WHC Calendar

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

Jan
20
Fri
2017
Exhibit: Nature and Community @ Changing Exhibit Gallery
Jan 20 – Apr 15 all-day

Nature and Community: Heritage Invitational Exhibit

Fri. January 20, 2017 – Sat. May 15, 2017
The Mid-Willamette Valley possesses myriad complex ecological systems and natural characteristics.  Water, soil, forests, wildlife and minerals have shaped the economies, settlement patterns, leisure activities, and identities of the communities in the region.  Humans in the valley have also been shaping the natural landscape to meet their needs and ideals since time immemorial.  Native agriculture and burning practices sculpted the valley’s iconic oak savanna, power development and flood controls in our cities have dammed and shaped our waterways, and the current trend in urbanization is transforming agricultural regions into cityscapes.  This exhibit and subsequent programming will look at the relationship between humans and their natural environment in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

This exhibit is included in regular admission to the Willamette Heritage Center. It is free for WHC Members and members of participating organizations.

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Feb
22
Wed
2017
Annual Member and Volunteer Appreciation Meeting @ Willamette Heritage Center
Feb 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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The Willamette Heritage Center’s Annual Member and Volunteer Appreciation Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the Dye House. All members and volunteers are invited and encouraged to attend. During the meeting, the WHC’s Annual Report will be presented and Board elections will be conducted. In addition, members and volunteers will be treated to dinner and historical entertainment!

Please RSVP by February 13th to Kathy Wilson, WHC Membership & Volunteer Specialist, by email to kathyw@willametteheritage.org or by phone at 503.585.7012, extension 245. See you on February 22nd!

Mar
4
Sat
2017
Textile Arts: Pine Needle Pendants @ Willamette Heritage Center
Mar 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fragrant pine needles coiled with Irish waxed linen are the main ingredients for making this natural pendant to wear home. This class is perfect for beginners or seasoned coilers.

Learn the basic swirl stitch, how to add floating beads between coil rows and adding patterns while wrapping your coil bundles. All the techniques you learn can later be used to make baskets and sculptural vessels.
$7.00 materials fee includes all materials used in class to make one pendant.  Materials will include Longleaf pine needles, a large selection of Irish Waxed linen, size 11 seed beads in many colors, sewing needles, leather neck cording and written instructions to take home.
Please bring a sack lunch and a water bottle!
Preregistration is required by March 1st at 5:00 pm. Class costs $45 for WHC members, $50 for non-members, and $40 when registering for three or more classes at one time. Visit willametteheritage.org/classes-workshops/ to sign up.

Mar
16
Thu
2017
History in the News @ Willamette Heritage Center
Mar 16 @ 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.

Mar
25
Sat
2017
Urban Homesteaders: The Basic Blacksmith @ Willamette Heritage Center
Mar 25 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Urban Homesteaders: The Basic Blacksmith

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Saturday, March 25th | 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Our first Basic Blacksmith class is a demonstration and lecture on the tricks and tools needed to work with coal. Experienced instructor Richard Staats will use our historic forge to show how a blacksmith manages this unusuel fuel. Our Basic Blacksmith courses are great for the curious, the beginner, or blacksmiths interested in traditional skills and materials.

Urban Homesteader workshops cost $45 for WHC members, $50 for non-members, and $40 when registering for three or more classes at one time.

Preregistration is required for this class. Visit willametteheritage.org/classes-workshops/ to sign up.

Apr
7
Fri
2017
25th Annual Heritage Awards @ Willamette Heritage Center
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Mark your calendars for the 25th Annual Heritage Awards, coming on Friday, April 7th, 2017! Details to be announced.

Apr
20
Thu
2017
History in the News @ Willamette Heritage Center
Apr 20 @ 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.

Apr
22
Sat
2017
Textile Arts: Knitting Socks with Straight Needles @ Willamette Heritage Center
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Textile Arts: Knitting Socks with Straight Needles

Saturday, April 22nd and April 28th| 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Experienced textile artist Barb Barraclouth will be introducing students to knitting socks with straight needles, a novel technique inspired by the book, “Knit Your Socks on Straight”, by Alice Curtis.

Textile Arts classes cost $45 for WHC members, $50 for non-members, and $40 when registering for three or more classes at one time. This class requires two sessions, and preregistration is required at willametteheritage.org/classes-workshops/ .

May
6
Sat
2017
Textile Arts: Beginning Spinning with Heather Lawrence @ Willamette Heritage Center
May 6 @ 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.

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

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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!