In this Issue:

1. Deadlines Approaching for Grants Through Heritage Programs

2. Molalla, Gladstone Subject of Talks in Clackamas County

3. “Vesper Geer (1917-2010)” Documentary Debuts in Silverton

4. Annual Irvington Historic Home Tour Set





Deadlines are approaching during April and May for grant programs offered through Heritage Programs. Consider making an application for a Heritage Grant (April 30 deadline) or a Museum Grant (May 18 deadline). The size of the grants and the qualifications of applicants are different in every program. Visit to learn more.





Presenters from the Molalla Buckaroo will share the history of Oregon’s third established rodeo as part of the "Celebrate Clackamas County" series, beginning at 1 p.m., April 7, at the Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr., in Oregon City.

The Buckaroo began as a way to celebrate the Portland, Eugene and Eastern Trailway railroad opening to Molalla. Started in the fields near town, the event grew in popularity, eventually changing dates to coincide with Fourth of July celebrations. The Molalla Buckaroo activities include the naming of a queen and court as well as the Fourth of July Giant Street parade.

Following the Molalla presentation, Gladstone Historical Society president Mike Dawson and local author Herb Beals will share stories of Gladstone. Learn about the 1840s homesteads of Peter Rinearson and Fendal Cason; the development and naming of the town in 1889 by Harvey Edward Cross; and how the streets obtained names of American colleges and English universities.


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A new documentary traces 93 years of an ordinary woman’s life during 20th century through her photographs, letters, and journals. “Vesper Geer (1917-2010)” will debut at 2 p.m., April 28 at the Palace Theater, 200 North Water Street, in Silverton.


Vesper Geer was the 4th generation owner of the Geer homestead in Salem, the oldest frame-built house in Oregon to remain in the same family. Born in the kitchen of that old house in 1917, Vesper passed away there on New Year’s Eve, 2010. In the documentary, filmmaker Mike Turner traces Vesper’s life through marriages and war, on the farm where she grew up, traveling in an RV and visiting every state of the union, and abroad.


When Vesper was little, she listened to her great uncle tell stories about crossing the Oregon Trail. She never lost an appreciation for stories and came to believe that passing on one’s life story is an “obligation… written, narrated around a cozy fireplace on a winter evening, recorded or pictured with subtitles… just don’t take it all to your grave with you. What good is done by taking it with you?”


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The 30th Annual Historic Irvington Home Tour will take place from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., May 20. Included in the tour are seven homes and Portland’s White House Bed and Breakfast, located in the Historic Irvington neighborhood, which recently achieved a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. For tour information, visit , email or call (503) 223-5288.


Visit to learn more about the joint Oregon Heritage Conference / Northwest Archivists Annual Meeting April 26-28.

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