For it’s first exhibition of 2014, Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill will celebrate the work people have done in the corner of the world we call home, Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley.

All The Livelong Day, created in partnership with more than a dozen heritage and cultural centers from around the region, will present hundreds of photographs, objects and pieces of unique memorabilia.  All with a focus on the things Oregonians have done do to earn a living.  From farming to food service, from industry to retail, “this exhibit will help the viewer better understand and appreciate the kinds of work that people have done in the past to support themselves and their families,” says Sam Wegner, who joined the Heritage Center in 2013 as its new Executive Director.  Wegner, who calls the Willamette “one of the most beautiful valleys in America” is excited to support another Heritage Center presentation that will show how the region “is a good place to live, work, enjoy life and prosper.”

For All The Livelong Day, Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill will once again provide many historical objects well-used by human hands and often seen by Oregonians in decades past.  The resonance of crockery, metals and fabrics handled by our ancestors helps us understand the hours of human life spent in every kind of work endeavor.

The exhibition, Wegner says, “will certainly show a major part of our lives – that is, working for living – is common to all of us who live in the region.  It should become apparent that we all have more in common with one another than we might first think.”


All The Livelong Day: Work in the Valley

Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill

1313 Mill Street SE

January 17 – March 8, 2014