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Garden Tour at Gaiety Hollow in #SalemOR – June 24th

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Join us on June 24th for a tour of the Lord & Schryver designed gardens at Gaiety Hollow!

The tour starts at 10:30am.

545 Mission Street | Salem, OR | 97301

Experience the gardens and learn more about their stories with our docents. Enjoy old-fashioned flowers like Canterbury bells, zinnias, ageratum, Delphinium, Heliotrope, and roses.

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See the restoration in progress.

Feel welcome to ask questions and take photographs.

Each tour is $5 for those over the age of 16.

More information on the Visit page



History in the News at Willamette Heritage Center – Thurs., June 15th

“Real Histories of ‘Fake’ News:

The Politics of Journalism in Oregon’s Past”

Thursday, June 15 at 5:30 PM

Willamette Heritage Center | Dye House

The roundtable:

  • Barbara Mahoney, author of The Salem Clique: Oregon’s Founding Brothers (http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/salem-clique)
  • Dick Hughes, founder and principle of Hughesisms LLC and long-time reporter, columnist, and editor at the Statesman Journal
  • Seth Cotlar, professor of history at Willamette University.

For more information on these speakers and the program, see the History in the News webpage (https://www.willametteheritage.org/history-in-the-news/) or our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1109135295897953/

Hope to see you Thursday in the WHC’s Dye House from 5:30-7pm.

Our friends from Taproot Lounge & Café will have delicious food and beverage available for purchase.

The program is free and open to the public.

History in the News at Willamette Heritage Center in #SalemOR – May 18th

True-Sons-of-Freedom-Library-of-CongressHistory in the News Presents:

Citizenship and Civil Liberties on the World War I Home Front

Thursday, May 18th • 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

at the Willamette Heritage Center

May’s History in the News program is presented in partnership with the Oregon Historical Society and features a presentation by and discussion with Dr. Adriane Lentz-Smith, Dr. Kimberly Jensen, and Dr. Steve Sabol.

Americans fought their wars for democracy at home as well as abroad. Wartime propaganda and policies defined new rules for the status and practice of citizenship in Oregon and across the nation. Women activists, for example, claimed a more complete female citizenship. For women of color and women in ethnic communities, this push intersected with claims and contestations rooted in their racial and ethnic identities and pushed back against a system of white racism that seemed destined and determined to expand. Native Americans, African Americans, immigrants, and hosts of others all engaged in war-related debates and activism that furthered their ongoing claims to civic rights and obligations. Some saw the promise of citizenship through wartime loyalty in support of government programs and the war effort. Others claimed a citizen’s right to dissent, often paying a high price to do so. This panel will provide audiences an overview of these histories and create opportunity for discussion about their ongoing legacies today.

Kimberly Jensen is Professor of History and Gender Studies at Western Oregon University. She is the author of Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War (2008) and is completing a book project “Civic Borderlands: Oregon Women, Citizenship, Civil Liberties and the Surveillance State, 1913-1925.”

Adriane Lentz-Smith is Associate Professor of History, Women’s Studies, and African & African-American Studies at Duke University. A historian of the black freedom struggle and the United States in the World, she is the author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I. She is currently working on a new book project on African Americans and state violence in the post-civil-rights years.

Steven Sabol is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  His forthcoming book, “The Touch of Civilization”: Comparing American and Russian Internal Colonization, is scheduled to be published by the University Press of Colorado in February 2017. In addition, he is co-editing North Carolina During the First World War, forthcoming in late 2017 with the University of Tennessee Press.  He is the former editor of two different scholarly journals, Nationalities Papers and First World War Studies.

History in the News is FREE and open to the public!

Food and drink will be available for purchase from Taproot Lounge & Cafe.

Join us for History in the News on the third Thursday of each month through November.

History in the News is presented in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities and is sponsored by KMUZ Community Radio with the support of our communications partner, Salem City Club.

History in the News: Immigration in Oregon’s Past and Present – at Willamette Heritage Center in #SalemOR


Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Willamette Heritage Center

1313 Mill Street SE, Suite 200
Salem, Oregon

Recent anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions – and the resistance to such words and deeds — highlights the need for clearer understanding of the history of immigration, immigration law, and immigrant rights. The first program of the 2017 History in the News series will explore this history in Oregon, from laws designed to limit Chinese and Japanese immigration in the 19th and early 20th century to Salem’s recent decision to become an “inclusive city.”

Roundtable Panelists:

  • Ellen Eisenberg is the Dwight & Margaret Lear Professor of American History at Willamette University.  Her research centers on the history of American immigrant and ethnic communities, particularly American Jewish communities.  Her published work includes a two-volume history of Jews in Oregon: Embracing a Western Identity: Jewish Oregonians 1849-1950 (2015) and The Jewish Oregon Story, 1950-2010 (2016).
  • Michael Niño is an assistant professor of sociology at Willamette University. His teaching interests include Latina/o Sociology, Medical Sociology, and Quantitative Methods and Statistics. In terms of his research, Professor Niño uses a variety of national data sources to develop, test, and promote the scientific understanding of population health among marginalized groups. His research has been published in a number of academic journals such as International Migration Review, Addictive Behaviors, and the Journal of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.
  • John Ritter is a well-known historian of Salem and the Mid-Willamette Valley who has taught history at a variety of institutions in the region, including Linfield College and Corban University. Prof. Ritter has brought history to a wider audience in many different ways, from public talks on topics such as the state penitentiary to tours of Salem’s forgotten underground tunnels.
  • Julie Weise is an associate professor of history at University of Oregon. her research and teaching explore themes of identity, citizenship, migration, race, and nations in hemispheric and global context. Her published work includes Corazon de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015) in addition to academia, Prof. Weise worked in the administration of Mexico’s President Vicente Fox as a speedwriter and researcher for the cabinet-level Office of the President for Mexicans Living Abroad in j20101-2002, and she has worked as a translator, paralegal, project manager, and policy researcher at immigration-related agencies in New Haven and Los Angeles.

This program is FREE and open to the public.

Food and drink will be available for purchase courtesy of Taproot Lounge & Cafe.

History in the News is presented in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities, with the sponsorship of KMUZ Community Radio, and with our communications partner Salem City Club.


Willamette Heritage Center Presents: History in the News “Election Reflections” – Nov. 17th in #SalemOR


Willamette Heritage Center Presents:

History in the News: Election Reflections

Thursday, November 17th | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, Oregon

Many people consider the election of 2016 the most acrimonious and toxic in memory, and perhaps in U.S. history. After the election, many wonder what the political and social consequences of such deep divisions will be. This History in the News program considers historical precedents for this election and its aftermath, as well as unprecedented developments. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

History in the News is made possible by a grant from Oregon Humanities, is sponsored in part by KMUZ community radio, and in partnership with Salem City Club and the Statesman Journal.  

Special Event: Inaugural Lecture of the Obed & Charlotte Dickinson Lecture Series in #SalemOR – Oct. 28th


Dr. Jennifer Jopp, Professor of History at Willamette University will deliver the Inaugural lecture

Fighting the Good Fight –
Obed Dickenson & the Struggle for Racial Justice in Oregon

Friday, October 28, 2016, 7:00 PM

First Congregational United Church of Christ
700 Marion St. NE
Salem, Oregon

Join us for the first in the Obed & Charlotte Dickinson Lecture Series!

Willamette University history professor Dr. Jennifer Jopp discusses the period of time when Obed Dickinson, the first pastor of Salem’s First Congregational Church, preached against the sins of slavery.
Abolitionists Obed and Charlotte Dickinson served the cause of racial justice at First Congregational Church in Salem, Oregon when Obed served as the church’s first pastor (1852-1867).

History in the News at Willamette Heritage Center in #SalemOR – Thursday, Oct. 20th

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History in the News

Willamette Heritage Center Dye House
1313 Mill Street SE
Salem OR 97301

Thursday, October 20, 2016
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Please join us to explore the origins and evolution of Oregon’s systems of public funding, how that history has led to the present debate about Measure 97, and how better understanding of the history of taxation in Oregon might inform our discussions about taxation now and in the future.

History in the News is FREE and open to the public.

History in the News is every third Thursday of each month, July through November | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

The program is made possible by a grant from Oregon Humanities, is sponsored by KMUZ 88.5 FM, and is presented in partnership with Salem City Club and the Statesman Journal. Visit willametteheritage.org/history-in-the-news/ for details.

Photo: Ida Baille behind counter at tax collectors office Marion County. WHC 2004.010.0059.