Hops Are Our Heritage
Due to a generous grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission, in partnership with the Polk County Cultural Coalition, the Heritage Museum has a set of exhibit panels that tell the story of hops in our community over the decades available for loaning out. This 8-panel exhibit is suitable for outdoor display.
Beginning with a definition and History of Hops in general, the panels continue to describe the effect of the crop on Independence and the surrounding area. The Mixed Cultures panel tells about the various ethnic groups that worked in the hop fields. On the Transportation panel viewers learn all the ways those workers got to Independence. What was their life like during the hop season? The Farm Life panel answers that question. The Hop Fiestas panel describes one of the biggest, liveliest ways the hop workers had fun, while the Hop & Heritage panel tells about the modern-day community celebration. Independence itself grew and Boomtown illustrates in what ways. Finally the Hop Production panel explains the growing and harvesting process. In addition to these panels we had some copies of old newspapers printed on the same material that have headlines such as “Independence: Live Town in Heart of Rich Country” and “Biggest Hopyard In The World.”
Want to know what the panels look like? Visit the Riverview Park Amphitheater in Independence, where a set is permanently displayed on the columns.