06/25/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/25/2019 13:05
BAKER CITY, Ore.-The Bureau of Land Management's National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center will be connecting kids to public lands and America's natural and cultural heritage with a variety of programs and workshops in July.
A new Blacksmith Shop is open to the public and live demonstrations are scheduled July 3, 8, 10, 24 and 29. See how horseshoes, nails and many other essentials were made on the trail.
Interested in the plants and animals of the Oregon Trail? An easy, ranger-guided Nature Hike will be offered at 10 a.m. July 5, 6, 14, 16 and 22.
Wandering Minstrel Hank Cramer tells the history of the overland emigrants, early day miners, and settlers through music and stories at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. daily ThursdaySunday, July 4-7.
Painter Sandra Ford will be the Artist on Site from 9-11 a.m. Sundays, July 7 and 28.
Learn to play the mountain dulcimer at a special workshop with Heidi Muller and Bob Webb at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, or just hear them perform at 1:30 p.m. This duo, based in Joseph, Oregon, has recorded and performed original and traditional Appalachian music together since 2003.
A very special program, Wallowa Homeland, will be presented at 10 a.m. Monday, July 29, with representatives of the Nez Perce talking about the history of their people in northeast Oregon.
Learn basic horse keeping skills at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. July 31 from Alayne Blickle, director of Horses for Clean Water, plus Firewise strategies for horse properties at noon.
A new exhibit is being showcased in the Flagstaff Gallery through Sept. 2. Dead Reckoning: Navigating the Frontier West showcases the equipment and landmarks pioneers relied on as they traversed the Oregon Trail as well as the challenges they encountered.
A complete schedule of daily programs and activities, plus more information about NHOTIC, can be found at https://www.blm.gov/nhotic or by calling 541-523-1843.
The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is located just east of Baker City. Take Exit 302 from Interstate 84 onto Oregon Highway 86 and proceed about five miles. NHOTIC is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission for adults is $8.00; seniors $4.50; and children 15 and under are free. America the Beautiful Interagency Park Passes are accepted.
For information on other events in Baker County, Oregon, please call the chamber of commerce at 1-800-523-1235.