WHC is seeking nominations for its annual Heritage Awards. To make a nomination for one or more of the awards, please submit a letter that includes the award category, your proposed nomination, and a description of why the person, persons or organization should be honored. Also include your and proposed nominee’s address, phone number and email. Please click here to view and download the nomination categories. Send the nomination to Samuel J. Wegner, Executive Director, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, OR 97301 or email email@example.com. The deadline is April 4, 2014, 5:00 pm.
Please note: The Boon House is now closed to the public for capital improvements through 5/09/2014.
Connecting Generations at the Mill
A visit to the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill is a stroll through the history of the Willamette Valley. The five-acre campus is home to fourteen historic structures that present the stories and richness of Oregon's past.
Pioneer buildings at the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill take visitors back to the early settlement of western Oregon. The 1841 Jason Lee House, arguably the oldest standing wooden frame house in Oregon, pre-dates the first wagon trains crossing the Oregon Trail. These structures provide a glimpse into the lives of the missionaries and pioneering families when these early founders were putting down roots in the Valley.
The 1895 Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, one of the best-preserved Victorian-Age factories in the West and designated an American Treasure by the National Park Service, vividly tells the story of industrialization in the West. See how it was to work in what was once a leading textile factory in Oregon, the legacy of which is continued today by Pendleton Woolen Mills. Changing exhibitions at the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill explore and highlight the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Mid-Willamette Valley.