Pints from the Past: Mrs. Pittock Part I

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Our popular Pints from the Past series is back with the help of the Lake Theater & Cafe! Enjoy a 3-part series on Georgiana Pittock and the Pittock family presented by Mary and Michael Hutchens.

Part I: Historical Presentation of Mrs. Henry (Georgiana) Pittock
Mrs. Georgiana Pittock, then a girl of 9 years old, took a wagon train with her family from Missouri in 1854.  She was a country girl, but her father was an architect and a builder.  Three girls and the parents, Elwood and Rhoda Burton, traveled from Missouri to Oregon, enduring the boredom and privation of the crossing, Indian encounters and the constant threat of cholera. She learned plenty of lessons in frugality and love.  She learned to see dying as part of living, and she came to rough-and-tumble Portland, Oregon in 1855. 

Learn how she married the young typesetter, Henry Lewis Pittock, in 1860.  Learn about Mr. Pittock's brave new advances in newspaper writing and publishing, and learn how that country girl became the mother of the Portland Rose Society and the Portland Rose Festival.

Mrs. Pittock will be speaking for about 50 minutes, along with her chauffeur, and will take questions following her talk. Don't miss this opportunity to meet a most modern Victorian woman who helped form present-day Portland, Oregon.

Mary Hutchens (a retired teacher who has 18 years in community theatre and portrays Mrs. Pittock) and Mike Hutchens (a former administrator from Portland Public Schools who portrays her chauffeur) tell the stories of Georgiana and Henry Pittock. The Pittocks endured the Oregon Trail and were integral to the growth of the city of Portland, Oregon. Each story is approximately 50 minutes in length, followed by time for questions and answers.

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, the 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.