This photo is of the Aurora Colony Band at the Oregon State Fair in Salem. The Aurora Colony was established by Dr. William Keil and nearly 500 German-Dutch followers in 1857 about 28 miles south of Portland, Oregon. It had been founded in a communal undertaking in Missouri in 1844, then crossed the plains in 1855 to Washington, and thence to Oregon. Their band was famous throughout the northwest, as were the products of their artisans, their festivals and sumptious meals. The colony ceased to exist as a communal unit following Dr. Keil's death in 1877 , and the property was apportioned among the remaining members but Aurora continues as a unique community on the Oregon scene.
Aurora Colony Band; Keil, William; Oegon State Fair
B/W postcard photograph
3 3/4 in. x 5 1/8 in.
Barrick Funeral Home postcard series, "Salem in the Past"
Research by Joan Marie "Toni" Meyering. For further information, see the "Dictionary of Oregon History", edited by Howard McKinley Corning.