Friday, December 9, 6:30 pm
Start you weekend off right with a thought-provoking documentary shown in the End of the Oregon Trail’s big-screen theater. This is a free event. The next movie showing will be Batkid Begins on December 9th. One child. One wish. Millions touched. Who would have thought a 5-year-old boy who fought leukemia would transform a city and a nation for a day? No one. Not his family. Not his friends. Not the thousands of volunteers who came from near and far to help make his wish come true. But it did.
“Oregon Ghost Towns, A-Z”
with Author Steve Arndt
Saturday, December 17, 1:00 pm
Steven Arndt returns to the End of the Oregon Trail to present the latest installment of his book series, “Ghost Towns in Oregon, A–Z”. Did you know Oregon is home to more than 250 ghost towns—the most of any state in this country? Steven Arndt’s presentation is rooted in his lifelong passion for the topic, and is full of fun facts that will inspire you to experience this state’s ghost towns for yourself.
Learn more about Steve Arndt on his website
“Remarkable Oregon Women:
Revolutionaries & Visionaries”
with Author Jennifer Chambers
Thursday, December 29, 1:00 pm
Without the efforts of inspiring, brave women of the past, the progressive and individualistic Oregon we know today might not exist. From native tribes and Oregon Trail pioneers to Victorian suffragists and unlikely politicians, strong female leaders give profound meaning to the state motto, alis volat propriis–she flies with her own wings. Author Jennifer Chambers tells these stories of progressive, radical women who fought for change within their state.
Sounds Along the Oregon Trail
with Heartstrings Musical Duo
Sunday, January 15, 1 pm
Nancy and Rob Downie play a variety of instruments that were common during the Oregon Trail migration period, including hammered and mountain dulcimers, fiddle, acoustic bass, banjo and Native American flute. Their program features music from the Lewis and Clark era through the Civil War, information on the history of the tunes, and the origin and construction of their instruments. The program ends with a singalong, and a chance for visitors to see the instruments “up close and personal” and to have a mini-lesson!
Find out more about Heartstrings here
Black Pioneers in Oregon
with Historian Gwen Carr
Saturday, February 18, 1 pm
This presentation tells stories of the little-known Black Pioneers who lived across the state from as early as 1788. Some were brought to Oregon as slaves and some free men and women. In spite of harsh Black Exclusion laws they lived and thrived in Oregon as explorers, cowboys, entrepreneurs, loggers, railway and shipyard workers, and community members.
Gwen works with Oregon Black Pioneers – a state wide organization with the mission of doing historical research and honoring the lives of African Americans who have contributed to the historical development of Oregon.