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Pioneer Spirit Folk Music Play In February 4th

Music at Brown House Event Center

On February 4, 2018 at 1:00PM, “Salem For All!” and the Brown House Event Center are presenting a Folk Music Play-In.

  Stayton artist Paul Toews will MC and provide some original storytelling regarding the American “quest for the west”. The musicians will be lead by Stayton guitarist Maria Bulkow. She and will be joined by fiddler Truman Price and musician Steve Yant, and others.  A informal concert.

It’s free and open to the public!!! Refreshment will be on sale to benefit our ongoing rehabilitation work.

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New Year, New Focus

A long time coming

Santiam Heritage Foundation is announcing a name change to better reflect our mission as established in 2001. The Charles and Martha Brown House is now called Brown House Event Center with our new tagline “building community”. We are excited to be at a point where our primary mission switches. Finally, the house is used as a venue for public and private events, now that rehabilitation of the historic property’s first floor is complete. Rehab of the second floor has started. This will provide even more opportunities for community use.

Brown House Event Center is a unique and needed resource for Stayton and the surrounding area. Music, art, and cultural events are held here. Classes are held here. Groups and individuals hold meetings, parties, retreats, weddings, receptions here. This is a place where gatherings that are intimate, with a special atmosphere, are held.

New Memories

It is a place for the community to come together in meaningful ways. Memories were made in this fine house since it was built in 1903. New memories are made here by a new generation. It honors both the Brown Family and our Founders, who worked so hard to save the house.

If you would like to get more information about renting the Brown House Event Center for a meeting, wedding, sale, or show, you can get more information on our website at

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Get full tax benefits before it’s too late

In order to take advantage of tax write- offs and Cultural Trust Matches, your contributions must be made BEFORE December 31.

2nd floor WC
2nd se bedroom
2nd sw bedroom

We are trying our hardest to get the matching funds required for the Grant we received for refurbishing the woodwork on the second floor. This is a crucial (and expensive) step in opening the second floor of Brown House to the community. Please help us with this step which will help make us self-sustaining in 2018!

Year-end Donations

Big donors are wonderful, but most donations come from small donors.

Remember, a donation of as little as $35 can buy the stain needed to finish the woodwork, or pay for another piece of the overall project. Please donate now.

Thank you for considering our request– we know you are overwhelmed with solicitations for giving at this time of year.


Steve Poisson,   Rehabilitation Coordinator

P.S. Only a few days left to give in 2017. For more information, see
We need to make the Brown House Event Center self- sustaining!