Social Distancing Learning Resources

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The museum closure doesn’t mean we are going to stop connecting generations. Even if you are stuck at home, social media and the web offer lots of opportunities to learn about our local history. You’ll find on this page a wide variety of resources you can use while keeping yourself and our community healthy.

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History Pin Tours 

Take a literal or virtual tour through our local history.  These thematic tours take you on a walk through the sites and scenes where local history happened.  Pull the map up on your phone and take a walk to see the sites in person (keeping CDC recommended 6 feet of space), do a drive by tour or just scroll through on your home laptop.  A new tour will be uploaded every Monday morning through April 28, 2020. 

See all the tours

Tour Index: 

WHC 2015.025.0018

Built by Beer:  A history of the hops industry in Salem 

A walking tour that explores the brewing history and heritage of Salem, Oregon.

The front of a historic postcard.

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1930s Picture Postcard Salem

Greetings from Salem, Oregon! This tour is based on a souvenir folder of postcards from the collection of the Willamette Heritage Center (X2013.8.1)

Photo from a History Pin as part of the Social Distancing Learning Resources

Advertisement appeared in the CAPITAL JOURNAL newspaper, 31 May 1924.

https://www.historypin.org/en/electric-alley/

Businesses near Electric Alley in Salem, Oregon in the early 20th Century that utilized new electric appliances and helped get them into Salem homes.

Photo from a History Pin as part of the Social Distancing Learning Resources

Mission House M3 1986-007-0002

https://www.historypin.org/en/methodist-mission-sites/

This tour was researched and compiled by Ross Sutherland (Marion County Historical Society) in 2006 for a reunion of Methodist Mission descendants.

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https://www.historypin.org/en/schooldays/

Historic school buildings in Salem, Oregon from the first log cabin school erected in 1850 thru 1915.

Photo from a History Pin as part of the Social Distancing Learning Resources

Baumgartner House – SHINE

https://www.historypin.org/en/on-the-move/

Historic Salem residences and structures that have changed locations over time.

Photo from a History Pin as part of the Social Distancing Learning Resources

Eola School – Early, WHC 2007.001.0367

https://www.historypin.org/en/historic-eola/

Just off Highway 22, now incorporated into the town of West Salem lies the pioneer community of Eola.

Photo from a History Pin as part of the Social Distancing Learning Resources

Court Street Dairy WHC 1984.053.0205

https://www.historypin.org/en/salem-50-business-club/

Salem businesses that have survived in the downtown core for more than 50 years and are still in operation today.

Circus Parade 2007.001.0520

https://www.historypin.org/en/strike-up-the-band-parades/

Parades and celebrations from the history of Salem, Oregon.

Photo from a History Pin as part of the Social Distancing Learning Resources

Hubbard School WHC 2009.054.0072

https://www.historypin.org/en/hubbard-on-the-road-to-a-thousand-wonders/

Just a few blocks off the commercial corridor of 99E in a quiet neighborhood, lie the historic remnants of a once-bustling pioneer town.

Couch Historian Web Courses

Have a computer? Stuck at home? Our Research Library and Archives mascot Maude A. Spider will teach you how to navigate the interwebs and learn more about your local history from the comfort of your own home. Hone your online research skills, learn about free web resources and learn how to spin your own histories in her weekly web episodes. Test your new skills with a skills test worksheet! Every Wednesday morning through April 28, 2020.

Episodes:

Episode 1 (March 25): How old is this house?

An introduction to the Marion County Assessor’s Office Property Records, City of Salem’s Historic Building Map and the Oregon Historic Sites Database.

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/BKoqV5gbFNw

Download the practice exercises here: How Old is this House? Practice Exercises
Download the answer key here: How Old is this House? Answer Key

Episode 2 (April 1): All the News

Have a computer? Stuck at home? Our Research Library and Archives mascot Maude A. Spider will teach you how to navigate the interwebs and learn more about learn more about your local history from the comfort of your own home.

In this week’s episode we will explore two free, online newspaper databases:

All websites are free to use and open to the public!

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/QCDfpHOrWRY

Want to test out your newly honed research skills? Try your hand at this worksheet, that has challenges that can be answered by using the websites featured.

Download the practice exercises here: All the News Practice Exercises
Download the answer key here: All the News Answer Key

Enjoyed this video? Check back every Wednesday morning through April 28, 2020 for a new one! Learn more about researching Mid-Willamette Valley History and the Willamette Heritage Center at www.willametteheritage.org/research.

Episode 3 (April 8): Fun With Historical Maps

Have a computer? Stuck at home? Our Research Library and Archives mascot Maude A. Spider will teach you how to navigate the interwebs and learn more about learn more about your local history from the comfort of your own home.

In today’s episode we go back to what Oregon looked like in the 1850s and 1860s and introduce how to use Government Land Office Records and translate them to modern maps.

We’ll explore:

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/0tJd6MTNOA4

Want to test out your newly honed research skills? Try your hand at this worksheet, that has challenges that can be answered by using the websites featured. 

Download the practice exercises here: Fun with Historical Maps Practice Exercises
Download the answer key here: Fun With Historical Maps Answer Key

Enjoyed this video? Check back every Wednesday morning through April 28, 2020 for a new one! Learn more about researching Mid-Willamette Valley History and the Willamette Heritage Center at www.willametteheritage.org/research.

Episode 4 (April 15): Introduction to Census Records

Have a computer? Stuck at home? Our Research Library and Archives mascot Maude A. Spider will teach you how to navigate the interwebs and learn more about your local history from the comfort of your own home.

In today’s episode we look at Census Records and what they can tell us about people living in our community in the past.

We’ll explore:

***Note: Both of these resources are free to access, but you will need to set up a free account with FamilySearch.org to access their materials.

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/0SDBYhXaccw

Want to test out your newly honed research skills? Try your hand at this worksheet, that has challenges that can be answered by using the websites featured.

Download the practice exercises here: Introduction to Census Records Practice Exercises
Download the blank census tracking form here: Census Tracking Form

Download the answer key here: Introduction to Census Records Answer Key

Enjoyed this video? Check back every Wednesday morning through April 28, 2020 for a new one! Learn more about researching Mid-Willamette Valley History and the Willamette Heritage Center at www.willametteheritage.org/research.

Episode 5: Finding Historic Photographs Online

Have a computer? Stuck at home? Our Research Library and Archives mascot Maude A. Spider will teach you how to navigate the interwebs and learn more about learn more about your local history from the comfort of your own home.

In today’s episode, explore eight websites that can help you on your search for historical photographs documenting this history of the Mid-Willamette Valley.

We’ll explore resources from:

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/lJF4cvRpVUc

Want to test out your newly honed research skills? Try your hand at this worksheet, that has challenges that can be answered by using the websites featured.

Download the practice exercises here: Finding Historic Photographs Online Practice Exercises
Download the answer key here: Finding Historical Photographs Online Answer Key

Enjoyed this video? Check back every Wednesday morning through April 28, 2020 for a new one! Learn more about researching Mid-Willamette Valley History and the Willamette Heritage Center at www.willametteheritage.org/research

Episode 6: Marion County Surveys and Deeds

Have a computer? Stuck at home? Our Research Library and Archives mascot Maude A. Spider will teach you how to navigate the interwebs and learn more about your local history from the comfort of your own home.

In today’s episode, we’ll introduce two simple tools for finding property records, deeds and surveys in Marion County, Oregon.

We’ll look at the:

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/zyw4LLp35kw

Want to test out your newly honed research skills? Try your hand at this worksheet, that has challenges that can be answered by using the websites featured.

Download the practice exercises here: Marion County Surveys and Deeds Practice Sheet 
Download the answer key here: Marion County Surveys and Deeds Answer Key

Enjoyed this video? Learn more about researching Mid-Willamette Valley History and the Willamette Heritage Center at www.willametteheritage.org/research and check out past episodes!

Lesson Plans 

Looking for some guidance in how to teach your kids some history at home? Check out the following curriculum created for classroom use. 

Old Marion As They Knew Her 

Old Marion As They Knew Her: Lesson Guide 

Welcome to Marion County in 1900!  This guide includes 10 lessons looking at how county has changed over the last century or more. 

Pinterest Education Activity Boards

Looking for educational activities or to learn a new skill?  Check out the WHC’s Education boards on Pinterest for fun and boredom busting! 

https://www.pinterest.com/WHCSalem/boards/

Oral History Interviews 

Tired of Netflix?  Been through all your podcasts?  Take a listen to some local stories in the WHC’s Voices of the Valley project.  Interviews from people past and present.

https://www.willametteheritage.org/collections/voices/