Salem Sightseeing & UM History sites
Date: May 6, 2016
Departure : 9:00am – 2:00pm
Pickup Location: 8:45am – 9:00am loading from Double Tree Hotel
Cost: $54.00 per person

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willamette heritage center (not free)

10:15 am Visit Willamette Mission State Park

Jason Lee along with other Methodist missionaries built the Willamette Mission on the shore of the Willamette River in 1834, thus establishing the first mission for Native Americans in the West. Ghost structures now identify the location near Mission Lake.  In 1841, during the Great Reinforcement, fifty-two skilled people arrived and the mission moved to Chemeketa (now Salem) where water power from Mill Creek could run a mill race for finished lumber. Today, the Mission Mill Museum in Salem has remaining buildings and displays.

The missionary circuit riders spread news of Oregon Country on trips east and encouraged settlers to come west. Here, the first and second train of immigrants on the Oregon Trail used the land for mission farms. 1842, Missionary Doctor Elijah White led the first 100 immigrants into the Willamette Valley.  The Mission Store at Chemeketa provided goods along with Willamette Falls (Oregon City) and French- Canadian Champoeg.  Willamette University was the first in the west founded by Reverand Jason Lee. The Missionaries were active in the formation of a joint American enterprise, The American Cattle Company and the Oregon Territory provisional government of 1846.

11:00 am Visit The Mission Mill Museum, Salem


The Lee House, built in 1841, is the oldest frame house still standing in the Pacific Northwest and was home to five Methodist Missionary families. Today the rooms are galleries telling their stories and explaining their legacy in the education and development of the Willamette Valley and Oregon.


In this house you can learn about:

  • The History of the Methodist Mission to Oregon
  • Missionaries and their Families and Early education in the Oregon Country
  • The Lee House was moved here from its original location north of downtown Salem in 1959.
  • Four missionary families originally occupied this house, living independently in foru apartments, including the Lees, Judsons, Parrishes and Raymonds.


The Methodist Parsonage, built in 1841, was built to house missionary individuals and families. Current exhibits explore the stories of the Kalapuya, women and children in the community and some of the people and institutions that have made Salem what it is today.



In this house you can learn about :


  • The Kalapuya
  • Women and Children
  • Families
  • Historic Preservation

12:30 pm lunch at either Willamette University or Salem Retirement Center

1:30pm visit Willamette University – presentation and q and a’s with Rev. Dr. Charles Wallace, church historian/retired professor /chaplain at Willamette University.


Willamette is a nationally renowned private liberal arts university in Salem, Oregon. Founded in 1842, Willamette is the first university established in the western U.S. and has become a national leader in sustainability and civic engagement. Willamette is a private university with an undergraduate liberal arts college and two professional graduate schools in law and management that has been recognized for academics, sustainability and service.



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  • 74% live in Oregon, Washington or California

2:30 pm Return to Portland – arrive hotel approx 3:30pm