By AL RASMUS
The Keizer Heritage Foundation is housed in the oldest commercial building remaining in Keizer. Keizer School was built in 1916 and moved to its current location, near Keizer Civic Center, in 1998. The main mission of the Foundation is to maintain the historic building in perpetuity.
Why is Keizer Heritage Foundation an organization that someone should join as a member?
Because the all-volunteer, non-profit organization maintains and operates the building, now known as the Keizer Heritage Center, all without tax money. The Foundation also operates the Keizer Heritage Museum inside the Center. The museum is a source of local history and treasures that would be lost or forgotten without the efforts of the members and volunteers of Foundation.
The building houses other-non-profit organizations such as the Keizer Community Library and the Keizer Art Association and its classroom and the Enid Joy Mount Art Gallery as well as the offices of Keizer Young Life.
In a 2010 report, The Keizer Heritage Foundation Task Force vowed to make the Center a focal point for the city of Keizer.
The Keizer Heritage Foundation is seeking new members to continue the mission it began back in the 1990s. The Foundation gives back to the community, not only by maintaining its oldest building but also by awarding scholarships to McNary High School students. Revenue comes from tenant leases and conference room rental fees .
How do membership dollars help? They help the on-going work of maintaining and preserving the building; they support operations of the Keizer Heritage Museum, our city’s little gem. The Center provides a venue for library and art association programs.
The Keizer Heritage Foundation communicates the history of Keizer with its members and the citizens of Keizer and surrounding area.
While the Keizer Heritage Foundation is happy to welcome new members, it also welcomes new volunteers.
Volunteers are a key component of the Center. They help the Keizer Heritage Museum open more hours for residents and visitors to visit. They help educate visiting school children about the history of Keizer and the surrounding area.
One of the liveliest parts of the Center is the conference space on the second floor. Volunteers act as hosts for the many events booked at the Center.
By volunteering, members of the community will work along side directors of the Keizer Heritage Foundation, all whom are dedicated to the building and its operation. For those who love local history and those who enjoy people, becoming a member of the Foundation or volunteering fits the bill perfectly.
Al Rasmus is the volunteer building manager of the Keizer Heritage Center.