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The Inaugural Youth Art Show: "Dream. Believe. Do." is a collaboration between the Heritage Museum and the Community Services Consortium (CSC). The art is on show for the month of January and has taken inspiration from the federal holiday observed in the month, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The students were asked to explore their dreams for their community, how they believe their dreams can be achieved, and what they can do to encourage a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community that fosters a sense of belonging.

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The Heritage Museum is proud to host Oregon Is Indian Country, a special traveling exhibition of Oregon’s Native American heritage, December 1, to January 31, 2023.

First exhibited in 2009 at the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) in Portland, Oregon Is Indian Country represents a groundbreaking project that brought together all nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon to present information, never-before-assembled in one exhibit, on contemporary Indigenous cultures. These rich stories are now available for museums and cultural institutions across the state as a traveling exhibit.

The exhibit is a direct result of the Oregon Tribes Project, a multi-year collaboration between the Oregon Historical Society’s former Folklife Program and Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes. Tribal members documented their contemporary traditions and worked with OHS staff to create a series of heritage resources, including the Oregon Is Indian Country Traveling Trunk that is available for educators to rent from the Oregon Historical Society.

The exhibit consists of three 20-foot panels. The museum, library, and city hall are each displaying a panel.

The Land examines the ways the physical environment has and continues to influence tribal cultures, the importance of natural resources, and the enduring ties that tribes have with the land. [LIBRARY]

Federal Indian Policies explores policies that changed lives since the first official exploration by the U.S. government into the territory by Lewis & Clark in 1805. This section helps the public to better understand the complexities of current issues affecting Indian Country through an examination of significant historical events and policies such as sovereignty, treaties, the reservations system, termination, and restoration. [CITY HALL]

Traditions that Bind investigates the rich cultural heritage of Oregon’s tribes, including their oral traditions, material culture, art, and traditional lifeways. Many American Indian traditions are experiencing a revival via the traditional passage from one generation to the next as well as through research of oral recordings and historic documents. This section highlights ceremony and tradition, language, and how traditions are important in the survival of people and their cultures. [MUSEUM]


Support for this exhibit is generously provided by the following organizations: Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation; Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund and the Siletz Tribal Council; Spirit Mountain Community Fund; Wildhorse Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library; National Endowment for the Arts; Oregon Arts Commission; Oregon Heritage Commission; Collins Foundation; Jackson Foundation; PGE Foundation; and Oregon Council for the Humanities.


A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.

- Marcus Garvey

Upcoming Events

  • Feb 01, 10:00 AM – Feb 28, 6:00 PM
    Heritage Museum, 281 S 2nd St, Independence, OR 97351, USA
    Athletic competition is finite and measurable. The stopwatch, finish line, and scoreboard are not theoretical.
  • Multiple Dates
    Feb 08, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Independence, 281 S 2nd St, Independence, OR 97351, USA
    Open to the public.
  • Mar 01, 5:30 PM – Mar 02, 6:30 PM
    Heritage Museum, 281 S 2nd St, Independence, OR 97351, USA
    The Society is the non-profit linked to the museum. Board members meet monthly to help create strategies to increase memberships and create fundraising opportunities to support the Heritage Museum.
  • Mar 07, 10:00 AM – Apr 29, 2:00 PM
    Independence, 281 S 2nd St, Independence, OR 97351, USA
    Osprey build large, unruly stick piles for nesting, which can be seen along the Willamette River. From superb fishing skills to unique adaptations, check out this hands-on exhibit to learn more about the incredible osprey.
  • May 02, 10:00 AM – May 31, 6:00 PM
    Heritage Museum, 281 S 2nd St, Independence, OR 97351, USA
    Brave in the Attempt: Celebrating 50 years of Special Olympics Oregon is a traveling exhibit that highlights the impact Special Olympics Oregon has on the athletes and the Oregon community.
  • Aug 08, 10:00 AM – Sep 30, 4:00 PM
    Heritage Museum, 281 S 2nd St, Independence, OR 97351, USA
    This traveling exhibit highlights a selection of Marbach’s contemporary photographs, showing numerous ways that Oregon State Parks have preserved natural and historic sites for Oregonians and visitors to appreciate for many years to come.
  • Oct 03, 10:00 AM – Oct 31, 6:00 PM
    Heritage Museum, 281 S 2nd St, Independence, OR 97351, USA
    The Oregon Historical Society is excited to offer a traveling version of our permanent exhibition on modern Oregon history, Oregon Voices. The kiosks explore some of the important people, industries, organizations, and laws that have shaped the state from the end of World War II to 2020.

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