Using life-size displays, and multi-media and living-history presentations, the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center dramatically tells the story of the hopes, dreams, joys, and heartaches of Oregon Trail-era pioneers. A visit to the Center provides a unique opportunity to walk through a wagon train, join a group of emigrants as they cross the frontier, and experience history come to life.
The Center focuses on six themes related to westward migration and settlement:
- Pioneer Life on the Oregon Trail
- Mountain Men and early Trail Travelers
- Native Americans along the Oregon Trail
- Natural History along the Trail and in Eastern Oregon
- Mining and Early Settlement
- History of the General Land Office – Grazing Service – Bureau of Land Management
The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a Department of the Interior agency. The BLM is assisted by the Trail Tenders, Inc., a local non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.