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Free concerts on Aug. 27 to showcase military music from the 1860s to the 1940s.

Take a musical journey back in time with the 3rd Brigade Band on Aug. 27 at the Ermatinger House, 619 Sixth St., in Oregon City. The band will hold two free concerts on the lawn, one from 11 a.m.-noon and another from 1-2 p.m. COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF OC - Poetry winners in Preserve Our Past contest join their families at the historic Ermatinger House in Oregon City.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ermatinger House, this event will showcase military music from the 1860s to the 1940, noted Cheryl Rice, president of the friends group.

She said that band members will play instruments from the period and will also talk about the music and the instruments they play.

"History spans all things. It's not just dates and places but the culture and the people," Rice said.

She added, "If we can make these things come to life, everyone can learn some history."

The Ermatinger House was built by Francis Ermatinger in 1843 and is the oldest house in Clackamas County.

It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

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