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This
assignment was quite interesting for me because I’ve never visited the Mid-Willamette
Valley, nor have I ever been to Salem, Oregon. So, the topic I chose for this
assignment was the Bush House Museum. This site stood out to me because I wanted
to know more about the place and its history. Therefore, what better way to
familiarize myself of a certain place than to do a research on one of the
famous museums in the area! I found the Bush House Museum interesting because as
I was doing my research I’ve noticed how well kept and maintained the house has
been for all those years. The condition of the house is remarkable, and the
detail of the house is still intact. And I believed it must’ve been a special
place to the City of Oregon because of the maintenance all those years. The
house also seemed like it belonged to a person that contributed great
importance in Oregon.

The Bush House Museum is
located on Bush’s Pasture Park, a mile away from downtown Salem. It’s opening
days are every Wednesday to Sunday from March until December. Local bus
transportation is offered in the area and free parking is available on the
property. The admission fees include the entry to the museum, but the Bush Barn
Art Center is free.

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The
Bush 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 in
1851. Asahel transformed the simple frame house for him and his four children. The
home is both a Victorian and Italianate style built by a very famous architect
Wilbur Boothy. It reflects the freedom, independence, and class of the Bush
family. During the 1870’s, the home was the most modernized in the area. It had
the suitability of a heater, hot or cold water, and indoor plumbing. The home
was completed in 1878. Asahel’s daughter helped designed the home even while
she was away from home to finish her education. When she returned after receiving
her education, she lived in the Bush House with her father until the day he died
in 1913.

In his honor, the Bush
family donated part of the land, east of the property to the City of Salem for
a municipal park in 1917. The park was later named Bush’s Pasture Park, full
ownership of the property would then be transferred to the city upon the death
of Sally and A.N. Bush, Asahel’s children. Eventually in 1944, A.N. Bush prepared
an arrangement plan for the city to acquire the remaining land; however, it did
not go as planned. So, A.N. sold 10 acres to Willamette University for
McCullough Stadium and the city bought the rest of the property for Bush’s
Pasture Park. Both Sally and A.N. lived in the house until their passing. After
A.N.’s passing in 1953, full ownership was transferred to the City of Salem.  

 

In
1948, the Salem Art Association (SAA) purchased the contents of the house and were
well maintained throughout. The City of Salem and the Supportive Art
Association has done a spectacular job taking care of the place. Because of
their maintenance, the house stays in place. The barn, revamped after a fire in
1963, is now a community art center. The open fields are now a municipal park
that gives an enticing setting to the house, which is a piece of Salem’s
cultural focus. On October 1953, the Bush House Museum opened to the public
upon admission fees. It includes the first decorations, backdrops, and gas
lights and ten chimneys cut of Italian marble. The Bush House was recorded on
the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

The economic impact
that museums have on our communities includes the tourism industry. Based on
recent statistics, tourism plays an enormous role for the economic growth of
Oregon. In Oregon, tourism is an $11.3 billion industry, which directly creates
approximately more than 109,500 jobs in Oregon. Tourism is one of the primary
source of economic growth, what we do every day and what we show case to the
world about the culture of Oregon matters. Therefore museums, just like the
Bush House matters! It has a considerable part in the developmental outcomes of
cultural travel. Museums are important places to visit for tourists and it
creates possible outcomes for the growth of the tourism industry itself. This
industry creates jobs for thousands of people in Oregon. The impact it partakes
on the country is significant for both regional and international. Museums like
the Bush House is considered a place of value. The attractiveness of the place
depends primarily on the contents presented, the age of the building or object,
size, and reputation of the place as a cultural destination. Museums educates
people or tourist from around the world about a specific place and its
uniqueness