For Release September 2003:

Announcing Cascade Geographic Society's "Living History Village" at the Mount Hood Autumn Festival

Situated along several sections of the Oregon Trail in Rhododendron, time seemingly stands still as you move from the Twenty-first Century into those forgotten eras of the past that have long ago passed from view. It is here, along Buggy Trail Drive where it merges with meadows, wetlands, and forests, a "Living History Village" comes alive on Mount Hood during the "Mount Hood Autumn Festival" on Saturday, September 20th, and Sunday, September 21st.

Visitors to the "Living History Village" and other activities of the "Mount Hood Autumn Festival", must park at Mt. Hood Village, 65000 East U.S. Highway 26, and ride a free bus to the site. Free buses will leave every twenty minutes beginning at 10 a.m.

The "Living History Village" is an educational project of the Cascade Geographic Society. The purpose is to give the public a feel for life during pioneer times and allow them to gain some unique "hands-on" experiences.

The "Living History Village" is situated on a portion of 18 acres that has been designated as a "historical overlay zone" by ~2~

the Clackamas County Historical Review Board and the Clackamas County Commissioners, due to the rich legacy that has been preserved here by the Cascade Geographic Society. Heritage treasures representing historical, cultural, and natural resources have been "taken out of harms way" and set aside for future generations. Here, the legacy of the Native Americans, the Oregon Trail, the Mountain Men, and the early-day settlement and homesteading times on Mount Hood, as well as one of the beginnings of its tourism industry, lives on.

Three of the primary buildings at the "Living History Village", have been designated as "Clackamas County Landmarks", with one built around 1880 and two others built around or before 1900 These join other log and frame structures representing frontier architecture, and make up a unique collection that seem to have emerged from somewhere right out of our past.

On September 20th and 21st, the Cascade Geographic Society's "Living History Village" will give the public just a sample of the activities that will be taking place once this complex is officially completed. For these two days, the past will literally come alive.

Visitors to the "Living History Village" can visit the Trading Post, Blacksmith Shop and Iron Store, Carpentry Shop, Washhouse, Community House, Pioneer Hermit Shack, Smokehouse, and Storytelling Lodge. And, for these two special days only, the Tollgate will be open to allow travelers to pass through without paying the toll.

Demonstrators and interpreters will help visitors to the "Living History Village" experience life from the past. There will be blacksmithing, dutchoven cooking, candle-making, pioneer woodworking, and quilting, as well as a Native American elder sharing some of the arts and crafts of his heritage. And, of course, there will be plenty of storytelling and music.

Storyteller Michael P. Jones, the Curator of the Cascade Geographic Society will give visitor's to the "Living History Village" a sample of Oregon Trail and Native American stories that he has become well known for. Tales about Coyote, Raven, Wolf, and other creatures join the legends of the emigrants who headed west and tried to conquer Mount Hood with their covered wagons.

As for music, the songs of the pioneers and those old tunes that have long passed will be heard once again in this unique historical setting. Pioneer/Old Time/Bluegrass music --- featuring "Nobody Special" --- will reach back into time and entertain visitors with the tunes from the bygone eras that they will perform on traditional instruments of the period. Utilizing guitar, fiddle, banjo, washboard, and washtub, from out of the past the songs that have been seemingly lost will return for the listening enjoyment of the public who will visit this unique "Living History Village".  Those visitors desiring food from the past, the Cascade Geographic Society's "Living History Village" will offer two simple but extremely popular dishes. They can purchase homemade pioneer sausage with gourmet mustards and Indian frybread with huckleberry jam, fresh brewed Oregon Trail coffee, and hot apple cider.

At the "General Store" visitor's can purchase a variety of items can be purchased by visitors to the "Living History Village". For sale will be fresh-frozen Huckleberries, Huckleberry Jam, Huckleberry Candies, and other Huckleberry products, along with Wild Dried Mushrooms, Gourmet Mustards, books on history and Nature, 5 Postcards, Oregon Trail Walking Sticks, and much more.

After a visit to the "Living History Village", visitors will have gained an understanding of just how far we have come since Native Americans first camped and utilized this land. They will leave with knowledge about this particular place in the Mount Hood Area when the Mountain Men and emigrant covered wagons challenged the rocky terrain of where they had been just standing. They will have taken a look backwards to this site when the first homesteader attempted to tame its wild landscape. And, they will also learn about the transition of this site into a "gypo" logging camp whose crew of "timber beasts" [loggers] were hired out to local mills but actually lived here, in a cluster of buildings, comprised of a Dining Hall, Bunkhouse, Cookhouse, and Supervisor's House and Office.

The Cascade Geographic Society's "Living History Village" will give visitors an interesting glimpse backwards to the days of Old Mount Hood. It is a place of history, education, and intrigue.

For additional information about Cascade Geographic Society's "Living History Village" to be held September 20th and 21st during the "Mount Hood Autumn Festival", call (503) 622-4798. Or, email cgsmthood@onemain.com.

More information about the time schedule for buses leaving the park and ride area can be secured by calling the Mt. Hood Information Center at (503) 622-4822. Additional information about the other activities to be held during the "Mount Hood Autumn Festival" can be secured by calling here also.

Cascade Geographic Society
P.O. Box 398
Rhododendron, Oregon 97049
(503) 622-4798

 

Updated Activities for September 20th & 21st "Living History Village"

Saturday: September 20th

Pioneer Foods: Homemade Pioneer Sausage, Indian Frybread, Hot Drinks, & More: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

General Store --- Featuring for sale Fresh-Frozen Huckleberries, Huckleberry Jam, Huckleberry Candies, and other Huckleberry products, Wild Dried Mushrooms, Gourmet Mustards, books on history and Nature, 5 Postcards, Oregon Trail Walking Sticks, and Much More: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Trading Post, Blacksmithing, Quilting, Pioneer Tools: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (sporadic throughout the day)

Dutch Oven Cooking: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (sporadic during this time period)

Candle-Making: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (sporadic during this time period)

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Storytelling --- Oregon Trail & Native American Tales --- featuring Michael P. Jones: Noon-1 p.m

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Pioneer/Old-Time/Bluegrass Music --- featuring "Nobody Special" (on traditional instruments --- guitar, fiddle, banjo, washboard, & washtub): 4-5 p.m.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Storytelling --- Oregon Trail & Native American Tales --- featuring Michael P. Jones: 3-4 p.m.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Pioneer/Old-Time/Bluegrass Music --- featuring "Nobody Special" (on traditional instruments --- guitar, fiddle, banjo, washboard, & washtub): 4-5 p.m.

 

Sunday: September 21st

Pioneer Foods: Homemade Pioneer Sausage, Indian Frybread, Hot Drinks, &More: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

General Store --- Featuring for sale Fresh-Frozen Huckleberries, Huckleberry Jam, Huckleberry Candies, and other Huckleberry products, Wild Dried Mushrooms, Gourmet Mustards, books on history and Nature, 5 Postcards, Oregon Trail Walking Sticks, and Much More: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Trading Post, Blacksmithing, Quilting, Pioneer Tools: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (sporadic throughout the day)

Dutch Oven Cooking: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (sporadic during this time period)

Candle-Making: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (sporadic during this time period)

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Storytelling --- Oregon Trail & Native American Tales--- featuring Michael P. Jones: Noon-1 p.m

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Pioneer/Old-Time/Bluegrass Music --- featuring Nobody Specials (on traditional instruments --- guitar, fiddle, banjo, washboard, & washtub): 4-5 p.m.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Storytelling --- Oregon Trail & Native American Tales--- featuring Michael P. Jones: 3-4 p.m.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Pioneer/Old-Time/Bluegrass Music --- featuring Nobody Specials (on traditional instruments --- guitar, fiddle, banjo, washboard, & washtub): 4-5 p.m.