WHC Calendar

Keep an eye on our calendar to learn about upcoming events and classes at the Willamette Heritage Center.

May
1
Mon
2017
Exhibit: Focal Point – Images by Salem Photojournalist Gerry Lewin
May 1 – Jun 17 all-day
Exhibit: Focal Point - Images by Salem Photojournalist Gerry Lewin

Focal Point: Through Gerry Lewin’s Lens

A Photo Exhibit at the Willamette Heritage Center
Monday, May 1, 2017 – Saturday, June 17, 2017

For more information click here.

May
13
Sat
2017
32nd Annual Sheep to Shawl Festival @ Willamette Heritage Center
May 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Karen Spinning

For the past 32 years, Sheep to Shawl has provided a fun, free, and educational experience to the Salem community. Guests of all ages come and enjoy a variety of activities, including sheep shearing demonstrations, textile arts demonstrations, live music, children’s activities, live animals, and so much more. Sheep to Shawl guides visitors through the wool-making process, celebrating the long and important history of the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill. Stay tuned for more details about the 32nd Annual Sheep to Shawl festival!

May
18
Thu
2017
History in the News @ Willamette Heritage Center
May 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

History in the News

LEEBIBLE by Ron Cooper

Photo by Ron Cooper

Third Thursday of each month through November | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

History in the News is back for a second season of providing historical context to current events. The topic for each month’s discussion will not be announced until one week prior to the event. Tune into our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) or join our mailing list to see the announcement!

History in the News is free and open to the public. Visit willametteheritage.org/history-in-the-news/ to learn more.

History in the News: Citizenship and Civil Liberties on the World War I Home Front @ Willamette Heritage Center
May 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

History in the News: Citizenship and Civil Liberties on the World War I Home Front

True Sons of Freedom painting depicting African American Soldiers fighting for the United States in World War I

Thursday, May 18th • 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

at the Willamette Heritage Center

May’s History in the News program is presented in partnership with the Oregon Historical Society, and features a presentation by and discussion with Dr. Adriane Lentz-Smith, Dr. Kimberly Jensen, and Dr. Steve Sabol.

Americans fought their wars for democracy at home as well as abroad. Wartime propaganda and policies defined new rules for the status and practice of citizenship in Oregon and across the nation. Women activists, for example, claimed a more complete female citizenship. For women of color and women in ethnic communities, this push intersected with claims and contestations rooted in their racial and ethnic identities and pushed back against a system of white racism that seemed destined and determined to expand. Native Americans, African Americans, immigrants, and hosts of others all engaged in war-related debates and activism that furthered their ongoing claims to civic rights and obligations. Some saw the promise of citizenship through wartime loyalty in support of government programs and the war effort. Others claimed a citizen’s right to dissent, often paying a high price to do so. This panel will provide audiences an overview of these histories and create opportunity for discussion about their ongoing legacies today.

Kimberly Jensen is Professor of History and Gender Studies at Western Oregon University. She is the author of Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War (2008) and is completing a book project “Civic Borderlands: Oregon Women, Citizenship, Civil Liberties and the Surveillance State, 1913-1925.”

Adriane Lentz-Smith is Associate Professor of History, Women’s Studies, and African & African-American Studies at Duke University. A historian of the black freedom struggle and the United States in the World, she is the author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I. She is currently working on a new book project on African Americans and state violence in the post-civil-rights years.

Steven Sabol is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  His forthcoming book, “The Touch of Civilization”: Comparing American and Russian Internal Colonization, is scheduled to be published by the University Press of Colorado in February 2017. In addition, he is co-editing North Carolina During the First World War, forthcoming in late 2017 with the University of Tennessee Press.  He is the former editor of two different scholarly journals, Nationalities Papers and First World War Studies.

History in the News is FREE and open to the public! Food and drink will be available for purchase from Taproot Lounge & Cafe. Join us for History in the News on the third Thursday of each month through November, presented in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities, is sponsored by KMUZ Community Radio, and with the support of our communications partner, Salem City Club.

 

May
27
Sat
2017
Fleece to Fiber: Pioneer Toys @ Willamette Heritage Center
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fleece to Fiber: Pioneer Toys

Saturday, May 27th • 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Little House on the Chemeketa Prairie? You bet! This month’s focus will be on pioneer life, specifically the toys that pioneer children created and enjoyed. We’ll examine toys from the Willamette Heritage Center collection and hear the stories of Willamette Valley children who play with them. Then kids will have the option of creating several types of fiber-related toys from classroom supplies.

Fleece to Fiber classes are held at the Willamette Heritage Center and combine the rich historical setting, collections, and textile equipment of our museum with quality instruction in primitive textile craft skills. Class cost is $25 and for kids only (ages 10 and up). Class size is limited to 10 students and require 4 students to carry. To register, use the form at the bottom of www.willametteheritage.org/classes-workshops/ or contact Kaylyn at (503) 585-7012 ext. 257.

Textile Arts: Beginning Spinning with Heather Lawrence @ Willamette Heritage Center
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Are you interested in creating your own yarn and wanting to learn how to spin? This is the perfect opportunity to learn from a local textile expert with over 15 years of experience, Heather Lawrence. Heather and class participants will discuss the basic types of spindles for hand spinning and the basics of wool and how fibers are prepared.

Students will learn how to draft fiber and spin it into a single yarn and will discuss and explore ways to ply your newly created single and how to finish and set the yarn.

Preregistration is required for this class by Wednesday, January 25th. The class costs $45 for WHC members and $50 for non-members. Visit willametteheritage.org/classes-workshops/ to sign up.

Jun
1
Thu
2017
Volunteer Training
Jun 1 all-day
Members Exhibit Opening: Yesterdayland
Jun 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Members Exhibit Opening: Yesterdayland

Free Exhibit Preview event for WHC Members.  To learn more about becoming a member click here.

Jun
9
Fri
2017
Boon House Closed for Tours
Jun 9 – Jun 10 all-day

Boon House Closed to Public

Boon House ExteriorThe John D. Boon House will be closed to the public June 9th and 10th for repairs.  We are sorry for the inconvenience!

Jun
15
Thu
2017
History in the News @ Willamette Heritage Center
Jun 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

History in the News

LEEBIBLE by Ron Cooper

Photo by Ron Cooper

Third Thursday of each month through November | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

History in the News is back for a second season of providing historical context to current events. The topic for each month’s discussion will not be announced until one week prior to the event. Tune into our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) or join our mailing list to see the announcement!

History in the News is free and open to the public. Visit willametteheritage.org/history-in-the-news/ to learn more.