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The Willamette Heritage Center is on the National Register of Historic Places and in 2003 our Historic Thomas Kay Woolen Mill buildings were designated an American Treasure by the National Park Service. We are within five blocks of the State Capital Building and the Hallie Ford Gallery at Willamette University.

Activities can be adapted to suit a variety of needs. Our tours and activities assist in meeting Common Core Curriculum standards with creative, hands-on activities.

Free individual Memberships with the WHC are available to Oregon teachers who bring in their school identification.

Through tours and activities students learn about:

  • Local History
  • Salem’s Story
  • Oregon History
  • Oregon’s Age of Exploration
  • The Kalapuya
  • Historic Houses
  • The Migration West
  • Industrialization in Oregon
  • Beginning Archaeology

And More...

Complete Education Program Guide

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Information Request

Detailed information on how our activities contribute to helping students meet and exceed Common Core Curriculum and Oregon State Standards is available by contacting our Education Department.

Kathleen Schulte Education Coordinator 503-585-7012 (Ext.254)

Fill out the form below if you would like us to contact you!


How do I register?

  • Please complete an information request form online, or call our Education Department at 503-585-7012, Monday through Friday from 9:00-4:00
  • A confirmed reservation and deposit MUST be in place at least two weeks before your visit

What time can we start?

  • We open at 10:00 Monday through Saturday
  • When scheduling your times, please allow time for unloading buses, restroom breaks and dividing students into groups

What are your minimum and maximum numbers for scheduling?

  • All groups have a minimum of 10 people
  • Mill tours have a maximum of 75 people
  • House tour have a maximum of 45 people
  • Mill tours and one activity have a maximum of 60 people
  • House tours and one activity have a maximum of 60 people

Do you charge for teachers and chaperones?

  • We require one adult chaperone for every five students

These can be teachers, parents, volunteers or other staff?

  • Any adults over this one adult to five student ratio will be charged the student rate

What if the number of students changes?

  • Changes of 3 more or 3 less are expected as routine
  • Please notify our Education Department or 503-585-7012 ext 254 for any other changes

What if I have to cancel?

  • We may have other groups interested in scheduling, so please notify our Education Department as soon as possible at 503-585-7012 or via email at

We may have other groups interested in scheduling?

  • Your deposit is non – refundable
  • We can hold your deposit up to one year from your original date to allow for rescheduling

What if we are going to be late?

  • Our policy is to begin and  end at the scheduled times
  • Our tour guides and activity leaders are volunteers who have generously offered to share their time with your students
  • Groups over 15 minutes late may have their visits reduced by a corresponding amount of time

Where can we have lunch?

  • We have picnic tables scattered around our grounds and along the mill race
  • In case of rain we try to accommodate you in a building but cannot guarantee availability

If no space is available, we suggest you eat in your bus or vehicles

Where can we park?

  • Buses can drop students off at designated area in front of the Warehouse building.
  • A representative of the WHC will inform the driver where to park

Usually this will be along the West side of the parking lot, parallel to the Mill Street fence

What can we expect when we arrive?

  • Please unload students if you have chaperones to keep them gathered and safe
  • Please send a representative to the Visitors' desk in the Warehouse to let staff know you have arrived and take care of fees and any paperwork
  • Staff will give your further instructions on where students will go and dividing into groups