Pioneer History in Story & Song Returns

Historic Jacksonville, Inc. presents another great season of “Pioneer History in Story & Song.” After 20 sold-out performances in 2016 and 2017, troubadour and historian David Gordon returns by popular demand on February 4, March 4, and April 1 to share the music of the late 1800’s and the stories behind it. Audiences can look forward to the following:

Sunday, February 4 — “The Life of Stephen Foster: Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts.”
Sunday, March 4 — “The Gold Rush: The Days of ’49.”
Sunday, April 1 — “The Oregon Trail: One More River to Cross.“

Performances are at 1:30 and 3 p.m. in the Naversen Room of the Jacksonville Library located at 340 West C Street in Jacksonville. Admission is $5 per person. Reservations are required and can be made at or by calling 541-245-3650. All proceeds go towards the preservation and maintenance of Jacksonville’s historic buildings.

Each of David’s 1-hour shows include 8 or 9 songs originally popular in the middle of the 19th Century. David’s narration interweaves the songs, gives them historical context, and helps us to connect with them and our 19th Century heritage.

David has been described by The Washington Post as “an irresistible performer,” weaving a soothing musical tapestry of songs, irresistible vocals, gentle guitar stylings, stories, musings, and his own unique brand of goofy humor. After a 40+ year career as an internationally acclaimed tenor, this series represents a return to David’s musical roots.

David’s performances are intimate, casual, fun, and filled with memorable music and fascinating historical background. His combination of colorful music and true stories ignites the imagination, and brings life to history.

Part of David’s 2016 and 2017 series can be revisited at his website,

For additional information about David’s 2018 series, contact 541-245-3650 or


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