ONLINE ONLY: Know Timber - Maxville Timber Culture - Past, Present and Future

Thursday, November 04, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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Gwen Trice provides an overview of her work preserving the heritage of Maxville and the African American contributions to the logging industry.

The mission of the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center is focused on gathering, preserving, and sharing the rich history of African American, Indigenous, and immigrant loggers in the Pacific Northwest. We will continue using inclusive stories of multicultural logging communities to better connect the experiences of immigrants and migrants to this larger American narrative.

MHIC relocated to a highly visible visitor center on Main Street in Joseph, Oregon, in 2015. The welcoming store-front visitor center, which provides easy access to the public, is open throughout the year. Hours and days change during the off season with appointment options for visitors and annual closure for maintenance and exhibit updates.

Related to the visitor center is the astonishing array of successful outreach initiatives MHIC has created and funded since its founding in 2008. These include the preservation of a culturally historic building at the Maxville town site, the formation of a library and archive of logging history, traveling exhibits that tell the history of African American contributions to the logging industry, inclusive curriculums and lesson plans for youth, a musical play on African American loggers, and annual flagship event called the Annual Woodlands and Watersheds Gathering.

Purchase of 240 acres including the original Maxville townsite is presently being acquired by MHIC to expand the brave spaces that include Archeology study, forestry education, outdoor school and facilitated tours to name a few uses under development.

MHIC was inspired by an Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) documentary titled "The Logger's Daughter" which shed light on this little-known history of African American loggers and their families who migrated to Maxville from all over the South and Midwest.

Gwendolyn Trice is the Founder and Executive Director of the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center (MHIC), a museum located in Joseph, Oregon. Gwen served on the Oregon State Advocacy Commission of Black Affairs and serves today on the State Advisory on Historic Preservation and is a 2015 recipient of the Oregon Women of Achievement Award, a nationally certified interpretive guide (NAI) 2017 and the 2020 Stewardship Award recipient from the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon. Gwen's work is featured in the May 2021 issue of Smithsonian Magazine.


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Adult Program
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Gwendolyn Tricce
Liz Goodrich | | 541-312-1032