The Marion County Historical Society was established July 11, 1950 to promote historical research and education by collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting historic artifacts, manuscripts and photographs. It is one of the earliest county historical societies in Oregon and since 1955 has published a variety of journals and books.
Under the leadership of its first president, David Duniway, the society championed the preservation of the Jason Lee House and Parsonage, Thomas Kay Woolen Mill and Historic Deepwood Estate. In 1984, the society opened a museum and research library at its present site, the former Thomas Kay Woolen Mill Retail Store at Mission Mill Museum. A growing library-archive and publications sales area compliment the History Center.
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, noon to 4.
Admission to exhibits: Members, free Adults, $3.00 Children-Seniors $1.
Park in lot at Mission Mill, enter gate at the left of the Museum, walk up path and across the Millrace. Marion County Historical Society building is straight ahead, to the left of the Mill exhibit building.
When You Are Here:
Noon events in the Card Room of the Mill Building will begin in January of 2005. Bring a sack lunch from home or buy one in the Mission Mill restaurant.
January 26, 2005: "The First 75 Years - Salem 1850-1925", a slide show presented by Bob Tompkins.
February 23, 2005: "Local Historical Photographs", Monica Mersinger.
Historical documents and photographs in the library-archive may be accessed for research with the assistance of the Archivist and other staff members. Please call for an appointment. Back copies of "Historic Marion"and other publications, available in the publication area, contain articles about notable people, places and events in Salem’s past.
Now available: a reprint from a rare surviving copy of the 1878 "Historical Atlas Map of Marion and Linn Counties, Oregon" The cost is $20. The original was printed in San Francisco in a limited edition for subscrbers only.