Newell Pioneer Village will gives its second-annual nod to the U.S. Constitution with an event to educate modern-day citizens of the enduring impact this country's founding document continues to have on their lives.
And of course, there will be plenty of ways to immerse in the daily life Oregonians would have experienced in the 1850s at the Village Faire and Public Meeting on Saturday – including how their ancestors took a day to relax.
"The local faire was a chance for the townsfolk to gather for an exchange of ideas and an opportunity to kick up their heels a little," according to a press release.
With admission to the museum free for this event, attendees will can wander through the faire and see how living history re-enactors demonstrate crafts, trades and aspects of daily living, according to museum director Judy Van Atta.
The Village Faire and Public Meeting began last year as Oregon State Society Daughters of the American Revolution – which owns and operates Newell Pioneer Village – used the event to highlight Constitution Day, Sept. 17, which happened to fall on a Saturday. The date is when delegates of the Constitutional Convention signed the governing document in 1787 and set off the process for states to ratify it.
Organizers seized on the timing by hosting Butteville native Judge Edward Leavy of the U.S. Court of Appeals' Ninth Circuit to speak about the enduring impact of the founding document.
While Van Atta said this year's public meeting may not include the ceremonial bell ringing that traditionally heralds Constitution Day, organizers still plan to make the document the focus of the public meeting as they host a group of high school students to debate constitutional issues.
The Village Faire, however, will be more of a traditional living history event emulating how Oregonians of the past would have taken a town-wide rest.
In addition to live music and homemade soup for sale, the event will feature demonstrations of numerous historical crafts and trades, including a blacksmith, a spoon carver, spinners and a soap maker, the release states.
Attendees can also try their hands at some of the daily chores of the time, including washing laundry, dipping candles and carding wool, Van Atta said.
The Village's Newell House, Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin and Butteville Academy will be open during the event.
In addition, a later era will be on display as the village hosts the Willamette Valley Model-T Club.
The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Newell Pioneer Village, 8089 Champoeg Road, with free admission for the day. More information is available at http://newellpioneer village.com/events/.