WHC Heritage Club

Members of the Heritage Club understand the importance of preserving and interpreting the history of our area. They support the museum’s mission and goal to become the premier regional history museum in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

Financial support

Membership begins at $1,000 or more each year. If you wish to pledge your gift/support over the year, please contact the Executive Director for additional information.


Special benefits come with WHC’s Heritage Club membership including invitations to Heritage Club Receptions and Exclusive Gathering. Generally three or four private gatherings are held during the year. Examples of past gatherings include:

  • Museum Salon and reception with Curator Kylie Pine featuring new and interesting artifacts from WHC’s collection
  • Dinner and visit to historic homes in Salem
  • A private showing of new exhibits in the Methodist Parsonage and reception on the lawn
  • Special behind the scenes tours of the Oregon State Law Library and the Archives of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde
  • Wine tasting and food pairings at the historic 1920s Paulus House
  • A private meet and greet with Heritage Award speaker Jane Kirkpatrick

Regular member benefits:

  •       Free admission to the museum, exhibits and research library Monday through Saturdays 10:00 – 5:00 excluding holidays
  •       Invitation to exhibit opening receptions
  •       Four WHC Newsletters each year to keep up-to-date with happenings around WHC
  •       10% discount on museum items, Pendleton blankets and books in the gift shop
  •       Discount on events, classes and lectures

Additional VIP benefits:

  •       Four museum guest passes
  •       Complimentary museum group tour (by appointment)
  •       Behind the scenes tour with Curator (by appointment)
  •       Free admission passes to Magic at the Mill and History Was Here for you to give to your family and friends
  •       Membership in Time Travelers http://timetravelers.mohistory.org/institutions a network of museums and historical societies across the country that offer free or discounted admission to members
  •       Offered first access to purchase tickets to special functions such as the Fall Gala and Heritage Awards
  •       Invitation to selected programs and lectures such as the WHC docent programs