Weekend Ideas at National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

BAKER CITY, OREGON__With forecasts for smoky days and potential thundershowers, the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers some ideas for indoor things for residents and visitors to do at the Center.

Take in a performance of “Dr. Balthasar” in the air conditioned Leo Adler Theater. Portraying a mid-1800s medicine show, Dr. Balthasar sells miracle cures, medicines, and dispenses frontier health advice. The show is approximately 40 minutes. Friday-Monday, August 17-20, 11:00, 12:30 and 2:00 each day.

Make a Christmas tree ornament for the National Christmas Tree. Did you know this year’s tree will be from Oregon, and follow the Oregon Trail back east to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail? At this workshop, you can help make Oregon Trail themed ornaments that will be used to decorate the tree when it is displayed in Washington, D.C. this December. Materials provided. Friday, August 17, 10:00-2:00.

See a special exhibit, “The Wild is Calling,”  which features original artwork by multiple regional artists inspired by wild and scenic rivers in Oregon and Idaho.

Take your time viewing the outstanding ongoing exhibit about life along the Oregon Trail, for pioneers, Native Americans and people who settled the West. Learn about what inspired people to migrate West and contemplate how you would pack your own household for such an arduous journey.

The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is located along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, about 5 miles east of Baker City, at 22267 Oregon Hwy 86. Currently open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance fee $8.00 for adults, $4.50 seniors, 15 and under free; all America the Beautiful Passes accepted. Call 541-523-1843 for more information, or visit oregontrail.blm.gov.

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