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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

National Historic Oregon
Trail Interpretive Center

Interpretive Programs

Leo Adler Theater

Located inside the interpretive center, the Leo Adler Theater holds up to 120 people and offers a variety of programs and films throughout the year. Living history dramas, lectures, and musical performances bring a new angle to the history of exploration, emigration, and settlement of the west.

Live programs are offered most days during the summer months and range from 10 to 40 minutes in length. A variety of films related to themes of overland migration and exploration of the West are also offered daily in the Theater. See the current schedule on our calendar.

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Interpretive Programs include:

An Evening Chat: Interpreter Susan recalls the highlights and hardships of one woman's Oregon Trail experience.

Nature Hike: Join in a ranger-led short walk around Flagstaff Hill.

Joe Meek: Ranger Jeremy portrays the mountain man Joseph Meek. Listen to of some of Meek's most infamous adventures and the occasional tall tale.

Packing for the Journey: Interpreter Cheri presents a program based on the journals of emigrant women.

Black Powder Demo: Learn the proper way to load and fire a flintlock and percussion cap rife.

Surviving the Trail: Ranger Jeremy discusses what it would take for you to make it across the plains yourself.

Campfire Conversations: Join Interpreter Cheri at the Blue Mountain Camp for conversations about the Oregon Trail.

The Ghost of "Whiskey" Davis: Interpreter Calvin tells this haunting narrative of hardship and loss on the Oregon Trail.

Equine or Bovine: Interpreter Calvin in the theater portrays a pioneer pondering the pros & cons of different draft animals.

Lost Gold: Ranger Jeremy explains why people came back on the "Old Emigrant Road."

Gold Panning: Stop by the gold sluice on the trail system where we will demonstrate panning for gold.

The Parting: Ranger Rachael portrays a woman who journeys to Oregon with her husband and children, leaving family and friends behind.

Horse Sense: Interpreter Calvin discusses how horses' senses and reaction have enabled the species to survive against predators throughout time.

Trapper Table: Ranger Ben shows off some of the tools the fur trappers of the American West used day to day.

Leave No Trace: Join Master Educator, Ranger Jeremy for a short workshop on the principles of Leave No Trace.

We Walked: Interpreter Susan shares stories of the journey across the plains in the 1800's.

Mining Hike: Ranger Ben leads this hike; discover mining's role in settlement of the west.

Windows in Time: A living history drama offers a glimpse into the lives of early day homesteaders in Oregon.