MAY 16th, 6pm to 7pm - Know Heritage: “Queens of the Roleo”, Downtown Bend
Deschutes Public Library
Screen the documentary and meet the director of this unique film! Documentary film maker Dave Jones discusses how and why he decided to document the story of four girls from a small Idaho town who earned 11 log rolling World Championships in 14 years and why it's important to preserved the lost chapters of our heritage.
MAY 17th, 5:30pm to 7pm - History Wander at Indian Ford Meadow Preserve, guided by Kelly Madden, Deschutes Land Trust
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Kelly Madden for a short stroll to learn about one of our flagship Preserves - Indian Ford Meadow. Explore the human history of the meadow including both Native American and pioneer use. Then, learn about the history of the mountains that surround the meadow while you stroll along a gravel path throughout pine forest and sage meadow. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event. Please register online at www.deschuteslandtrust.org/hikes
Rating: Easy, ~1 mile walk, partially accessible.
What to bring: Snacks, water, sturdy walking shoes. Dress for the weather.
MAY 17th, 6pm to 7pm - “Pioneer Settlers of the Fort Rock Valley” Panel Discussion,
High Desert Museum
Join photographer Rich Bergeman and a panel of descendants of pioneer settlers for a discussion of the history of the lost communities of the Fort Rock Valley facilitated by Andries Fourie, the High Desert Museum’s Curator of Art and Community Engagement. The panel discussion is part of the programming for the exhibition High Desert Dreams: The Lost Homesteads of the Fort Rock Basin, which features photographs by Rich Bergeman. Museum Members $3, non-members $5
MAY 17th, 6:30pm - “Wandering the High Desert with Stories and Poems” Cowboy Poetry, presented by Rick Steber, Bowman Museum
Join us at the Bowman Museum in Downtown Prineville forNorthwest history writer, speaker and educator, Rick Steber, for an entertaining evening of stories and poetry about the High Desert. Admission is Free. Bowman Museum is located at 246 N Main Street, in Prineville.
MAY 18th, 12pm to 1pm - Know Heritage: “Savages in My Family Tree”, Sunriver Library
Every family's history has hidden stories of characters and their capers, but not everyone goes out of their way to learn about their escapades. Join Clinton K. Clark on his journey to meet and discover the stories of his roughneck relatives who helped settle Oregon with all around Wild West pizzazz.
May 19th, 10am to 3pm - Nels & Lilian Andersen Homestead Days
Instant Landscaping Company invites you to visit and learn about the Nels and Lilian Andersen
Homestead. They will share the story of a wonderful Bend pioneer couple and their family homestead and dairy. Instant Landscaping will dedicate a new interpretive sign for the Homestead and Dairy Farmhouse.
The staff is proud to be part of a Bend Landmark property and look forward to showing the unique Tudor farmhouse and homestead to visitors. Instant Landscaping is located at 63160 Nels Anderson Road, accessed from Robal Road (off of Highway 97).
MAY 22nd, 6pm to 7pm - Redmond Know Heritage: Redmond City Hall, presented by
Scott Woodford, Redmond Public Library
Join Scott Woodford, Senior Planner for the city of Redmond, for a look back and a look forward on Redmond. Listen to a discussion put on by City of Redmond officials on the story of how the 1922 high school became a new city hall for the community, including how the City ultimately decided to remodel the historic building, the design process, and details on how construction occurred, including several surprises during the process, followed by a tour of the building. Scott Woodford is Senior Planner for the City of Redmond and staff liaison to the City's Historic Landmarks Commission.
MAY 23rd, 4pm to 7pm - Santiam Wagon Road Walk at Whychus Canyon Preserve, guided by Kelly Madden, Deschutes Land Trust
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Kelly Madden to explore the 150-year old Santiam Wagon Road at Whychus Canyon Preserve. Hike back in time and imagine traveling west in a wagon train to transport wool from Eastern Oregon to the Willamette Valley, or east to graze livestock on the grasses of the desert. Explore the site of an early homestead, and the signs and symbols still visible along the trail today that help tell the story of travel and commerce in the high desert. Registration is required and opens 1month prior to the event. Please register online at www.deschuteslandtrust.org/hikes
Hike Rating: Moderate, ~3 mile hike on old roads through juniper forest.
What to bring: Snacks, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather.
May 24th, 6:30pm - “Of Plants, Rocks and Peoples: a Geobotanical Tour of Central Oregon” presented by Stu Garrett, Bowman Museum, Prineville
Join us at the Bowman Museum in Downtown Prineville for a great presentation of geobotanical features of Central Oregon, by Stu Garrett, Botany, Agriculture Plant Science Researcher with COCC. Admission is Free. Bowman Museum is located at 246 N Main Street, in Prineville.
MAY 24th, 4:30pm to 6pm - Redmond Historic Landmarks Commission meeting, Redmond City Hall
The Redmond Landmarks Commission May agenda may include an update on the Commission’s Oregon State Historic Preservation grant applications. City Hall tours will also be offered. Meetings are held at City Hall, at 411 SW 9th Street.
MAY 25th, 4pm to 7pm - “Cowboys and Settlers in Sisters”, Sisters HomeLand Realty
As part of the Fourth Friday Art Stroll in Sisters, come view the artwork of cowboy artist Len Babb and meet the artist. The art will be on display in the 1908 home of Sisters early settler, stockman, blacksmith, and businessman Hardy Allen. Current owner of the house, Ali Mayea of Sisters HomeLand Realty, will provide refreshments and give guided tours of the house. Get a glimpse of early day Sisters, learn about the new Three Sisters Historical Society that will be offering for sale historic photos of Sisters, and view Babb’s work that reflects the life of the working cowboy, so much a part of the history of Central Oregon.
The historic Hardy Allen House is located at 401 East Main Avenue. Free of charge.
MAY 25th-28th - Ponderosa Mountain Men Little Deschutes Spring Rendezvous, La Pine
Each Memorial Day weekend, the Ponderosa Mountain Men organization promotes and encourages the historical interest and safe use of black powder firearms, with a recreation of historical accurate dress, lifestyle and events. Dry camping is available, and events are numerous, including shooting events, trading, a cook-off and potlucks. Contact Andy Anderson at 541-808-5392 for additional information, or visit www.ponderosamountainmen.org. Registration is required. The weekend event takes place south of
La Pine, 4 miles off of Highway 97, heading west on Highway 58.
MAY 26th, 12pm to 4pm - Tetherow Crossing Pioneer Day, Redmond
All ages are invited to join Redmond Park & Recreation District and Deschutes Public Library for a special event at the historic Tetherow Homestead (5810 NW Tetherow Road). Learn about the history of the homestead and river crossing, and our plans for the coming restoration. We’ll have Pioneer Era games, a general store with penny candy, and mountain man skills for kiddos, as well as site tours, Central Oregon oral histories, and an intro to genealogy research.
MAY 29th, 7pm (doors open at 5:30pm) - History Pub - “Camp Abbot: Training for War on the High Desert”, presented by Tor Hanson, McMenamin’s Old St. Francis School, Father Luke Room
Today Sunriver is an idyllic community in Central Oregon, but during World War II, it was the site of Camp Abbot, the western-most engineer replacement training center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Under the leadership of Col. Frank Besson, the U.S. Army trained 90,000 men at the camp, from 1943 through 1944. There, amongst pine trees and sagebrush, soldiers endured sub-freezing winters and hundred-degree summers. Local historian Tor Hanson has lived in Bend, Oregon for more than 25 years. He is a board member of the Deschutes County Historical Society and editor of its monthly newsletter, The Homesteader.
Event is free but reservations are requested and available by visiting www.deschuteshistory.org. McMenamin’s is located at 700 NW Bond Street in Bend.
MAY 30th, 10am to 1pm - Santiam Wagon Road Walk at Whychus Canyon Preserve, guided by Kelly Madden, Deschutes Land Trust
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Kelly Madden to explore the 150-year old Santiam Wagon Road at Whychus Canyon Preserve. Hike back in time and imagine traveling west in a wagon train to transport wool from Eastern Oregon to the Willamette Valley, or east to graze livestock on the grasses of the desert. Explore the site of an early homestead and the signs and symbols still visible along the trail today, that help tell the story of travel and commerce in the high desert. Registration is required and opens 1month prior to the event. Please register online at www.deschuteslandtrust.org/hikes
Hike Rating: Moderate, ~3 mile hike on old roads and through juniper forest.
What to bring: Snacks/Lunch, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather.
MAY 15th to 31st - Preservation Success in Central Oregon, La Pine Library
Through informative graphic displays, learn about local historic projects in Central Oregon that have been preserved, restored or rehabilitated. Historic structures and properties include the Penney Galleria in Bend; Redmond City Hall (Redmond Union High School and Evergreen School); Deedon Homestead in La Pine; Liberty Theater in Bend; Paulina Lake IOOF Cabins; Sisters Belfry; Bend Amateur Athletic Club; French House in Bend; Redmond Freight Depot; Trinity Episcopal Church in Bend; and Mirror Pond in Bend. La Pine Library is located at 16425 First Street.
Guided Tour of Historic Downtown Bend - Fridays & Saturdays in May, 10am, Bend Visitor Center
Join a Bend expert from Visit Bend for a free one-hour guided tour of the historic downtown core. Learn a bit of the past as well as the ins-and-outs and hotspots of present-day Bend and Central Oregon. Dates include 5/4, 5/5, 5/11, 5/12, 5/18, 5/19, 5/25 and 5/26. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Please call 541-382-8048 for details, recommended for children 10 and older. Meet at 750 NW Lava Road.