Image of Thompson Mills

history & heritage

No matter where you are in the Willamette Valley, you’ll find its rich history and heritage on display. Some you can experience through restored historical attractions (prepare to be wowed), where passionate volunteers share stories of bygone eras. Curious collections are curated within a wide array of museums, some harkening to times gone by while others are sleek and elegant. And educational opportunities abound through natural history museums and university exhibitions open to all.

Honoring Our Indigenous Communities

The tribes of the Kalapuya — including the Tualatin, Yamhill, Luckiamute, and Santiam people — have hunted, fished, foraged, traded, traveled, and lived on the lands across the Willamette Valley for thousands of years. With such a rich past, thriving present, and promising future, we want to honor these Indigenous communities by sharing stories and resources for learning more.

Explore the Possibilities