Thisassignment was quite interesting for me because I’ve never visited the Mid-WillametteValley, nor have I ever been to Salem, Oregon. So, the topic I chose for thisassignment was the Bush House Museum. This site stood out to me because I wantedto know more about the place and its history. Therefore, what better way tofamiliarize myself of a certain place than to do a research on one of thefamous museums in the area! I found the Bush House Museum interesting because asI was doing my research I’ve noticed how well kept and maintained the house hasbeen for all those years. The condition of the house is remarkable, and thedetail of the house is still intact. And I believed it must’ve been a specialplace to the City of Oregon because of the maintenance all those years.
Thehouse also seemed like it belonged to a person that contributed greatimportance in Oregon. The Bush House Museum islocated on Bush’s Pasture Park, a mile away from downtown Salem. It’s openingdays are every Wednesday to Sunday from March until December. Local bustransportation is offered in the area and free parking is available on theproperty.
The admission fees include the entry to the museum, but the Bush BarnArt Center is free. TheBush House is the home to one of Oregon’s most prominent pioneering families,Asahel Bush II, the editor, and publisher of The Oregon Statesman newspaper in1851. Asahel transformed the simple frame house for him and his four children. Thehome is both a Victorian and Italianate style built by a very famous architectWilbur Boothy.
It reflects the freedom, independence, and class of the Bushfamily. During the 1870’s, the home was the most modernized in the area. It hadthe suitability of a heater, hot or cold water, and indoor plumbing. The homewas completed in 1878. Asahel’s daughter helped designed the home even whileshe was away from home to finish her education.
When she returned after receivingher education, she lived in the Bush House with her father until the day he diedin 1913. In his honor, the Bushfamily donated part of the land, east of the property to the City of Salem fora municipal park in 1917. The park was later named Bush’s Pasture Park, fullownership of the property would then be transferred to the city upon the deathof Sally and A.
N. Bush, Asahel’s children. Eventually in 1944, A.
N. Bush preparedan arrangement plan for the city to acquire the remaining land; however, it didnot go as planned. So, A.N. sold 10 acres to Willamette University forMcCullough Stadium and the city bought the rest of the property for Bush’sPasture Park. Both Sally and A.N.
lived in the house until their passing. AfterA.N.’s passing in 1953, full ownership was transferred to the City of Salem. In1948, the Salem Art Association (SAA) purchased the contents of the house and werewell maintained throughout.
The City of Salem and the Supportive ArtAssociation has done a spectacular job taking care of the place. Because oftheir maintenance, the house stays in place. The barn, revamped after a fire in1963, is now a community art center. The open fields are now a municipal parkthat gives an enticing setting to the house, which is a piece of Salem’scultural focus. On October 1953, the Bush House Museum opened to the publicupon admission fees. It includes the first decorations, backdrops, and gaslights and ten chimneys cut of Italian marble. The Bush House was recorded onthe National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
The economic impactthat museums have on our communities includes the tourism industry. Based onrecent statistics, tourism plays an enormous role for the economic growth ofOregon. In Oregon, tourism is an $11.3 billion industry, which directly createsapproximately more than 109,500 jobs in Oregon. Tourism is one of the primarysource of economic growth, what we do every day and what we show case to theworld about the culture of Oregon matters.
Therefore museums, just like theBush House matters! It has a considerable part in the developmental outcomes ofcultural travel. Museums are important places to visit for tourists and itcreates possible outcomes for the growth of the tourism industry itself. Thisindustry creates jobs for thousands of people in Oregon. The impact it partakeson the country is significant for both regional and international. Museums likethe Bush House is considered a place of value.
The attractiveness of the placedepends primarily on the contents presented, the age of the building or object,size, and reputation of the place as a cultural destination. Museums educatespeople or tourist from around the world about a specific place and itsuniqueness