End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center  |  1726 Washington Street, Oregon City, OR 97045  |  (503) 657-9336  |  Open Daily 11am - 4pm  |  Extended summer hours begin June 14

Happening at the End of the Oregon Trail

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

March – October 2015 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: June 21, July 19, Aug 16, Sept 20 and Oct 18.





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 May 30, June 27, and July 25.



First Friday Films at the End of the Oregon Trail June 5th at 6:30pm (Free). This will be the final film of the season, until the series continues in the fall.


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



Master Gardener’s Monthly Topics Presentation 2nd & 4th Mondays including May 11, June 8th, and June 22nd from 1:00pm – 2:00pm in Wagon III (Included with museum admission)

Master Garden

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, June 8th featuring  Connie Leben - Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden: Connie will be discussing methods of keeping your garden buzzing with the important insects and birds that fertilize plants.

Monday, June 22nd featuring Jean Erickson - Potpourri: This informal presentation will be about making potpourri with safe, natural plant products from a chemical-free garden. We will discuss collection, drying, scents, combining materials and storage. We will have samples from our pioneer garden and from local environments.  


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 


All events are located at: End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center

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