Saturday, March 22, would be a great day to come out to historic Oregon City and the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center for a 1 p.m. special presentation and Q&A with Heidi Pierson of the McLoughlin House.

by: INTERPRETIVE CENTER - Heidi PiersonPierson, who has more than a decade of experience working for the federal government and currently manages museum collections at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, will give a free 45-minute talk about her work with the National Parks Service.

In honor of her visit March 22, Interpretive Center admission to the “Oregon Trail” experience and “Bound for Oregon” film will be a reduced price of $5 for adults, seniors and youth. Children under 3 and active military with ID are free.

Check in at the Visitor Center for general admission and information, then check out the Interpretive Center anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Prior to the general Interpretive Center opening March 22, families can arrive early at 10:30 a.m. for a special story time with Oregon City Public Library’s Missy Lipe.

Center staff encourage allotting an hour, minimum, to tour the museum. Although there are no formal tour times, an interpreter will be available to answer any questions.

Visitors also can participate in candle dipping (one candle per guest) and a special exhibit on women’s history, which replaces the black history exhibit showcasing information about African-American pioneers on the Oregon Trail and in Oregon City through March 17.

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