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Building Communities in Oregon: An Archaeological Perspective

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 6:00PM

Join us to hear archaeologist Alexandra Williams-Larson from Archaeological Investigations Northwest speak to us about the communities built by different waves of immigrants to Oregon and the challenges they faced, beginning after the fur trade era up through the mid-twentieth century.

Ms. Williams-Larson will bring artifacts to help illustrate her discussion of the typical archaeological sites associated with different cultural groups and what they can teach us about these groups’ experiences.

Out of This World Eclipse Fun Day

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 10:00AM-5:00PM

Drop-in throughout the day for self-guided eclipse activities and crafts. All ages welcome!

Thanks to a generous donor, a limited number of eclipse viewers will be available on a first come, first served basis. Limit two per family, while supplies last.

Hearts of the Dulcimer

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 6:30-8:30PM

Hearts of the Dulcimer is a feature-length documentary film about the mountain dulcimer boom in the 1970s on the West Coast and its lasting impact. Through colorful interviews, rare archival footage, and live performances, Hearts of the Dulcimer gives a firsthand account of living life in the counterculture, following one’s passion, and playing and building mountain dulcimers. A film by Patricia Delich and Wayne Jiang.

Summer Performer: Michael O’Neil

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 11:00AM

Michael O’Neill is the Co-founder of Nomadic Theatre Co. and is an acting, directing, and clowning extraordinaire. Join him for family fun and lots of laughs!

Eclipses and Other Occultations

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 4:00PM

Join Dr. Roy Torley to discuss solar eclipses, lunar eclipses, eclipses seen from the International Space Station, eclipse chasing, and our very own eclipse coming up on Monday, August 21 at 10:15 am! All attendees will receive a free solar eclipse viewer (while supplies last). Limit one viewer per person. 

Summer Performer: Rick Huddle

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 11:00AM

Rick Huddle combines physical humor, theatrical storytelling, and music to put on variety shows that go beyond mere entertainment. Parents and children will laugh, sing, and play their way to a deeper understanding of each other.

Teen Summer Event: Rewild

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2:00PM

Learn how to rub sticks together to make a fire, and how to make the most ancient stone tools known to humanity. These skills will connect everyone to our past, teach us about who we are and where we came from, and provide knowledge that could help us in the future. For teens entering 6th through 12th grade.

Engineer It! Exploring Ancient Technologies

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 11:00 AM

Build a shelter, design a boat, weave a shoe, or invent a fishing tool! Try out your own engineering skills whMNCHile discovering technologies designed by Oregon’s first engineers. Native American people have long used science and engineering to create effective tools, homes, clothing, cooking methods and more – passing this knowledge down through generations. Many of these innovations are still being used today! Join us to explore a collection of Oregon artifacts from the museum and engage in fun, hands-on engineering challenges.