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Mission Mill Museum

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1313 Mill Street SE
Salem, OR 97301
503-585-7012
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Mission Mill Museum interprets the history of the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill - designated an American Treasure by the National Park Service - which produced wool products from 1889 to 1962 and represents one of Oregons earliest and strongest industries.Mission Mill also interprets the history of Jason Lee's Methodist Mission to Oregon which settled in the Willamette Valley in 1834 before the major Oregon Trail migrations. The missionaries brought formal education, industry and large scale agriculture and advocated for U.S. government in the Oregon country.
Mission Mill Museum preserves Mission houses, an Oregon Trail settler's house, a historic church and the structures, equipment, and original water-powered turbine of the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill with related artifacts. The museums two histories are shared with visitors through individual and group tours, interpretation, speakers, living history, childrens programs, hands-on activities, special events, the museum store and rental facilities.

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