Title

Oregon's Heritage Museum of Independence: An internship and historical preservation collaboration with citizens of the mid-Willamette Valley

Date

5-31-2018 2:00 PM

End Time

31-5-2018 2:30 PM

Location

WUC Willamette Room

Session Chair

Robin Smith

Session Chair

Kate Miller

Session Title

Anthropology Symposium

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Kate Miller

Abstract

In rural Polk county the Heritage Museum of Independence preserves and displays over 175 years of history and maintains a connection to the local community through exhibiting surrounding community history to the broad public. Drawing upon participant observation and oral interviews I investigate how museums as institutions are influenced by the surrounding population and how the institution serves community needs through civic support and respect. As an entity funded by the city of Independence and supported by the Heritage Museum Society, this paper explores the Heritage Museum's mission and development of new ways in preserving the historical and cultural collections of oral history, art, and artifacts, which may not always fit appropriately with the museum's overall mission statement, donated by citizens of the mid-Willamette Valley. Interning for the Heritage Museum enhanced my appreciation for historical preservation. Collaborating with museum staff and society members, local support is rebuilt through special events such as the first annual birthday celebration, curation of a Native American exhibit, and a reestablished oral history project.

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May 31st, 2:00 PM May 31st, 2:30 PM

Oregon's Heritage Museum of Independence: An internship and historical preservation collaboration with citizens of the mid-Willamette Valley

WUC Willamette Room

In rural Polk county the Heritage Museum of Independence preserves and displays over 175 years of history and maintains a connection to the local community through exhibiting surrounding community history to the broad public. Drawing upon participant observation and oral interviews I investigate how museums as institutions are influenced by the surrounding population and how the institution serves community needs through civic support and respect. As an entity funded by the city of Independence and supported by the Heritage Museum Society, this paper explores the Heritage Museum's mission and development of new ways in preserving the historical and cultural collections of oral history, art, and artifacts, which may not always fit appropriately with the museum's overall mission statement, donated by citizens of the mid-Willamette Valley. Interning for the Heritage Museum enhanced my appreciation for historical preservation. Collaborating with museum staff and society members, local support is rebuilt through special events such as the first annual birthday celebration, curation of a Native American exhibit, and a reestablished oral history project.