Time Travel to 1932

Jacksonville in 1932 was a much different place than it is today.  The country was weighed down by the  Great Depression. Locals are digging up backyards and streets looking for any gold left from the town’s original gold rush.  And hobos go house to house looking for hand-outs.

Volunteer docents at Beekman House will portray Beekman family members, friends and staff for the 1932 Living History Tours, Saturday, June 22, to give visitors a chance to see what life was like back then.

Historic Jacksonville, Inc. brings the 1873 Cornelius C. Beekman House Museum to life with 1932 Living History Tours at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.  The Beekman House is located at 470 E. California Street in Jacksonville. Tour admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the door. Tours are not recommended for children under 10.  Proceeds benefit Jacksonville historic preservation efforts.

The scene that unfolds is that Julia Beekman has passed away, and daughter Carrie is moving to Portland where her brother Ben has lived for the past 40 years.  Historical interpreters portray Carrie and Ben as they close up the family home, going through years of accumulated belongings.  Relatives and friends join them for reminiscences about life in the late 1800s and observations and comments on current events and a depression era town and nation.

The Beekman House Museum remains completely furnished with original family furniture and artifacts, a rarity when most historic homes are furnished with “period pieces.” Family patriarch Cornelius Beekman was Jacksonville’s wealthiest and most prominent pioneer.  He was banker, investor, entrepreneur and public servant.  The Oregonian named him as one of the 100 most influential people in Oregon during the 100 years following statehood. Beekman built the family home in the early 1870s, and the Beekmans were the only family to occupy it.

Historic Jacksonville, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, will also offer these 1932 Living History tours on the 4rd Saturday of each month, May through September, as part of its mission to bring Jacksonville’s historic buildings to life through programs, events, and activities.

For additional information about the Beekman House Living History tours and other Historic Jacksonville, Inc. activities, visit HJI’s website at www.historicjacksonville.org, or contact 541-245-3650 or info@historicjacksonville.org.

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