MURDOCK TALKS "Mother Chautauqua of the West: The Story of Gladstone"
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

MURDOCK TALKS "Mother Chautauqua of the West: The Story of Gladstone"

Gladstone, Oregon, is located at the confluence of the Clackamas and Willamette Rivers and was once the northern half of the historic town of Oregon City. Gladstone came to prominence as the site of the first Oregon State Fair, the first Clackamas County Fair, the first railroad bridge in Oregon, and the first river crossing of the first interurban trolley west of the Rocky Mountains. In 1869, Gladstone witnessed Ben Holladay challenge both his competitors and the Clackamas River in the great north–south railroad race. From 1894 to 1927, Gladstone became known as the "Mother Chautauqua of the West," where orators such as William Jennings Bryan held thousands of attendees spellbound in Gladstone Park. In this Murdock Talk presentation author Kim Argaves Huey discusses Gladstone's rich history, from its founding by Judge Harvey E. Cross, to it's role in the industrialization of Oregon City.

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Spirits on Sixth: A Paranormal Investigation
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Spirits on Sixth: A Paranormal Investigation

Clackamas County Historical Society has teamed with Northwest Ghost Tours for two nights of terror. Participate in a paranormal investigation of the 1908 Stevens-Crawford Heritage House with experienced Ghost Hunters who will guide you through any eerie encounters. Buy your tickets online or at the Museum of the Oregon Territory.

$25 per person. Free drink included with ticket (to be enjoyed following investigation). All ages welcome. Portion of proceeds benefit CCHS. Additional McLoughlin Promenade walking tour available through NW Ghost Tours. Tickets in limited supply.

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Spirits on Sixth: A Paranormal Investigation
Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

Spirits on Sixth: A Paranormal Investigation

Clackamas County Historical Society has teamed with Northwest Ghost Tours for two nights of terror. Participate in a paranormal investigation of the 1908 Stevens-Crawford Heritage House with experienced Ghost Hunters who will guide you through any eerie encounters. Buy your tickets online or at the Museum of the Oregon Territory.

$25 per person. Free drink included with ticket (to be enjoyed following investigation). All ages welcome. Portion of proceeds benefit CCHS. Additional McLoughlin Promenade walking tour available through NW Ghost Tours. Tickets in limited supply.

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MURDOCK TALKS "The Ice Age Oregon Trail"
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

MURDOCK TALKS "The Ice Age Oregon Trail"

The rich soil of the Willamette Valley is from eastern Washington, brought here by the ice age Lake Missoula Floods. It was this soil that attracted the Oregon Trail pioneers to become part of one of the largest non-forced migrations in all of history. But did you know that from Pendleton to the The Dalles some of the very trails the pioneers used were actually channels of those very floods? Join us as Rick Thompson takes us on a visual journey through the water gaps and next to the giant gravel bars the pioneers saw as they traveled the flood channels carved long before they arrived.

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Historic Interpreter Workshop
Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Interpreter Workshop

  • Stevens-Crawford Heritage House (map)
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Passionate about history? The Clackamas County Historical Society is offering free interpreter training for new and current volunteers. This upcoming workshop will cover how to better engage visitors, a short history of the Progressive Era and a more detailed look at the Stevens-Crawford family.

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Stevens-Crawford Heritage House Plant Sale
Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Stevens-Crawford Heritage House Plant Sale

The Stevens-Crawford Herritage House annual fundraising plant sale is right around the corner! Stop by the house to pick up some beautiful flowers for your garden while also helping raise money for the Clackamas County Historical Society. Come swing by the Stevens-Crawford Heritage House at 603 6th St. Oregon City, Oregon 97045 this Saturday, April 27th, 9am - 3pm and pick up something for spring!

Additionally, the Stevens-Crawford house will be re-opening to the public on April 26th, so come see the new changes while you’re there!

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MURDOCK TALKS "Language of the Land: Cowboy Poetry Inspired by Oregon's Western Heritage and Ranching Culture"
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

MURDOCK TALKS "Language of the Land: Cowboy Poetry Inspired by Oregon's Western Heritage and Ranching Culture"

Throughout the history of the American West, and in Oregon, cowboy poets have played a large part in preserving our western heritage and the culture of Oregon through oral and written poetry.   Cowboy poetry is part of a long-cherished legacy and Oregon has produced well-respected contemporary cowboy poets, including this program’s presenter, Tom Swearingen.

A two-time winner of the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Contest, Tom brings his stories to life with rhythm and rhyme and a style that makes him a popular performer. For more on Tom visit oregoncowboypoet.com.

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Pints from the Past: "T.W. Sullivan and the Industrial History of Oregon City"
Jun
26
6:30 PM18:30

Pints from the Past: "T.W. Sullivan and the Industrial History of Oregon City"


Thomas W. Sullivan arrived in Oregon City in 1889 for what he thought would be a 12-month construction project.  Instead he ended up remaining for the rest of life, raising two families, and playing a huge role in the development of the Willamette Falls, Oregon City, and the industrialization of Oregon.  George Kramer, a noted historian of the paper and power plants at the Falls will talk about Sullivan’s life and the impact he had on Oregon’s industrial development


SPECIAL OFFER: grab a seat and order your meal before 6:30 and get 10% off!

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