Salem Historical Quarterly
Mission Mill Museum
1313 Mill Street

Magic at the Mill
The buildings of the former Thomas Kay Woolen Mill contain a museum interpreting the history of the mill, operated from 1889 to 1962. On the grounds are the relocated homes of the Methodist ministers who founded the city in 1842.

The Millrace, a diversion from Mill Creek, flowing through the property, was an important feature of the early Salem settlement and the source of power for the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill. As you visit historical sites, you will see this and other Salem Creeks. (Under Construction: a page on this website tracing the flow of Mill Creek from Cascade Park through Salem to the Willamette River.)

There is a large parking lot in front of the museum. Enter off Mill Street.

When You Are Here:
Please use the Mission Mill Museum website for more information about the following and other current activities:

December 11: Family Fun Saturday, make Pomander Balls, free 11-1pm

December 19-23: Magic at the Mill, $2. per person (members free) 5:30 - 8:30 pm

January 8: Family Fun Saturday, create a family crest, free 11-1pm

January 20: Speaker Series 2005 Celebrating the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in Oregon, the Oregon Trail Band, an eight-piece ensemble performing traditional and original music with five vocalists, 7:30 pm

February 12: Victorian Valentines Day, crafts and living history, $2. per person (members free) 10-2 pm

February 4 - April 16: Exhibit - Assignment Rescue - The Story of Varian Fry and the Emergency Rescue Committee

February 6: Presentation by Martin Goldman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a guest scholar speaks of rescue and survivors in the United States. 3 pm

February 17: Speaker Series 2005 Celebrating the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in Oregon, Tools of Survival - Weapons of the Corps of Discovery The speaker is Michael Carrick.

To Learn More:
The Mission Mill Website is an excellent source of information about this site.

At is a profile of Thomas Kay. A history of Mission Mill can be found at this additional site.

The Salem Oregon Convention and Visitors Association, located at Mission Mill Museum, offers additional information about local events at .