Camp Withycombe, OR—Event: Living History Day
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023
Location: Oregon Military Museum (OMM)
Oregon’s past and present come together at the Oregon Military Museum’s Living History Day with historical reenactments, dynamic displays, and interactive engagements. Free and fun for all ages.
Living History Day, aligned with Armed Forces Day, is a festival of living, breathing history, celebrating Oregon’s rich history of service and those who helped shape Oregon’s military legacy. History comes alive through reenactments and interactive engagements while dynamic displays and educational activities offered by present-day military, service support groups, and heritage organizations round out the day’s festivities at the Oregon Military Museum (OMM) Historic Park, located at Camp Withycombe. The Museum and the event are free to the public.
Living History Day participants include: Association of the United States Army, Columbia River; Clackamas County Heritage Council; Clackamas County Historical Society; Japanese American Museum of Oregon; Military Vehicles Collectors Club of Oregon; Old Aurora Colony Museum; Oregon Military Department Cultural Resource Program; Oregon National Guard Recruitment; Oregon State Archives; Oregon Youth Challenge Program; Pacific Northwest Historical Group, Vietnam; Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Col. Baker Camp #6; US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District; and Washington Civil War Association, 26th NY Colored Regiment.
The event kicks off OMM’s Historic Park open season, Fridays and Saturdays through Veterans Day, November 11, where visitors can experience the Quartermaster Storehouse which tells the story of the Oregon National Guard’s early years of training and supply distribution, the Battery A Field Artillery Horse Barn showcasing Battery A and 100 years of field artillery, the outdoor display of tracked vehicles covering multiple conflicts, and special events throughout the year.
The Oregon Military Museum plans to open its exhibit galleries in 2024 with its first-generation series of exhibits in its new and recently renovated home, once the Clackamas Armory. In 2022, OMM opened the Historic Park for the first time and introduced a slate of new programming and events which OMM plans to expand upon in the coming years. Further details about Living History Day and the Museum can be found at oregonmilitarymuseum.org, 971-355-2275.
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