After inventing geometry and physics, Greeks invented history—primarily as a way to document their many inventions. Take a stroll through history with today’s Groupon: for $22, you get a one-year individual membership (up to a $40 value) plus a ticket to a Rhythm at the Mill concert (a $5 value) at the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill (up to a $45 total value). Choose between the following dates:
- Sunday, August 28
- Sunday, September 11
Willamette Heritage Center's 5-acre site, which has been designated an American Treasure by the National Park Service, preserves the original machinery, buildings, and aura of a 19th-century wool mill. Meander through the interiors of the Jason Lee House and Parsonage, stroll past the domiciles of the Methodist missionary founders of Salem, or amble down the aisle of the Pleasant Grove Church, said to be the oldest Presbyterian church in Oregon. Hands-on activities, speakers, and rotating exhibits allow visitors to engage in a modern look at a history, much like a digitized version of their grandfather's comic-book collection. A one-year admission grants members unlimited free entries for a year, access to the research library and archives, and tickets to the Magic at the Mill holiday lighting festival.
Today's deal also awards purchasers a ticket to the Rhythm at the Mill concert series, in which attendees soak up the live music while lazing on the greens of the Willamette Heritage Center. On August 28, guests can tap their toes to the acoustic blues and smooth jazz of the Ivie & Mezier Duo and calculate their taxes to guitarist Terry Robb's strumming. Audiences swing their hips to Sonny 'Smokin' Hess's R & B rhythms and watch the DK Stewart Band belt out the blues on September 11.
Willamette Heritage Center
The Willamette Heritage Center preserves slices of valley history by word and deed, keeping up 14 historic structures and filling them with historical tours and living history displays. The Jason Lee house represents the oldest building on campus, built in 1841. The structure also boasts the title of oldest surviving wooden frame house in the Pacific Northwest, and its interior sports the period appropriate furnishings right down to an iron stove and a snoring, bonneted grandmother. Nearby stands the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, and piece of the Industrial Revolution that has survived since 1896, earning recognition as an American Treasure by the National Park Service. Workers keep the buildings clean and sound for tours and rentals, while actors keep the ground vibrant with living historical portrayals.