SHINE is an acronym for Salem Heritage Network (SHN), originally a series of informal neighborhood meetings in support of Salem, Oregon, cultural properties and heritage tourism. The original partners in the summer of 2008 included Lois Cole, Nadine Heusser, Bonnie Hull, Mary McRobinson, Angie Morris, Hazel Patton, Kathy Reed, Beck Sterup, Stephanie Allen and myself. The goal of these meetings was incorporated into the “Salem 2020” civic project in 2009. SHINE continues to promote Salem’s recognition as an important Oregon cultural and economic resource. The most recent publication sponsored by SHINE is the Salem Cultural Heritage Guide, a brochure composed and financed by a partnership of local institutions.

Our logo above, designed by Cheryl Clark, is a representation of Salem’s historic skyline.

Explore the following Topics:

SHINE on Salem 150


A profile for every year of Salem’s history, from 1860-2010

Discover Neighborhood History


A photographic catalog of historic homes in Salem’s 18 neighborhoods

Salem’s Moving History


Highlighting homes and buildings that have been relocated from one place to another

Salem Lifelines

Profiling the lives of women who contributed to the development of the city 

Walking Tours


These exclusive photo collections can be used for self-guided walking tours or viewed as online slideshows. 

Historic Marion


These articles were written for Marion County Historical Society

Marion County 20


A travelogue profiling all 20 towns within Marion County, Oregon