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Heritage Museum Society

Heritage Museum Society

Hops Are Our Heritage

Installed ExhibitDue 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.

Our Hispanic Neighbors

Diversity ExhibitThis exhibit is quite popular for cultural events throughout the Willamette Valley. It depicts the migration of Mexican workers during the 1940’s when the Bracero Program was begun by the United States Government in order to harvest the crops during WWII when man power was scarce. There are many prominent families present today in the central Willamette Valley that moved to the area before, during and after the Bracero program. The exhibit highlights the accomplishments of a fraction of those families.

In the future we wish to create new exhibits focusing on the families that moved to the area prior to the Bracero program. If you are a descendant of one of those families perhaps you would be willing to help us with that endeavor, please contact us at the museum.

Hours & Admission

1 - 5 pm Wed - Sat
1 - 4 pm Occasional Sundays (Call ahead to check)

$3 admission for adults, children FREE
Everyone FREE second Saturday of the month

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Heritage Museum

Site Address: 112 South 3rd Street
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7
Independence, OR 97351
Phone: (503) 838-4989
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