Thank you to all who joined us for our
“Hands on History” event on
on Saturday, August 25, 2018
Watch here for info on next year’s event on Saturday, August 24, 2019, more of the same fun and a few new things.
Step back in time and try your hand at the crafts and activities practiced by the folks who lived here long ago, listen to stories of the pioneers, black and white, and tales of the native experience.
Between opening and noon the Crazed Weasels will be playing 1850’s music followed by an opportunity to learn some dances of the period. At 1:00 gather under the big trees for tales of Oregon history and the pioneer experience from Gordon Munro, master storyteller. Between 1:30 and 4:00 Gwen Carr from the group Oregon Black Pioneers will be telling of the state’s black settlers from as far back as 1788! Be sure to stop by her tent and learn of these little known stories. At 10:30, 12:30 and 2:00 native Kalapuyan Stephanie Craig will be teaching an hour long, free basket weaving class where you will make a native style cattail and jute pouch to take home.
All day there will be wagon rides taking off from Park Avenue pulled by Tom Marquette’s impressive Belgian cross mules, much the same as the mules that pulled wagons across the Oregon Trail. You will also encounter Sandy & Jerry Grulkey on their velocipedes wheeling their way around Park Avenue…a rare sight to see these days. In the museum itself you are welcome to pull on some Pioneer era clothes and take your picture in front of our authentic covered wagon. Dave Erickson will be there to share stories of covered wagon lore, and help with your pictures.
Library Park will be filled with activities you can give a try…Wheat grinding, Beeswax candle making, Crosscut sawing, Blacksmithing, Quilting, Weaving, Spinning, Bread making and Cider pressing. Try your hand at washing clothes with a Washboard and tub, play with pioneer toys, make yourself a Pew doll and visit a Fur trade encampment.
This activity is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage and by the Linn County Cultural Coalition, along with a generous donation from Randy Tripp.