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What goes on day to day in the LArC department? Explore how the museum runs and what we do to preserve and interpret artifacts here.

March 2015

Changing Focus: Completely Redesigning the Exhibit’s Blueprints

March 2nd, 2015|Categories: Behind the Scenes, Exhibit News|Tags: , |

by TeAnna, Exhibit Intern Sometimes, whether it is writing a lengthy essay for your class, completing and designing a large project for work, or even reorganizing your room, your original plan does not always end up as the final product. In the midst of your work, new ideas or new information can appear that make you completely reconsider your current “game plan”. At first, these small epiphanies, as I like to call them, can seem like more work than it’s worth, but in the end, they really make the difference between a good finished product and an excellent finished product. […]

February 2015

March 2014

Bush College or Brush College?

March 27th, 2014|Categories: Behind the Scenes, Community Memories, History Experiences, History Tidbits, News from the Past, People, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Original Brush College Schoolhouse built in 1860.Photo courtesy of Salem-Keizer School District. In the past few weeks this question has come up several times here at the Willamette Heritage Center from people within our community and a person living out of state. The latest phone call came from a gentleman living in Minnesota. According to a self-published book containing the genealogy of his wife’s family, Asahel Bush founded a city and college named after himself, “Bush College” somewhere in the vicinity of Salem, Oregon. Our gentleman caller’s question? Where exactly was the college located in Salem and when was it founded. We all recognize the name of Asahel Bush, prominent editor and publisher of the Oregon Statesman during the second half of the 19th century and partner with W. S. Ladd in the Salem Ladd & Bush Bank. Bush house in Salem is listed in the National Register and a central feature of Bush Pasture Park. But a Bush College? Let’s turn first to the book Oregon Geographic Names. […]

April 2013

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January 2013

Just One More Thing: Adventures in Organizing an Archive

January 17th, 2013|Categories: Behind the Scenes, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

The following was written by our volunteer extraordinaire Sue after a very exciting day reorganizing one of five collections storage areas at the Willamette Heritage Center.  A huge “Thanks!” goes out to Sue, David, Adam and all the others that made this move possible. I’ve been showing off our newly discovered space to any and everybody unfortunate enough to come through the building.  Sometimes they have to tour it twice. By: Susanne Ranseen Some would think that archiving is an easy low stress job where the heaviest thing you move is boxes or maybe a few books. If you think that or know somebody who thinks that, I am here to inform you that your imagination has deceived you. Though archiving requires the moving of several boxes few are light weight and many collections involve more than just boxes and books. Take for example the storage room for the archive here.  It is filled to the brim with, yes boxes of various things and books of various ages and types, but also assorted collection pieces. So what are these assorted collection pieces? In our back room they range from arrowheads to the front of a bank and even one dam. Yes, you read me right, one dam. Remember this dam it will come in again later in the story. […]

January 2012

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