SALEM HISTORY: Readers quickly identify Salemites in “mystery” Elsinore photo

A no-longer- mystery photo from Willamette Heritage Center’s collections. (WHC X2021.006.0001) On Friday, Salem Reporter ran a column asking for reader help identifying the people in the above photo from Willamette Heritage Center’s collections. Readers were quick to respond, and Kylie Pine, WHC curator, has an update: The Willamette Heritage[Read More…]

SALEM HISTORY: New downtown alley names pay homage to city’s first steel building, theater that burned

The Wexford Theater in 1911 (Oregon Statesman, Jan. 1, 1911) In 2019, the Salem Main Street Association asked residents to suggest names for downtown alleys and vote for their favorites. About 600 people weighed in. As part of Salem Reporter’s local history series, Jacqueline Heavey, chair of the design committee for the project,[Read More…]


LOCAL HISTORY: Salem takes to the airwaves with KOCO

KOCO radio, 1490 AM, hit the Salem airwaves in 1947 (Willamette Heritage Center Collections X2014.002.0006.012.) Update: Thursday, May 27, 2021 On May 26, Salem Reporter posted a historic photo from Willamette Heritage Center showing one of Salem’s first radio stations, KOCO. The center’s curator, Kylie Pine, was hoping readers might[Read More…]

LOCAL HISTORY: Explore Salem’s past during Historic Preservation Month

The Oregon State Capitol, photographed sometime between 1939 and 1947, with Willamette University campus (Ben Maxwell collection/Salem Public Library) 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, Kimberli Fitzgerald, Salem’s historic[Read More…]