
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. Click for more info.
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.

  Our WHC Story: as told by Amy Vandegrift and Kylie Pine on YouTube. Click to view:
Amy Vandegrift,
Development Director
Kylie Pine, Curator
Connecting Generations
at the Willamette Heritage Center

A visit to the Willamette Heritage Center is a stroll through the history of the Willamette Valley. The five-acre campus is home to fourteen historic structures that present the stories and richness of Oregon's past.

Pioneer buildings at the Willamette Heritage Centertake visitors back to the early settlement of western Oregon. The 1841 Jason Lee House, arguably the oldest standing wooden frame house in Oregon, pre-dates the first wagon trains crossing the Oregon Trail. These structures provide a glimpse into the lives of the missionaries and pioneering families when these early founders were putting down roots in the Valley.

The 1895 Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, one of the best-preserved Victorian-Age factories in the West and designated an American Treasure by the National Park Service, vividly tells the story of industrialization in the West. See how it was to work in what was once a leading textile factory in Oregon, the legacy of which is continued today by Pendleton Woolen Mills. Changing exhibitions at the Willamette Heritage Center explore and highlight the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Mid-Willamette Valley.

Willamette Valley Voices Winter 2014, Vol. III,
No. 1 NOW available
on the web!
Click here to view
as a PDF.

Hardcopies are
available for purchase
at $10 each.

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