Friday, October 14, 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.
This month’s documentary is “East of Salinas”, which begins with 3rd grader Jose Ansaldo telling us what he wants to be when he grows up. With little support at home, José often turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, once a migrant farm kid himself.Oscar helps Jose imagine a future beyond the lettuce fields where his parents work. But Jose was born in Mexico–and he’s on the cusp of understanding the implications of that. As we watch this play out, we begin to understand the cruelty of circumstance–for Jose and many of million kids like him.East of Salinas asks: What is lost when kids like Jose are denied opportunities?”
Sounds Along the Oregon Trail
with Heartstrings Musical Duo
Sunday, October 16, 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
“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 and stories of progressive, radical women who fought for change within their state.