Salem has been blessed with many exceptional mayors. During their terms our city has grown and changed and adjusted to trends and national and international events. Realizing how important their stories are to our history, we are very grateful to have the opportunity to talk to our former mayors and to record their stories and memories.
-Hazel Patton, March 2017
This oral history project was started in March 2017, spearheaded by Hazel Patton with photography provided by Caren Ann Jackson and technical support provided by the Willamette Heritage Center. The hope is to interview and photograph as many mayors as possible. The full interview recordings will be entered into the Willamette Heritage Center’s collections and made available for researchers through the Center’s research library and archives. Samples of the interviews will be posted below.
Additionally, a full list of mayors with biographies and information related to potential holdings in WHC’s Collections is provided below.