Pints from the Past: The Aurora Colony

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Patrick Harris graduated from Portland State University with a Masters Degree in American History in 1981.  He has worked as Executive Director and Curator of the Aurora Colony Historical Society for over twenty five years and also as the Executive Director of the Clackamas County Historical Society for nearly ten years.  He is particularly interested in the interactions between the members of William Keil’s Christian Communal Society at Aurora Oregon  (1856—1883) and the French Prairie settlers who crossed the Oregon Trail during the period of 1843 to 1870.  General interpretations have concluded that the contact was minimal but a study of the historical documents reveals extensive contact and cooperative social and business relationships.  Harris has also extensively researched the descendants of the colony and has integrated same into exhiibts that he has helped develop at the Old Aurora Colony Museum.  His presentation will explore some new research concerning the above.

Come on down and support a local business that serves delicious food and a wide variety of beverages while you enjoy free entertainment from our delightful presenter.  Doors open at 6:30 so you have time to choose a seat and order a meal. The presentation begins at 7:00!

This program is offered by the Lake Oswego Public Library in cooperation with Clackamas County Historical Society and the Lake Theater & Café. Admission is free and no ticket is required. Doors open at 6:30, presentation begins at 7:00. The Lake Theater & Café is located at 106 North State Street in Lake Oswego. For more information, contact Carissa Barrett at or 503-534-4237.

Patrick Harris
Lake Theater and Cafe
106 North State Street
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
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