Event Calendar


Black Pioneers in Oregon

with Historian Gwen Carr

Saturday, February 25, 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.




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2nd Friday Film

Friday, March 10, 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!

When Newtown, Connecticut was devastated by the loss of 20 first graders and six adults at the hands of a shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the world looked on in horror unable to fathom such a tragedy. In the emotionally powerful and uplifting new documentary, Midsummer in Newtown, filmmaker Lloyd Kramer gains intimate access to three families who find hope in the transformative power of the arts.

Join us for a viewing of this powerful film and discussion afterwards with Donna Schuurman of The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families.


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Calvin Tibbets: Oregon’s First Pioneer

with author Jerry Sutherland

Saturday, March 11, 2 pm

When Calvin Tibbets ventured to Oregon Country in 1832 the Oregon Trail didn’t exist. The route that wagon trains would later follow along the Platte River and across South Pass had been established by fur trappers, but Tibbets’ group (led by Nathaniel Wyeth) had to figure out the best route west of the Rockies. Jerry Sutherland will focus on this part of their 3200 mile journey in his presentation. He will also talk about the Young Ladies’ Academy run by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Oregon City from 1848 to 1853 because Tibbets’ orphaned daughter Grace attended the school while living with Robert Caufield’s family. Sutherland will be available to sign books before and after the event.


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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.


1726 Washington St

Oregon City, OR 97045

(503) 657-9336


OPEN DAILY 9:30am to 5pm

Open Sundays 10:30am to 5pm

Last admission into interpretive center one hour before closing


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