OE History Night in Bend

The Oregon Encyclopedia collaborates with the Des Chutes Historical Museum to present a History Night at the McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend every last Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Free and open to the public.   

   Fremont

   Bull Flat

   T.W. Davenport

    Depression

    Comrade johns

    Slavery on Trial

    Chemawa Indian School Poster

   Woody Guthrie

sagebrush

davenport

Madras

Langmas

amusement

geer

cabins

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 


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Women's Suffrage

 

“100 Years and Counting: Celebrating Women's Suffrage in Oregon." Presented by the Century of Action Suffrage Players.

Old St. Francis School (Bend): May 29, 7pm.

 

 

 


 

 

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Crooked River Bridge“A Story of Three Bridges”
Presented by Chuck Hutchings

Tuesday, February 28
McMenamins Old St. Francis School
700 NW Bond St., Bend

7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.

If you’ve ever marveled at the Crooked River Gorge and the three bridges that span it, you won’t want to miss the Tuesday, February 28, History Pub! COCC Associate Professor Chuck Hutchings will show the 30-minute documentary film he produced on the design, construction, and importance of the three bridges over the Crooked River Gorge and answer your questions after the film.
 
Professor Hutchings’ film has been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting and at the Deschutes County Historical Society’s Fall 2011 railroad centennial symposium. Discover the architects and engineers who left their marks—three neighboring arch bridges—on this rare spot in the world.
 
Remember, entry and start times have been changed to better accommodate those attending who order dinner. Doors will now open at 6:00 with a start time of 7:00.

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Basques"Amerikanuak! Basques in the High Desert"
Presented by Bob Boyd

Tuesday, January 31
McMenamins Old St. Francis School

700 NW Bond St., Bend

6 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m.

Beginning in the late 19th century the Basques, an ancient people from the fishing villages on the Bay of Biscay and the farms and villages in the rich green country of the Pyrenees Mountains came to the High Desert. Most came as sheepherders. Some persevered and became prosperous sheepmen. Others opened boarding houses and small businesses and became buckaroos or ranchers. Over the course of a century, Basque-Americans became an integral part of the region’s diverse and distinctive culture, its economy and political leadership.In 1995 Bob Boyd, Curator of Western History at the High Desert Museum and History teacher in the Bend-La Pine School District, produced the exhibition Amerikanuak! Basques in the High Desert. His presentation will revisit the story of these hardy immigrants to the High Desert West with historic images, artifacts of their life and work, and color photography of landscapes and historic sites from the region’s Basque History.





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temperance“Whiskey Flat and Prohibition: The Happy Days of Home Brew and Moonshine in Bend's mill worker neighborhoods”
Presented by Tor Hanson

Tuesday, December 27
McMenamins Old St. Francis School

700 NW Bond St., Bend

6 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m.
 
From simple drunkenness to moonshine gangs dynamiting policemen’s homes, enjoy these ripped from the headlines tales of prohibition Bend.

 

 

 

 

 

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buffalo bill"Buffalo Bill and the Origins of Pop Culture”
Presented by Terry Krueger

Tuesday, November 28
McMenamins Old St. Francis School
700 NW Bond St., Bend

6 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m.

Colonel W.F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody traveled through Oregon beginning in 1902 with his Wild West show of cowboys, Indians, Mexican “ruralies,” “Cuban Patriots,” “Roosevelt Rough Riders,” and more. He became an icon of the Old West, largely shaped by his own marketing, and his influence on western culture arguably helped shaped our current culture of celebrity. Terry Krueger, professor of humanities at Central Oregon Community College, will tell us why Cody and the Wild West Show resonated with audiences a hundred years ago and continue to fascinate us today.

 

 

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paisley caves"Archaeology of the Paisley Caves."
Presented by Dr. Dennis Jenkins

Tuesday, October 25
McMenamins Old St. Francis School
700 NW Bond St., Bend
6 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m.

Archaeologists working on the Paisley Caves in south-central Oregon are redefining our understanding of prehistoric life on the North American continent. Between 1938 and 1939, researchers led by Luther Cressman uncovered evidence that people from the Pleistocene Era has inhabited the area, making the Paisley Caves site one of the most important archaeological digs in North America. Dr. Dennis Jenkins (U of O) returned to the site beginning in 2002, armed with modern state-of-the-art equipment, to analyze the area and identify specimens. As a result, Dr. Jenkins and his colleagues made a crucial discovery that changed what we know about Oregon's earliest inhabitants. Dr. Jenkins shares his findings, and the remarkable work done before and since, this month at The OE History Night in Bend.


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to arms!“Oregon’s Role in the Civil War.”With Steve Betschart
Tuesday, September 27
McMenamins Old St. Francis School

700 NW Bond St., Bend
6 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m.

During this 150th anniversary year of the start of the Civil War, learn more about Oregon's role in the War Between the States. During the 1860s, the War coincided with several major Indian conflicts, and the government needed new recruits to replace the regular army regiments that had been sent east to the main theaters. The First Oregon Volunteer Cavalry Regiment was mustered in 1861 and began serving eastern and southestern Oregon (as well as southeastern Washington Territory) by maintaining roads (including the Oregon Trail), facilitating mining efforts, and controlling Native populations. Steve Betschart presents on the volunteer companies that occupied the many forts dotted across the state under the command of Col. Curry, and illustrates his talk with artifacts dating to Civil War Oregon.

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Meek"Wagons Ho! A Search for the Terrible Trails Through Deschutes County"
With Mike Berry, P.L.S.

Tuesday, August 30
McMenamins Old St. Francis School
700 NW Bond St., Bend

6 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m.

In 1845 and 1853, two infamous wagon trains were lost trying to cut across the high deserts of Eastern Oregon. Join Mike Berry for an overview of the routes and hardships of the 1845 Meek and 1853 Elliott “lost” wagon trains  and then discuss the use of old survey records and survey marks on trees and stones to pinpoint the location of portions of these trails between the Badlands and Pilot Butte. Some may be standing in your own yards!

Mike Berry has been a resident of Bend since 1975. A 1977 graduate of the Forest Technology program at Central Oregon Community College, he has worked as a land surveyor for the past 34 years. In 1991 he began working for the Deschutes County road Department, specializing in researching and retracing old public roads throughout the County. He currently serves as the Deschutes County Surveyor. His interest in old wagon trails and exploration routes through Central Oregon began when a fellow surveyor pointed out that an 1870 survey map showed that an old immigrant road ran right through Mike’s backyard.
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Pilot Butte"Archaeology of the Pilot Butte Canal"
Presented by Ward Tonsfeldt

Tuesday, July 26
McMenamins Old St. Francis School
700 NW Bond St., Bend

6 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m.

In 2008, archaeologists excavated a camp site from workers building the Pilot Butte Canal, shaping the future of Deschutes County. Join Ward Tonsfeldt for a look at what historic archaeology reveals about the workers and about the technology of these irrigation projects that shaped the West.

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Pilot Butte Inn Bend"The Compleat History of Bend: From Two-man Saws to Victoria’s Secret and Zip Lines."
Presented by James Crowell

Tuesday, May 24, 6 p.m.
Old St. Francis School
700 N.W. Bond Street, Bend

From small town farms and ranches to booming lumber city to recreational mecca, discover the forces at work shaping and reshaping small town Bend into today’s City of Bend. More than Bend 101, it is a story of timber barons and railroad financiers, colorful characters and the occasional movie star, all in the shadow of the Cascades.

Doors open at 5 pm, admission to History Pub is free. Beginning in June, History Pub will take place regularly on the last Tuesday of the month in the Father Luke room.

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