Maxville 100 Year Anniversary

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Celebrate Maxville’s 100-year Anniversary. Maxville is part of a rich timber culture narrative. At Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, they are dedicated to providing inclusive and brave perspectives of timber culture through stories, documentation and interpretation.

On June 2nd and 3rd they will share their vision and mission with you of the historic Maxville site, in celebration of Maxville’s past, present and future.


Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Experience a unique interpretation of coming works to the site and take a journey into the future of Maxville. Reimagine Maxville with our educational partners and collaborators.

Enjoy live entertainment from local performance artists and special guests.

Light snacks and water service will be available. Help us reduce waste and bring your own refillable bottle.

Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Past, present and a future reimagining of the Maxville site & MHIC from Maxville visionaries.

Interpretation and hands-on demonstration of early 1920’s baseball. Look for a future annual exhibition game featuring historical elements.

Locally-inspired lunches will be provided at $15 each. Water service available. Free celebratory dessert! Dietary options.

REGISTRATION OPENING SOON. Follow Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center on Facebook for updates.

This is an alcohol and drug-free event.

Complimentary shuttle services will be provided for all visitors. Park at shuttle site. Shuttles will depart just off the corner of Highway 82 and Promise Road. Shuttle rides are approximately 30 minutes each way.

This project received support from the Smithsonian – Our Shared Future: Reckoning with our Racial Past Initiative. 

About Maxville:

“Maxville” was the railroad logging town that existed about 15 miles north of Wallowa, Oregon. The Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center serves as a platform to unify multiple cultures through educational programs, exhibits, and events. The Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center seeks to gather, catalog, preserve, and interpret the rich history of the multicultural logging community of Maxville, Oregon as well as similar communities in the Pacific Northwest. 

Maxville itself operated until the early 1930s and was unique in that it included 50 or so African Americans and their families and was home to the only segregated school in Oregon. Previously, historic records only made small mention of these African-Americans. In the last three years, the Maxville Heritage Project has fostered a reawakening of interest in this rich chapter of history through public lectures and school visits, an Elder-hostel lecture, AP articles and an OPB broadcast spotlighting this unique local history. With the ground swell of historic artifacts and stories emerging from descendants and those with relationships to people from Maxville, a large number of video, image, audio and textual digital files, and hard copy images have been collected. 

Displays include information about the loggin and railroad industry from Early 1920s-1940s.