Dear friends of the End of the Oregon Trail,
As the year comes to a close, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you for your continued support of our efforts to reopen the iconic End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City. We are forever grateful for the contributions from the many individuals, businesses and foundations during the past couple years to make our dream of reopening the museum a reality. This past June, we accomplished this dream after completing our 2-year-long running campaign "Expansion of the official End of the Oregon Trail" Education & Site Revitalization project.
We are now open! Come experience the End of the Oregon Trail with our new hands-on exhibits, 24/7 outdoor interpretive signage and "Bound for Oregon" featured film. Enjoy our newly renovated Country Store and lounge.
Our Plans for 2014: We are collaborating with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to create a 'parallel history' of the Native Americans throughout the End of the Oregon Trail site. Our exhibits will present both the local Native American and pioneer history that led to the Oregon/Oregon City we know today. The Tribe is an active participant in the integration of the Native American narrative with that of the emigrants. The installations will focus on the two local tribes who lived at Oregon City, along the Clackamas and lower Willamette Rivers, the Willamette Tumwater and Clackamas Chinook peoples, who are now part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Their history is not well-known and largely absent from textbooks. Through our partnership with the Tribes, we aim to present the lifeways of these peoples prior to contact and its subsequent impact, relocation to the reservation and reservation life, and the Tribes’ connection to Oregon City today. The project will present a much richer, more inclusive story, interweaving the Native American and emigrant perspectives. The project at the End of the Oregon Trail has many components, and we are striving to more fully integrate the Native American perspective. We are grateful to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde for not only sharing with us their history but collaborating with us to convey their story.
Check in with us for future events, lectures and additional exhibits coming in 2014 featuring “Traveling to Oregon”, “Oregon City Economy”, “Food on the Trail” stories. Join us in celebrating Black History and Women’s History months with special exhibits in our main hallway as well as parallel Native American history with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde throughout the year. We will also be installing a "Pioneer Rose" exhibit Spring 2014 with help from Northwest Rose Historians, Laura King and Kathleen McMullen. We are coordinating with local authors Steve Arndt, Susan Butruille, Sandra Carter, Jane Kirkpatrick, Mary Fitzgerald, Patricia Maberry, Verda Spickelmier, Carol Sweet and Jim Tompkins for future book signings in the coming year as well.
Gail Yazzolino, Administrative Director Clackamas Heritage Partners
End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
1726 Washington St., Oregon City OR 97045
Open Thursday - Monday 11am - 4pm (Closed Tuesday/Wednesday)