Coral Reef Project

WHC to feature PNW Coral Reef Project

In partnership with Coral Knit Fiber Arts, the Willamette Heritage Center is headed under the sea with a walk-through, “underwater” textile exhibit. Community-made crocheted and knitted creations feature healthy and bleached corals and marine animals. The display showcases the beauty and diversity of the undersea world while engaging in a conversation about the health and importance of the world’s coral reefs. Back on the surface, explore artifacts and stories documenting the long history of connection between Mid-Willamette Valley residents and businesses and the sea. The changing exhibit opens to the public on March 22, 2024, at 10 am and closes on June 22, 2024, at 4 pm. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Special exhibits are included in regular museum admission: $10.00 for Adults, $8.00 for Seniors (65 +), $6.00 for Students (with ID), $6.00 for Youth (6 – 17), Children 5 and under Free, WHC Members always receive free admission.

In conjunction with the changing exhibit, we’re hosting a FREE screening of the documentary “Saving Atlantis,” about the dramatic decline of the global coral reef ecosystems and the impact on human populations that depend on them. The documentary screening is on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at 6 pm, with doors opening at 5:30 pm.

About the Willamette Heritage Center:
The Willamette Heritage Center (WHC), a private non-profit organization, connects generations through gathering, preserving, and sharing Mid-Willamette Valley history. A visit to the WHC is a step back in time. Our five-acre campus is home to many historic structures that vividly weave together the story of the Mid-Willamette Valley and the development of today’s diverse communities. Explore the history and culture of the Kalapuya people, who have called this place home since time immemorial. Follow the immigration of 19th-century missionaries and Oregon Trail travelers and discover Salem’s industrial past through wool, waterpower, and rails.

WHC promotes diversity and prohibits discrimination based on age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national/ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran/uniform status, and all other classifications protected by law. WHC is not owned or operated by any government agency and is supported through grant funding, private donations, business operations, and its membership.

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