Pioneer History in Story & Song

January 2017 marks the return of the highly popular monthly series, “Pioneer History in Story and Song”.  These  programs feature celebrated folk singer and historian David Gordon.   David will share songs from the 1800’s and with the stories behind them. The series runs once a month from  January through June.

The first program, Songs of Stephen Foster kicks off the season on Sunday, January 8.  Foster was America’s first great composer and its first free-lance songwriter.  Foster’s compositions include “Oh! Susanna“, “Camptown Races“, “Old Folks at Home“, “My Old Kentucky Home“, “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair“, “Old Black Joe“, and “Beautiful Dreamer“.  Known as the “father of American music” and “the most famous songwriter of the 19th Century,” Foster died penniless at the age of 37.

Additional dates and themes include the following:

Sunday, February 5 – Women Poets and Ballad Composers
Sunday, March 5 – Songs about Newfangled Inventions
Sunday, April 9 – Music on the Oregon Trail
Sunday, June 4 – Pioneer Laughter

Performances will be held at 2 and 3:30 p.m. in the Naversen Room of the Jacksonville Library.
Admission is $5, paid at the door, but reservations are strongly recommended – every 2016 performance was a sell out!
Secure your seat(s) by calling 541-245-3650 or e-mailing

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 Bach tenor, this series represents a return to David’s musical roots.

You can revisit part of our 2016 series at David’s website,

This program benefits Historic Jacksonville, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving historic structures related to Jacksonville, Oregon, by bringing them to life through educational programming, events and activities.  For information about this organization, check out:

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