Kyle Jansson was executive director of the Marion County Historical Society from 1997-2002. In 2000, he launched the Hoover for President 2000 campaign to raise interest in the former president's roots in Salem and the historical society. He is the former coordinator of the Oregon Heritage Commission.
Jennifer Gray Kyle (1859-1913)
Late in his life, President Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) said the best advice he had ever been given came from Salem Sunday school teacher Jennifer Gray. Gray was born in 1859 in Iowa. At age six, she moved with her family to Salem, where her father George W. Gray became a merchant and capitalist. He …
Marion County Historical Society and Museum
The Marion County Historical Society was founded in Salem on July 11, 1950, in an unsuccessful effort to save the building that housed Oregon’s first state legislature. The society’s main efforts during its first two decades were publishing and the preservation of historic buildings. The society saved, among other buildings, …
Monmouth’s claim to fame as Oregon’s last town to prohibit the sale of alcohol ended in 2002 when voters passed a ballot measure overturning a law that had its beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century. In the early 1850s, more than a dozen families of Disciples of Christ churches in the …