Hands on History

Come take this opportunity to slow down, step back in time and while away a summer Saturday at Hands on History at the Linn County Historical Museum in Brownsville. This is the museum’s first living history event, and it is shaping up into quite the day. We will have lots of opportunities for you to try your hand at various crafts, skills and pastimes that made up the lives of folks who lived here long long ago. All activities are free of charge thanks to a generous donation by Randall Tripp and a grant from the Linn County Cultural Coalition.
Here are just some of the activities on board for Hands on History 2018:
You can weave a necklace/pouch with Kalapuya tribal member, Stephanie Craig. She will be teaching this craft at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. In between those times, she will be demonstrating Kalapuya weaving and telling about camas harvest and use. For general ambiance, you can take a ride in a wagon pulled by Tom Marquette’s beautiful Belgian draft mules, much like the breeds of mules that pulled many of the covered wagons across on the Oregon Trail. Not only are Tom’s mules very much a part of pioneer times, Tom himself is a seventh generation descendant of pioneers. Feelin’ like a kid? You can play with pioneer era toys, like the limberjack and the gee haw whimmy diddle! For fun and gaiety, between 10 am and 1 pm, listen to and then learn some dances to music from the 1850’s, played by husband and wife duo, the Crazed Weasels. Getting hot and ready to sit for a spell? Between 1 and 4 pm you can have a seat in the shade and listen to storyteller Gordon Munro as he shares his amazing true stories of folks’ experiences on the Oregon Trail. In the area of domestic arts, we will have carding and spinning wool, weaving, quilting, wash day using wash boards and basins and sourdough bread making. Farmstead skills offered will include blacksmithing, beeswax candle dipping and apple cider pressing. Pioneer clothing will be available for both young and old to try on. Be sure to bring your camera for that, because you can take your picture all suited up in front of our Drinkard Covered Wagon that crossed on the Oregon Trail in 1865.

Sound like fun? Mark your calendar for this free, family-friendly event, and come celebrate our local history by jumping in and trying these treasured old skills for yourselves.