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​Historic Heartland: French Prairie Influence on Oregon Statehood

on Exhibit in the Oregon State Capitol Galleria


Old photos of AuroraIn celebration of its 50th birthday (1966-2016), the Old Aurora Colony Museum is sharing its successful research and preservation efforts of more than five decades with a photo-rich traveling exhibit titled “Historic Heartland: the French Prairie Influence on Oregon Statehood.” The exhibit will be on display from March 23 to April 21, 2016 in the Oregon State Capitol Galleria.


This seven paneled interpretive exhibit highlights the story of settlers, entrepreneurs, and visionaries whose lives, businesses, and personal relationships helped shape the history of 1800s Oregon. The exhibit also highlights the 160th anniversary of the founding of “Aurora Mills.” Founded in 1856 by German and Swiss immigrants under the leadership of Dr. Wilhelm Keil as the first Christian communal community on the West Coast, Aurora Mills is known today as the town of Aurora in Marion County.

All exhibits at the Oregon State Capitol, located at 900 Court Street, NE, Salem, are free and open to the public when the building is open. Regular building hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.






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