History will come to life at the Grant County Historical Museum’s End of Summer Back to School Celebration.
The special events at the Canyon City museum, set for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, will provide a fun, family learning environment with living history, games, crafts and ice cream.
Admission is $2 a person, with ages 6 and under free, during those times.
Museum director Peggy Murphy said one of the museum volunteers will be dressed as Major Magone.
It is said the first fish placed in nearby Magone Lake arrived in the 1880s when Major Joseph Magone, a former Civil War officer, carried buckets of brook trout from the John Day Valley to the lake.
“Presenting our local history through presentations and enactments with museum volunteers dressed in period costume is a way to bring history alive for both adults and children,” Murphy said. “Many of the stories portray character traits of perseverance, hard work, honesty, leadership and building community.”
She said that once visitors enter the museum they’re surprised by the expanse of the space and the variety of artifacts and history.
People will find a room dedicated to music and a Native American room, as well as period clothing, household implements, tools, horse tack, guns, photographs and much more on display.
At the front of the museum is a gift shop with books, candy, toys and activities, polished rocks and vials of gold, silver and iron pyrite.
Murphy said she’s set a goal of 2,000 visitors for the season — so far, 1,420 people had been through the museum as of Aug. 11.
The museum’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
The regular cost of admission is $4 for adults ages 17-61, $3.50 for seniors 62 and up, $2 for youths 7-16 and free for those under age 7 and Blue Star military families.
The museum is located at 101 S. Canyon City Boulevard, 2 miles south of the stoplight in John Day.
For more information, call the museum at 541-575-0362.