Music Along the Oregon Trail
with Heartstrings Musical Duo
Sunday, May 27, 1 pm
Hear and learn about the music of the Oregon Trail from local musicians, Nancy and Rob Downie of Heartstrings. Their program includes popular music from the era, information on the history of the tunes, the role of music on the Oregon Trail, and the origin of their instruments. Featured instruments include hammered and mountain dulcimers, fiddle, acoustic bass, banjo and Native American flute.
First Friday Film
an Oregon City Public Library event
Friday, June 1, 6:30 pm
Start off your weekend right with a thought-provoking documentary. Films are shown on the big screen in the End of the Oregon Trail’s theater with complimentary snacks provided! This is a free event.
The film being shown in June is Revenge of the Electric Car. By 2006, thousands of new electric cars were purposely destroyed by the same car companies that built them. Today, less than 5 years later, the electric car is back… with a vengeance. In Revenge of the Electric Car, director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America’s future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever. With almost every major car maker now jumping to produce new electric models, Revenge follows the race to be the first, the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. It’s not just the next generation of green cars that’s on the line. It’s the future of the automobile itself. Revenge of the Electric Car is narrated by Tim Robbins. The primary cast includes CEO and President of Renault and Nissan Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk, Former Vice Chairman of GM Bob Lutz and EV do-it-yourselfer Greg “Gadget” Abbott.
Lecture #1-1:00 pm, Native Plants and Tribal Uses in Western Oregon
By Greg Archuleta, Grand Ronde Tribal member and Lifeways Instructor
This presentation will share an overview of important native plants used by the Chinook and Kalapuya Peoples of Western Oregon. It will cover traditional and contemporary uses of these plants and include display and exhibit examples of the plants used for foods, carving, basketry and other purposes.
Lecture #2-2:00 pm, Archaeology of the Portland Basin
By Virginia Butler, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Portland State University
Archaeology joined with Indigenous knowledge highlights the long and enduring presence of people in our area. The Portland Basin contains hundreds of documented archaeological sites, which demonstrate human occupation extends back close to the time of the Missoula Floods (over 12,000 years ago) The presentation will consider specific insights we gain from archaeology. For example, how people made a living through fisheries, hunting, and plant use; and ways people interacted socially and politically. As well, the presentation will consider the value of archaeology as a tool for civic engagement—building on the idea that tangible links to the past help build community pride and stronger connections to where we live.
Lecture #3-3:00 pm, The Surprising Adventures of George Gibbs in the Oregon Country
By Stephen Dow Beckham, Pamplin Professor of History, Emeritus, Lewis and Clark College
George Gibbs (1815-1873) is an unknown figure to residents of the Pacific Northwest. Arriving overland in 1849, this Harvard-educated lawyer spent the next eleven years as a linguist, ethnographer, and collector of Native American material culture in Oregon, Washington, and northwestern California. He was a cartographer, treaty council secretary, brigadier-general of the territorial militia, and author of articles, Indian language dictionaries, and government reports on the Pacific Northwest. The presentation review the labors and contributions of Gibbs and recounts his fascinating and unexpected history.
Lecture #4-4:00 pm, Vanishing Race, Buried Treasure, and the Noble Savage: Modern Misconceptions of Native Americans By David Harrelson, Cultural Resources department manager, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Understanding of Native Americans is limited and mostly informed by movies, the media, and non-native people. Narratives created to undermine, marginalize and destroy a people are still generally believed to be true. Examples from Oregon will be shared to demonstrate the existence of these narratives and how with examination from a Tribal perspective they prove to be false.
Philip Foster Farm Food Event
Saturday, June 16 11 am – 4 pm
It’s the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail! Join us for pioneer cooking demos, activities, and tastings. There will be horses, historians, hands-on history, and much more! It’s a history party with hot biscuits and Foster Farm Fun!