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Artifact Spotlight

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Take a look at interesting materials from our collections.

May 2016

Are you gaining at least a 1/2 lb per month?

May 20th, 2016|Categories: Artifact Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Public Health Campaign Nine-year-old Siviter Ward Horn (1914-2004) wore this public health campaign tag home from Highland School in 1923, encouraging him and his family [...]

October 2015

Provenance Problems

October 14th, 2015|Categories: Artifact Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Monogram on Parasol Handle, WHC 0083.035.0002 This is the handle of a parasol. Like many articles in the museum’s collections it was accepted with very little documentation as to where it came from. The official deed of gift reads: “Handle for parasol – pearl on gold.” While it is pretty and unique, this doesn’t do a lot for us when we are trying to tell its story or put it on display. When I sit down to write a label I need to be able to answer basic questions like how old is it or who owned it? Also, as our storage areas become crowded, we are constantly asking “why is this piece worth keeping?” Determining if it has any connection to the Mid-Valley is one of the first criteria for keeping and preserving it. So the research begins, and it isn’t always very easy. Luckily, this piece came with a clue to help us wade through the documentation. The end of the piece is monogramed with the letters “C.E.F.” Also, luckily, this piece has an original deed of gift claiming the materials were donated by “Eline Croisan Farmer and Edna Farmer Day” through an intermediary. […]

Hello Alice – Haas family postcard 1908

October 2nd, 2015|Categories: Artifact Spotlight, People, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Contributed by WHC volunteer Mike Nugent Oregon State Reform School WHC x2013.010.0022 WHC x2013.010.0022             Hello [...]

June 2015

William James Culver and an Unlikely Restaurant Connection

June 22nd, 2015|Categories: Artifact Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Receipt for meals for prisoners made out to W.J. Culver. WHC Collections 1994.056.0023. by Sue Masse and Kylie Pine In pulling together materials for our exhibit about Salem Restaurant History, we came across this receipt (WHC 1994.056.0023) for services made out to W.J. Culver.  Knowing from other tax receipts and sources that a W.J. Culver had served as Marion County Sheriff, we found this quite intriguing.  As it turns out, this receipt is proof of a […]

February 2015

Artifact Research Using the Internet: Whiteaway, Laidlaw & Co.

February 17th, 2015|Categories: Artifact Spotlight, Behind the Scenes, History Tidbits, Research Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by TeAnna, Exhibit Intern While researching clothing pieces, you find out some pretty cool things such as how far the clothing article potentially traveled or [...]

The Historical Value of Your Basketball Jersey from the 5th Grade

February 2nd, 2015|Categories: Artifact Spotlight, Research Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by TeAnna, Exhibits Intern Back at my parent's house, you can find a grey, one gallon storage tub in the attic.  This tub is essentially [...]

January 2015

Dear Rosie: WWII Era letter from Lowell Arthur Walling

January 12th, 2015|Categories: Artifact Spotlight, History Tidbits, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

by M.J.Nugent letter found in the Rosa Cole Patterson Collection 2002.028.0001 Long Beach, Calif July 22, 1941 Dear Rosie, I thought I’d drop you a [...]

December 2014

November 2014

Holiday Inn Dedication, 1965

November 27th, 2014|Categories: Artifact Spotlight, Can You Identify?|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Willamette Heritage Center, 2014.079.0001 This recently donated photo to the Willamette Heritage Center (2014.079.0001) shows the elaborate dedication ceremony of the Holiday Inn in Salem in 1965. In the center is Vern Miller chopping the ribbon. Other individuals are unidentified. Can you help use ID them? Thanks to our volunteer Mike N., we have been able to pull together a little more information about the Holiday Inn. According to what he found in his research: […]