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BRINGING HISTORY HOME

Murdock talks is a series of presentations focusing on local and historical topics and featuring a wide variety of experts. Murdock Talks are held in the Murdock Gallery of the Museum of the Oregon Territory one Wednesday a month. See below for  a detailed schedule of upcoming presentations, or visit our calendar page. 


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THE FALLS: STORIES FROM THE DAYS OF CANOES, MISSIONARIES, AND STEAMBOATS

In 1842, early Oregon settler Dr. Elijah White took a census of settlers in the Oregon Territory, most living in Wailatpu (near today’s Walla Walla) and the Willamette Valley. The census lists people in “neighborhood” order, including those living at The Falls, or present-day Oregon City. During this presentation learn about Chloe Clarke and William Willson, among a handful of others living at The Falls at that time: where did they come from and why did they come? What did they do, and where did they go? What ideas and misperceptions might they have had, and what legacies and challenges did they leave? As we travel back in time you’ll meet this earliest Methodist Missionary teacher and carpenter, discuss “Beaver Money” and better understand why the author who later wrote the book The White-Headed Eagle did so. Emanating through this presentation, brought to us by author Dede Montgomery, is the essence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, critical for travel and livelihood, then and now.

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


 

All talks begin at 7:00 PM and are held on-site at the Museum of the Oregon Territory. Seating begins at 6:45. Please arrive early for assured parking.


PAST TALKS

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