Tag: LOCAL HISTORY

Mystery passport in state hospital archive tells of laborer who slipped across border, found love

The Norwegian passport of Johannes Blankrud, a laborer committed to Oregon State Hospital who was discharged in 1920. The document and a mystery pair of keys remained in his patient file, which is now at the Oregon State Archives (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) A bright red booklet caught Todd Shaffer’s eye[Read More…]

LOCAL HISTORY: Juneteenth offers opportunity to explore Salem’s Black history

The Oregon Black Pioneers memorial at Pioneer Cemetery in Salem (Courtesy/Friends of Pioneer Cemetery) This month we are celebrating Juneteenth, which is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. At their meeting on June 14, 2021 Salem’s Mayor and Council proclaimed June 19, 2021 as Juneteenth Independence Day.[Read More…]

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SALEM HISTORY: How Deepwood’s gardens went from producing vegetables to masterpieces of landscaping

A garden party at Deepwood Gardens in 1933 (Courtesy/Deepwood Museum & Gardens) Editor’s note: This column is part of a regular feature from Salem Reporter to highlight local history in collaboration with area historians and historical organizations. This week, Yvonne Putze, executive director of Deepwood Museum & Gardens, explains the[Read More…]

SALEM HISTORY: The “Little Gem” grocery store gets a facelift and new home

The Little Gem awaits restoration(Courtesy/Hazel Patton) Editor’s note: This column is a new feature from Salem Reporter to highlight local history in collaboration with area historians and historical organizations. If you have any feedback or would like to participate, please contact managing editor Rachel Alexander at [email protected] Long before grocery[Read More…]