July 16, 2015 Episode
It was the research into another area of the Valley, Hayesville, and its connections to early Keizer that first lead our guest Tammy Wild to learn more about the Keizer area. Tammy credits the books about the Keizer area by long-time resident and historian Ann Lossner for sparking this interest and directing her to the Keizer Heritage Museum for more information. When the Museum was contacted by Arcadia Publishing regarding a possible book, they looked to Tammy and her enthusiasm for local history to accomplish the project. Tammy and her team of museum volunteers were rewarded with the birth of their book, Images of America: Keizer, earlier this year.
The city of Keizer was chartered in 1882, making it a relatively new city in the Willamette Valley. It speaks to its strong sense of community that Keizer was able to retain its independent character while being in such close proximity to a larger, growing city, especially the state capital. You can learn more about Keizer history from the Keizer Heritage Museum website or their Facebook page.
The book is available at several local retailers as well as the Keizer Heritage Museum, where proceeds from book purchases made there benefit the museum. We know you'll enjoy reading it!
Deb Meaghers and Christy Van Heukelem, historians and authors, are passionate about the history of Salem and the entire mid-Willamette Valley. We love sharing our enthusiasm for our rich historic legacy with others.