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'Hats off to Emma' set for Aurora

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Aurora Colony Museum offers special program that will highlight Emma Giesy

Jane Kirkpatrick will be an intregral part of the Aurora Colony Museum's 'Hats off to Emma' event Saturday, May 13. Oregon historical fiction writer Jane Kirkpatrick returns to the Old Aurora Colony Museum Saturday, May 13, for "Hats Off to Emma," celebrating Aurora's past via the life of Aurora Colony pioneer Emma Wagner Giesy.

Participants will be greeted by all-new historical vignettes, music, a book signing and talk by Kirkpatrick, and a catered tea.

"This is so much more than a book signing," said museum executive director Patrick Harris. "Our guests get real insight into the life of a pioneer woman, they can talk with the author about her work, and enjoy the beautiful Aurora National Historic District."

Events begin at 10:30 a.m. and the tea concludes around 2 p.m., when there will be an optional visit to Emma's gravesite. Tickets are $40 per person, available at www.auroracolony.org or by calling the museum 503-678-5654. Attendance is limited to 100, and last year the event sold out. Participants may wear a hat if they like.

Kirkpatrick is well acquainted with Old Aurora Colony Museum because of her series of "Emma of Aurora" novels based on the life of Aurora Colony member Emma Wagner Giesy. Giesy was the only woman sent west from Missouri with nine male scouts to find a new home for the 1850s German-American religious community that eventually settled more than 600 people in and around Aurora.

Kirkpatrick will also have available copies of some of her other novels, including her latest work, "The Road We Traveled," about the Mother of Oregon, Tabitha Moffat Brown.