End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center  |  1726 Washington Street, Oregon City, OR 97045  |  (503) 657-9336  | Open Daily: Sundays 10:30am - 5pm, Monday-Saturday 9:30am - 5pm. Last admission one hour before closing

Happening at the End of the Oregon Trail

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Happy Holidays from the Trail - Special history talks and warm winter beverages during regular hours to get you into the holiday spirit

Thanksgiving: Nov 23 - Nov 29

The Mayflower pilgrims weren't the only folks to travel a long way to find a new home. Our Thanksgiving history talk will cover first harvests, collaboration with local Native Americans, and reasons to be thankful in the Willamette Valley.

Christmas: Dec 21 - Dec 27

Arriving in Oregon on the doorstep of winter, Christmas was the first holiday Oregon Trail pioneers got to celebrate - with the last of their depleted supplies! This holiday history talk will cover Christmas traditions and first winter struggles pioneers faced at this time of year. 

Also Enjoy 10% Off Gift Shop Purchases During December for Holiday Shopping!

“Heartstrings” musical duo returns to the End of the Oregon Trail for monthly performances1:00pm – 2:00pm (Included with museum admission)

Nancy and Rob Downie perform as "Heartstrings" throughout the Willamette Valley 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! 





Second Friday Films every month at 6:30pm - free event in the interpretive center

Start the weekend off right with a thought-provoking documentary shown on the End of the Oregon Trail's big screen once a month. Free snacks before, interesting discussion after. This event is put on by the Oregon City Public Library; check their websitefor more information.

December 11 - Alive Inside:In this uplifting exploration of music and the mind, social worker Dan Cohen fights a broken healthcare system, demonstrating the power of music to combat memory loss. Combining family visits with testimony from experts like Oliver Sacks, the film also includes music that will have us humming. This film strikes just the right note for the pre-holiday craziness.

January 8 - Cyber Seniors:A humorous and heartwarming feature documentary, CYBER-SENIORS adds to the important international conversation about the growing generation gap. Focusing on a group of senior citizens who take their first steps into cyber-space under the tutelage of teenage mentors, the film expertly renders a thought-provoking look at a spirited group of men and women who are enriched by digitally re-connecting with their families and each other. Finding their footing rather quickly, the group moves on to compete for the most YouTube views while swiftly building their online inventory of friends. The inspiration for the Cyber-Seniors documentary came from a high school project that was launched by two sisters. For more information visit cyberseniorsdocumentary.com

February 12 - Secret State of North Korea: In Secret State of North Korea, FRONTLINE shines a light on the hidden world of the North Korean people, drawing on undercover footage from inside the country as well as interviews with defectors—including a former top official—who are working to try to chisel away at the regime’s influence.


Family History Wednesdays 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Weekly (Included with museum admission)

Black Pioneers

Come to the Interpretive Center for a special time to share your favorite old family stories, and discover and record new ones with access to Ancestry.com, audio recorders, and research and interviewing tips from our genealogist. Bring your specific questions or get help starting your first family tree and discuss the links between your family and history at large with different topics every month. 

Meetings in November will focus on utilizing and exploring military records.








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"At the Hearth of the Crossed Races" Author Presentation on January 9th, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Included with museum admission)

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Join historian and author Melinda Jetté in the interpretive center for a presentation about the social history of one of the earliest sites of extensive intercultural contact in the Pacific Northwest: the settlement of French Prairie in the Willamette Valley, now commemorated by the Champoeg State Heritage Area in Marion County.

With At the Hearth of the Crossed Races, Jetté delivers a social history that deepens our understanding of the Oregon Country in the nineteenth century. This history of French Prairie provides a window into the multi-racial history of the Pacific Northwest and offers an alternative vision of early Oregon in the lives of the biracial French-Indian families whose community challenged notions of white supremacy, racial separation, and social exclusion.