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Historical museums open to public prior to city tree lighting between 4:30 and 6 p.m. downtown

Oregon City historical museums will be kicking off the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 1, with special events during the day to celebrate the busy season.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - The McLoughlin House is located at 713 Center St., Oregon City.

• At Oregon City's National Park sites, there will be two tours scheduled for 10 and 11 a.m. (earlier times for this day only) at 713 Center St. In their final event before closing for the season Dec. 1, the McLoughlin House and its neighboring Barclay House will then host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. with refreshments and music using an instrument that Dr. John McLoughlin brought from England. Docents will be dressed in period clothing as they explain the significance of McLoughlin and take guests through the houses that will be decorated for the holidays as they would have been in England during the 19th century.

• The Stevens-Crawford House Museum, built in 1908, will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 603 Sixth St. In keeping with its theme this year, "All Creatures Great and Small," the house will feature various winged, hoofed and scaled décor. There will be refreshments served by the docents, as well as offering tours of the decorated rooms.

• A neighboring museum, the Ermatinger House at 619 Sixth St., is the oldest house In Oregon City. Built in 1843 by the Hudson's Bay Company, this house museum will also be "dressed" in typical English holiday style of the period. Tours will be conducted by staff from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• At the Rose Farm, where the 1848 Holmes House museum is located, also will be observing hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served as guests sit around the fireplace and discuss items of the day. Music will be provided to help with the holiday spirit. Guests will find the Rose Farm at 536 Holmes Lane on top of the hill In Oregon City.

• At the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, 1726 Washington St., two award-winning Oregon Trail historians will present a special pre-holiday program and book signing. Starting at 1 p.m., Susan Butruille will be signing (and singing and reading) from her book "Women' Voices from the Oregon Trail," and Mary Bywater Cross will be signing the newly updated edition of her book "Quilts of the Oregon Trail." The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This annual heritage-holiday celebration will end with festivities and the official Christmas tree lighting between 4:30 and 6 p.m. in downtown Oregon City.

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