Arrival: Stories of Migration, Immigration and Journeys in the Mid-Willamette Valley

Locomotives arriving at rail depot in Turner, Oregon. WHC 0085.076.0026.012.

Saturday, January 27 – Saturday April 21, 2018

Members Exhibit Opening Friday, January 26, 2018 6:00 – 7:30 pm

In the Willamette Heritage Center’s 8th Annual Heritage Invitational Exhibit, heritage organizations from around the Mid-Willamette Valley will explore the concept of arrival and focus on stories of migration, immigration and other types of journeys.

Participating organizations include:

Bush House Museum,
City of Salem,
Hoover-Minthorn House Museum,
Deepwood Museum and Gardens,
Gorman House,
GeerCrest Farm,
Keizer Heritage Center,
Linfield Anthropology Museum,
Oregon Forest History Center,
Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health,
Polk County Historical Society,
Silverton Country Museum,
Washington County Museum,
Woodburn Historical Museum

The movement of individuals and groups into and around our region provides an understanding of how we got here – literally and figuratively. Mid-Willamette Valley history is full of stories of arrival – from fur traders setting up traps on French Prairie in the 1820s to the migration of Euro-American settler’s over the Oregon Trail to today’s influx of refugees from countries across the world – each group and individual has influenced and shaped our community. Journeys have also been used to support, commemorate and understand our community’s past and bring our community together. Stories shared in the exhibit look at individual sojourners, groups and events and provide a window into a variety of experiences in our region.