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Beekman House 1932 Living History

February 22 - May 23


Historic Jacksonville, Inc. is offering a Beekman House 1932 Living
History “family reunion” as family members and friends close up the 1873 Beekman family
home, comment on 1932 events and a depression era town and nation, and reminisce about life in
the late 1800s! Beginning Saturday, February 22, Historic Jacksonville, Inc. invites guests to
step back to Depression Era Jacksonville and interact with the adult Beekman children, their
Aunt Kate, and their former housekeeper. One-hour visits begin at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm,
and 2 pm on the fourth Saturday of each month through May. The Cornelius C. Beekman House
Museum is located at 470 E. California Street in Jacksonville.
Guests will time travel to 1932. The country is deep into the Great Depression. Franklin
Roosevelt is running for President. Groucho Marx is on the radio. In Jacksonville, locals are
digging up backyards and streets looking for any gold left from the town’s original gold rush.
Hobos go house to house looking for hand outs. Julia Beekman has passed away, and daughter
Carrie is moving to Portland where her brother Ben has lived for the past 40 years.
Historical interpreters portray the adult Beekman children, Carrie and Ben, as they go through
years of accumulated belongings and the memories they bring back. Their former housekeeper
joins them for the day. Their mother’s youngest sister drops in for a visit. And the public is
invited to be part of the story!
Family patriarch Cornelius Beekman was Jacksonville’s wealthiest and most prominent pioneer.
He was banker, investor, entrepreneur and public servant. The Oregonian named him as one of
the 100 most influential people in Oregon during the 100 years following statehood. Beekman
built the family home in the early 1870s, and the Beekmans were the only family to occupy it.
The house remains completely furnished with original family furniture and artifacts, a rarity
when most historic homes are furnished with “period pieces.”
Guests have raved about the tours calling them “the finest living history I have ever witnessed.”
A Chief of Interpretation at a U.S. National Park said that none of their living history
presentations “were as lively and professional as the Beekman House presentation.”
Tour admission is $8 for adults; $5 for seniors and students. Proceeds benefit Jacksonville
historic preservation efforts and are part of Historic Jacksonville, Inc.’s mission to bring the
town’s historic buildings to life through programs, events, and activities. For additional
information about the Beekman House 1932 Living History tours and other Historic
Jacksonville, Inc. activities, visit HJI’s website at www.historicjacksonville.org , or contact
541-245-3650 or info@historicjacksonville.org



February 22
May 23
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Beekman House
470 E California St
Jacksonville, OR United States
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