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McKenzie Memories

Early driftboatA night of Rare Images – Guest Speakers – Historic Films – Live Music – Silent Auction is set for April 5th.

What was life like along the majestic McKenzie River in the early 1900s?

Back by popular demand, the McKenzie River Trust is inviting people to McKenzie Memories: an evening of storytelling, music, and rare historic short films and photographs. See footage of early settlers and old-time logging, including dramatic river log drives down the McKenzie, and hear special guest speakers share stories of the Whitewater Boat Parade, the history of the iconic McKenzie Drift Boat, and more.

If you share the love of Oregon’s wild McKenzie River and its remarkable history, this evening of storytelling and films is not to be missed.

Special Guest Speaker Randy Dersham will share the history of the iconic McKenzie Drift Boat and Whitewater Boat Parade during the 1940s - 60s. Randy will also offer a rare screening of the short feature film Shooting the Deschutes, shown at the 1939 World’s Fair. Shot in 1938, this classic adventure film - starring Prince Helfrich and Veltie Pruit - offers a chance to see parts of the Deschutes River that no longer exist today.

The event will be held on Friday, April 5th from 6-8:30 pm at Cozmic Pizza, 199 West 8th Avenue in Eugene.

It is a fundraiser for the McKenzie River Trust with a $5 suggested donation.


McKenzie River Reflections


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