Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. We read this everyday...America needs more jobs! It was no different in the 1800s and probably will always be a national hue and cry. When Jason Lee and the early Methodist Mission and the resident Hudson Bay trappers were trying to tame this frontier area, they needed to attract and keep more settlers to help with this great endeavor. Missionaries were necessary, of course, but so were ranchers, farmers, and merchants to support the new community. Flooding required relocating the mission further south to an area called "Chemeketa" by the Kalapuyas at the confluence of Mill Creek and the Willamette River, an area now know as North Broadway, where a lumber mill was built to utilize the abundant water power. A second parsonage was built south of the Mission's training school on the site that Thomas Kay would later build a woolen mill in 1889.
This fall their focus will be on Textiles, as would befit the mill's history. One that particularly interests me is "What I Wore", an exhibit of rarely displayed clothing and accessories from WHC's collection, which is open through December 23, 2015. You can check out this exhibit and find about other events at their website.
I wanted to be sure you knew about their Fall Gala: Swingin' on a Star which is set for October 9, 5:30-9:30 p.m. This 1940s-themed fundraiser will feature cocktails and appetizers, a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions, and dancing to the Bobwhite Big Band. So get out your glitzy gowns, gloves and fascinators, top hats and Fedoras, and your dancing shoes! What a fun way to support another Local Treasure!