Last night at Salem’s City Council meeting, the Mayor officially received the Oregon Heritage All-Star Designation from the Oregon Heritage Commission.
The designation of the City of Salem as a Heritage All Star Community not only recognizes the town’s past, but also celebrates the collective and tireless work of individuals and organizations preserve, interpret, and share Salem’s history and culture for the greater enrichment of the community. The legacy of these efforts provide for residents and visitors alike the unique and authentic opportunities to visit and art, history, or children’s museums; attend a play or concert; take a pleasurable walk; or taste the valley’s wines and cuisine in historic buildings and districts. The Mayor and Council’s recent steps to preserve historic places and promote cultural tourism reaffirm the town’s ongoing commitment to its past and future. The award-winning rehabilitation of the Union Street Railroad Bridge in 2009 and the project underway to restore the Railway Express Agency Depot, one of Salem’s oldest buildings, are just two examples. For Salem, the Heritage All Star Community Designation is an opportunity to assess not only what has been accomplished thus far, but also what yet can be done. As a community, we look forward to meeting that challenge.