Maxville Heritage Co-Hosts 5th Annual Gathering with Oregon Historical Society

Maxville Heritage Co-Hosts 5th Annual Gathering with Oregon Historical Society
Maxville Heritage Co-Hosts 5th Annual Gathering with Oregon Historical Society

In the spirit of collaboration Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center is participating in a discussion to help bring public and OHS attention to Oregon's African American history, and about what aspects of visual culture tell that story from a local perspective. 

Dr. Olen Cole from North Carolina University has been invited to talk on Saturday afternoon about the experiences of the African American Civilian Conservation Corp groups that came west in the 1930's.  

The Gathering this year has been moved up to the 29th of June and will start at 9:30 with a USFS sponsored key ceremony. The Gathering will take place in Wallowa at Evans Park right off of Hwy 82 in the 400 block until 4pm. Gathering activities include; mule drawn tours to the Wallowa Compound. Dutch oven, soap making, blacksmithing, wool processing are among the demonstrations provided by local and regional community members. Kid booth provided by Building Health Families and State Parks. Representatives from local agencies will be represented as well. BBQ pork and Chicken lunches will be offered for a suggested donation of $6. 

Those of you who cannot make the Gathering in Wallowa, are invited to join Maxville Heritage for an Open House Reception at our satellite site in Joseph at 7pm on the 29th, our exhibit room is upstairs in the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture at 403 N Main Street. 

Refreshments will be served, bring your own beverage. 

Rene Devin, local long time quilter will give a brief talk about her "Civil War" Quilt donated to Maxvilie Heritage. Each quilt square depicts a specific battle. This 8 x 9 foot quilt took over 1000 hours to make and will be raffled $5 each or 5 for $20 as a fundraiser. 

Maxville Heritage's signature silent auction merges local arts and merchant offerings to encourage participants to visit local businesses and own local art!

Dr. Olen Cole will give a presentation and you will have another chance to meet Oregon Historical Society staff and talk about their work around visual culture.

Meet Maxville Heritage board members has they come together to celebrate our new space and collaboration at the Josephy Center!

Sunday, our last celebration of Maxville's 5 year benchmark, will culminate in a bus tour to the Maxville Townsite. 
 Lathrop Country Wines will be providing a wine tasting once we get to the site, Refreshment sponsor Terminal Gravity has provided a sumptious  spread. Our tour guide will take us through a visual walkabout on site and share some insights on Maxvilie's historical timeline.

Access to the Maxville Site is limited this year to tour bus ticket holders only. Seating is still available.  Buses will leave the Josephy Center at 11am June 30th and return about 3;30 - 4PM. A pick-up/drop-off point at Evans Park in Wallowa is provided for lower valley participants.

Tickets available at the Blonde Strawberry in Wallowa, The Bookloft in Enterprise, The Josephy Center in Joseph and Janet Hume-Swartz CPA in La Grande. Ticket are $50 each.

For more information call: 541-426-3545 or email:  

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