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Environmental Leadership Program Presents “McKenzie Memories”

In partnership with the McKenzie River Trust, the Environmental Leadership Program showed historical films and photographs highlighting the watershed’s history and people at the Bijou in early October. Our special guests – Roy Pruitt, Dave Helfrich, Dr. Alan Dickman, and Ken Engelman – provided expert commentary. Also, ELP student Cassidy Ventura presented beautiful images from the Fall 2011 MyMcKenzie photography project.

What was it like to live along the McKenzie River in the early 1900s? What did famous structures such as Goodpasture Bridge and Leaburg Dam look like 60-70 years ago? What do you remember? These were some of the questions explored during this special viewing of rare images of early settlers, river log drives, the McKenzie White Water Parade, and other iconic memories. We showed four short films, with expert commentary during or after each film: “A Picture History of the Early Logging of the McKenzie, Willamette and Fall Creeks,” “Shooting the Deschutes,” White Water Parade film footage, and “McKenzie River Holiday.” Afterwards, ELP presented stunning modern images of this magical river. Guest speakers and audience members then shared personal reflections on the history of the McKenzie. Visit the McKenzie River Trust’s website for more information.