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Willamette Heritage Center Special Exhibits

November 7 - December 23, 2017

Fire: Celebrating 160 Years of the Salem Fire Department

Early 1900s photo of Salem Fire Department with two horse drawn carriages and nine fire fighters

WHC 2011.006.0921.

Salem's first fire company was established with a crew of dedicated volunteers in 1857. Since then, it has grown into a professional force fielding over 26,000 emergency calls per year.

The Willamette Heritage Center is proud to partner with the Salem Fire Department and Salem Fire Foundation to honor 160 years of committed service and dedication from our firefighters. "Fire: Celebrating 160 Years of the Salem Fire Department" allows visitors to follow the development of the department and its technology to see how fire has shaped our community over the past century.

Explore the exhibit from Tuesday, November 7th to Saturday, December 23rd from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.

Members of the WHC and the Salem Fire Foundation  are invited to  attend the exhibit opening reception will be held on Monday, November 6th, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Presentations will be made by Salem Fire Department and Salem Fire Foundation personnel, and attendees will be treated to delicious food from Roth's, and wine from Willamette Valley Vineyards. Please RSVP to Jenna Wyatt at 503-585-7012 or

The reception is open to members of the Willamette Heritage Center and the Salem Fire Foundation. To become a member of either organization, follow the appropriate link below:

WHC Membership

SFF Membership

Special exhibits at the Willamette Heritage Center are free with regular museum admission.  Remember, members get UNLIMITED free admission to the museum and exhibit spaces. Become a member today to take advantage of this great benefit.