Willamette Heritage Center Welcomes Caboose #507

On July 28th, 2017 the Willamette Heritage Center will welcome Oregon and California Caboose #507! The caboose was retired in 1962 after some fifty years of service. There will be a live stream of the move during the day, as well as FREE ADMISSION!

Caboose #507 will be transported via I5 then lifted by crane to its new home. Photo courtesy WHC. 

Come learn about this new addition to the WHC as you explore the remnants of a turn of the century woolen mill.

Learn more here!

Salem Heritage Tourism Summit


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On Wednesday, April 30, 2014 about 40 representatives from Salem’s cultural and heritage organizations gathered at the Willamette Heritage Center to hear from Carolyn Brackett with the National Trust for Historic Preservation about how to build a successful cultural heritage tourism program.  The daylong workshop was opened by Salem’s Mayor Peterson, and included presentations by the National Trust and Travel Salem.  The workshop concluded with group discussions around themes which will be included within a new strategic plan for heritage tourism for the City.