Classroom Resources

The Willamette Heritage Center has developed a series of curricula for teachers that can be implemented in the classroom.  Check out the links to the right.

Old Marion As They Knew Her

A Teacher’s Guide to Marion County in 1900.

Educational Activities for Teachers


Resources for Teachers

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…

Information Request

Erica Osorio     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 (Ext. 254), 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, 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 at 503-585-7012 (Ext. 254) or via email at 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 (Ext. 254) 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, typically along the west side of the parking lot, parallel to Mill Street.

What can we expect when we arrive?

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