We are Partners with the Oregon Cultural Trust!

The Gem is now a partner with the Oregon Cultural Trust! Oregon is the only state in the country that provides a 100 percent tax credit to inspire cultural giving. This incredible benefit is a pure treat for our arts, heritage and humanities nonprofits.

How to: The Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credit from Oregon Cultural Trust on Vimeo.

Simply make a donation to any of the more than 1,400 nonprofits, then make a matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust, and then claim the tax credit on your state income tax return. Brilliant!

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In August of 1928, film director F.W. Murnau filmed the wheat harvest scenes of the Fox silent feature film "City Girl" in Thorn Hollow, five miles from the Gem.


The film used local harvesting crews and livestock.  We knew a lady whose husband was one of the farmhands and remembered visiting the filming.

The layout of our mural is based upon an original "City Girl" lobby card.  The images are local harvest scenes that were promotional images for the film.


The mural was produced and installed by John Sasser of Integrity Design and Copyworks, Walla Walla WA.

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City Girl Promo Card