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WHC Calendar

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

Nov
7
Tue
2017
Special Exhibit: “Fire: Celebrating the 160th Year of the Salem Fire Department”
Nov 7 – Dec 23 all-day

In 1857, Salem’s first fire company was established with a crew of dedicated volunteers. 160 years later, the professional force fields over 30,000 emergency calls per year. This exhibit allows visitors to follow the development of the department and its technology to see how fire has shaped our community over the past century.

Explore the exhibit through December 23rd, 2017 during regular museum hours (Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm).

Dec
19
Tue
2017
Magic at the Mill @ Willamette Heritage Center
Dec 19 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Magic at the Mill Postcard

Magic at the Mill

Tuesday, December 19th through Saturday, December 23rd

5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

First held in 2000, our annual holiday lights display brings all the magic of the season to downtown Salem.

Come take part in Children’s activities, miniature trains, tours of our historic buildings, blacksmith demonstrations, seasonal food and drink, Santa Claus (if you’ve been good!), and, of course, lots and lots of holiday lights.

Magic at the Mill gives families from the Mid-Willamette Valley the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and wonder of our remarkable site during this wonderful time of year.

Dec
20
Wed
2017
Magic at the Mill @ Willamette Heritage Center
Dec 20 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Magic at the Mill Postcard

Magic at the Mill

Tuesday, December 19th through Saturday, December 23rd

5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

First held in 2000, our annual holiday lights display brings all the magic of the season to downtown Salem.

Come take part in Children’s activities, miniature trains, tours of our historic buildings, blacksmith demonstrations, seasonal food and drink, Santa Claus (if you’ve been good!), and, of course, lots and lots of holiday lights.

Magic at the Mill gives families from the Mid-Willamette Valley the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and wonder of our remarkable site during this wonderful time of year.

Dec
21
Thu
2017
Magic at the Mill @ Willamette Heritage Center
Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Magic at the Mill Postcard

Magic at the Mill

Tuesday, December 19th through Saturday, December 23rd

5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

First held in 2000, our annual holiday lights display brings all the magic of the season to downtown Salem.

Come take part in Children’s activities, miniature trains, tours of our historic buildings, blacksmith demonstrations, seasonal food and drink, Santa Claus (if you’ve been good!), and, of course, lots and lots of holiday lights.

Magic at the Mill gives families from the Mid-Willamette Valley the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and wonder of our remarkable site during this wonderful time of year.

Dec
22
Fri
2017
Magic at the Mill @ Willamette Heritage Center
Dec 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Magic at the Mill Postcard

Magic at the Mill

Tuesday, December 19th through Saturday, December 23rd

5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

First held in 2000, our annual holiday lights display brings all the magic of the season to downtown Salem.

Come take part in Children’s activities, miniature trains, tours of our historic buildings, blacksmith demonstrations, seasonal food and drink, Santa Claus (if you’ve been good!), and, of course, lots and lots of holiday lights.

Magic at the Mill gives families from the Mid-Willamette Valley the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and wonder of our remarkable site during this wonderful time of year.

Dec
23
Sat
2017
Magic at the Mill @ Willamette Heritage Center
Dec 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Magic at the Mill Postcard

Magic at the Mill

Tuesday, December 19th through Saturday, December 23rd

5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

First held in 2000, our annual holiday lights display brings all the magic of the season to downtown Salem.

Come take part in Children’s activities, miniature trains, tours of our historic buildings, blacksmith demonstrations, seasonal food and drink, Santa Claus (if you’ve been good!), and, of course, lots and lots of holiday lights.

Magic at the Mill gives families from the Mid-Willamette Valley the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and wonder of our remarkable site during this wonderful time of year.

Sep
8
Sat
2018
Oregon Trail Live™ #7 @ Willamette Heritage Center
Sep 8 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Oregon Trail Live™ #7

Team competes in the Civil War Fort building challenge at Oregon Trail Live in 2017

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

Remember getting a pass from math class to play the old computer game “Oregon Trail”? The WHC is proud to bring the classic game (but not math class!) to life in our competitive event, Oregon Trail Live! OTL challenges teams of contestants to confront the difficulties of the Oregon Trail (as portrayed by the video game), from carrying 200 pounds of meat to running the rapids. Winner of the Outstanding Museum Educator award from the Oregon and California Trails Association and supported by the computer game’s developer, Oregon Trail Live provides a unique and fun way to learn about the Oregon Trail—while avoiding that dreaded fate of death by dysentery!

In this fun live-action game, teams compete in a variety of challenges across the Willamette Heritage Center's five-acre campus. Challenges often include (with new ones added regularly) a three-legged dysentery race, caulking your wagons, hunting for game, and more! At the end, we find out who the best (and most ill-fated) pioneers were in the award ceremony! This is a wonderful event for all ages.

OTL serves as an excellent educational opportunity by making history accessible, memorable, and FUN! Gather your family, friends, coworkers - anyone! - and test your pioneering skills at the Willamette Heritage Center. Grab a cold drink and some food in Miss Milly's Saloon & Arm Wrestling Emporium after your finish the "grueling" trek from Independence, Missouri and home to Oregon!

Stay tuned - team registrations will open in early summer 2018!