May 2023 Events

May 13, 2023 – 11:00 am – Old Aurora Colony, Aurora, OR.  This is year 20 that many of you have joined Jane with for the day-before-Mother’s Day event.  Emma Geisy was an amazing woman who helped build a Utopian community in Oregon after experiencing failure and loss in Washington Territory. She’s an inspirational soul that I’ll be talking about. There will be a light lunch, a presentation about gardens and a tour of the herb garden at the colony and a book signing.  See for details of time and costs for this fund-raising event. Treat your mom (or daughter and son) to a day in beautiful Aurora. Hopefully both Jerry and Rupert will join Jane.

May 21, 2023 – 2:00 pm. Linn County Historical Society, Lakeside Center of Mennonite Village, 2180 54th Ave, SE, Albany, OR.  An event about the Mother of Oregon, Tabitha Moffat Brown.  Stafford Hazlett, a descendant, will join Jane with fabulous details of the famous rather disastrous trip as 66 year-old Tabitha in 1846 took the fatal Applegate cutoff that nearly took her and her family’s lives. Jane chronicled her story in This Road We Traveled, a book that inspired a Gresham watercolor society to paint their versions of that story.  Talk about using stepping stones of failure to rise to a different kind of success, Tabitha is the poster child for perseverance and kindness in a time of trial.