End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center  |  1726 Washington Street, Oregon City, OR 97045  |  (503) 657-9336  |  Open Daily 11am - 4pm

Happening at the End of the Oregon Trail

Written by Kristin Krahmer on . Posted in Historic Oregon City Articles

“Heartstrings” musical duo returns to the End of the Oregon Trail for monthly performances thru October 18

 March – October 2015 3rd Sunday of each month 1:00pm – 2:00pm (Included with museum admission


Nancy and Rob Downie perform as "Heartstrings" throughout the Willamette Valley (http://www.heartstringsduo.com) and have been part of the EOTIC family since 2006.  They play various instruments that were common at the time of the Oregon Trail migration.  Nancy plays the hammered dulcimer, fiddle, mountain dulcimer and Native American flute.  Rob plays acoustic bass, banjo and Native American flute.  Their one-hour program, "Sounds Along the Oregon Trail", is included in the price of admission to the Center.  It features music from the Lewis and Clark era through the Civil War, as well as information about the history of the tunes and the origin and construction of the instruments.  The program ends with a sing-along and an opportunity for visitors to see the instruments "up close and personal" and have a mini-lesson!  Please join us on the following dates from 1:00pm – 2:00pm in Wagon III: March 15, April 19, May 16*, June 21, July 19, Aug 16, Sept 20 and Oct 18.

 *Please note that the performance in May will not occur on the regular schedule; It is scheduled for Saturday, May 16 instead of May 17*




Toddler Story Time featuring Missy Lipe at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Info Center (Free) Join us for a special story time each month for the little ones! Stay afterwards to enjoy the Interpretive Center (admission required) and bring a sack lunch to have in our Picnic Shelter. Shop in the Country Store while the kiddos play "pioneer dress up"! Gather early at the Visitor Center at 10:15am to hear stories about the Oregon Trail experience! Story times will run on the last Saturday of the month, 10:30am - 11:00am. Upcoming dates include February 28, March 28, April 25 and May 30.


First Friday Films at the End of the Oregon Trail February 6, March 6, April 3 and May 1 at 6:30pm (Free)

 FFF Tri thru May 2015

For more info please visit the Library's webpage: www.orcity.org/library










Master Gardener’s Monthly Topics Presentation 2nd & 4th Mondays including February 23, March 9 & 23 and April 13 1:00pm – 2:00pm in Wagon III (Included with museum admission)


Student Group 2014

Please join our Master Gardener volunteers for a chance to discuss the following topics and learn more about our on-site pioneer heritage garden. Please visit our website or call 503-657-9336 for changes or updates to the schedule or topics. 


Monday, February 23rd featuring Nikki Mantei on Sustainable Gardening: Nikki will present a variety of ideas on how to sustainably setup and maintain a successful garden, and connect how sustainable gardening from the pioneer era relates to modern gardening styles. 


Monday, March 9th featuring Jean Erickson on Creating Winter Interest in the Garden: Learn more about special plants that add interest to our gardens during the winter months. Northwest natives, evergreens and grasses can create interesting focal points.


Monday March 23rd featuring Bruce Gibler on the Basics of Composting: The process, methods and uses of this valuable resource in the garden. 


Monday April 13th featuring Judy Mathias on Pioneer Cooking from the Garden: This presentation will include methods of cooking and proper care of cast iron Dutch Ovens, and how the pioneers utuilized them and foods they prepared


Award winning author Jane Kirkpatrick returns to the End of the Oregon Trail on Sunday, May 10 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm to present her latest book, A Light in the Wilderness. 

KilpatrickEvent Kirkpatrick will discuss Clackamas County connections within her works, especially in A Light in the Wilderness, her 26th book. The novel is based on the life of Letitia Carson, one of the first African American pioneers to cross the Oregon Trail, give birth along the way, and settle on her claim with her common law Irish husband, David Carson. Kirkpatrick's books have won several national awards and been short-listed for awards including the Oregon Book Award. Her novel A Sweetness to the Soul was named Oregon's 100: 1800-2000 as one of the best books about Oregon published in the last 200 years. For more information on Kirkpatrick, please visit 


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Hours: Open Daily Monday – Sunday 11am – 4pm