Carissa has been collecting old toys for the last 20 years. Her favorites are Fisher-Price toys. She grew up in the 1980's and all her toys were given away and she had to "find" them again. Searching through garage sales, thrift shops and occasionally eBay, she has accumulated a lot of them. She wanted to bring them out of the dark for a while and share them with the community.
The Foundation has been collecting historical artifacts from the community for years. One large room in the school has been devoted to the Keizer Heritage Museum — the first ever for Keizer. Now Keizer residents have a place to connect with the past and to learn about the agricultural heritage that surrounds Keizer.
The Museum is a critical link to keep alive the heritage that has made Keizer such a special place for so many people. The Museum also will have special exhibits throughout the year for special events or dates.
The Museum displays cover a wide range of history from days of the wagon train through the City of Keizer’s beginning in 1982 and to the present. A variety of items relate to "The Old School" and its many teachers and students over the years. Many local families have contributed their history to display boards, scrapbooks and display cases.
The Museum has several books on local history for sale. They include Ann Lossner's Looking Back and More Looking Back as well as The Keizur Story, a book compiled by members of the historic Keizur/Keizer family with genealogy included. A recent publication, the first they have published themselves, is One Man's Journey Through Keizer's History, which was compiled from research, interviews and notes from Roger Hawley's Estate.