Sounds Along the Oregon Trail
with Heartstrings Musical Duo
Sunday, March 19, 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
Remarkable Oregon Women: Revolutionaries & Visionaries
with author Jennifer Chambers
Saturday, March 25, 12 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. Writer and activist Julia Ruuttila fought for the rights of the citizens of Vanport, the largely African American town lost to a disastrous flood in 1948. Others broke stereotypes to serve their communities, like women who helped build ships during World War II and the nation’s first female police officer, Portland’s own Lola Baldwin. Similarly, Laura Stockton Starcher unseated her husband as mayor of Umatilla. Author Jennifer Chambers tells these and many more stories of progressive, radical women who fought for change within their state. Each talk she does throughout the state focuses on the women of her book germane to the area.
“A River Between Us”
2nd Friday Film
Friday, April 14, 6:30 pm
Start your weekend off right with a free showing of a documentary film on the End of the Oregon Trail’s big screen theater. This is a monthly Oregon City Library event. Come early to enjoy some free snacks!
For over a century along the Klamath River, injustice has reigned. Native tribes, there since time immemorial have had their human rights, their spiritual traditions, and their habitat trampled by settlers and industry. A River Between Us tells the story of the oldest and most bitterly disputed water war in the West today. The film’s primary focus is the struggle for justice on the Klamath River, where forty years of bad blood between the local farmers, ranchers, Native Tribes, members of the Tea Party, state politicians and federal government have created one of this country’s worst environmental crises. Most importantly, as part of the largest restoration project in American history, A River Between Us provides the solution to ending this generations-old conflict: in order to save a river, you must first heal a people.
Hiking Oregon’s History
with author William L. Sullivan
Saturday, April 15, 1:00 pm
Author William L. Sullivan’s slide show takes us on an armchair hiker’s tour of Oregon’s most scenic historic sites. Based on his outdoor guidebook, “Hiking Oregon’s History,” the presentation follows Lewis and Clark’s trail across Tillamook Head and traces Chief Joseph’s trail of tears through Hells Canyon. Expect tips on dramatic hiking trails to fire lookouts, lighthouses, and gold mines, too, mixed in with anecdotes about trail-side wildflowers and geology. In short, it’s a glimpse into Oregon’s largest museum – the great outdoors!
Oregon Ghost Towns, A-Z
with author Steve Arndt
Saturday, April 22, 1:00 pm
Local author Steve Arndt will present the newest book in his series, “Oregon Ghost Towns, A-Z”. This multi-media presentation will highlight the numerous ghost towns that can be accessed in Oregon – many right here in the Willamette Valley.