Cramer brings history alive with music

Hank Cramer photo
Hank Cramer will give three performances daily July 3-5 at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center outside of Baker City.
Hank Cramer photo Hank Cramer will give three performances daily July 3-5 at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center outside of Baker City.

Hank Cramer photo
Hank Cramer will give three performances daily July 3-5 at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center outside of Baker City.

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Hank Cramer

What: “Wanderin’ Minstrel”

When: Friday through Sunday

Where: National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Cost: Free with admission to center

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The “Wanderin’ Minstrel” returns to Baker City Friday through Sunday.

Hank Cramer presents this program with three performances each day — 10:30 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. —  at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

All performances are inside in the air conditioned Leo Adler Theater.

Cramer’s repertoire is a mix of original, traditional and contemporary folk songs telling the stories of pioneers, cowboys, sailors, soldiers, miners, adventurers and drifters of the old west.

All these topics fit with Hank’s life story: He has been an underground miner, a professional soldier, shanty-man on a square-rigged ship, wrangler for a high country outfitter and a world traveler.

He is an avid historian and presents educational programs that weave together music, history and cultural traditions.

He has been a full-time touring musician for more than 10 years and now has 19 CDs and several movie soundtracks and music videos to his credit.

Cramer and his wife, Kit, live on a small ranch in Washington’s Methow Valley.

In addition to his yearly performances at NHOTIC, Cramer takes his act across the country, and has also performed for veterans
groups and events.

The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is located east of Baker City, Oregon. Take Exit 302 from Interstate 84 onto Ore. Highway 86 and proceed five miles.

The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and free for ages 15 and younger. The entrance fee is good for two days.

Federal passes are also accepted.

For a complete schedule of events, visit the website www.oregontrail.blm.gov and click on “Events.”

Living history programs are presented every day in July at NHOTIC. Thursday Outdoor Club is held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every week, and is designed for ages 8-12. Cost is $2, and those planning to attend are asked to pre-register by calling 541-523-1843.

Programs for Monday are a black powder demonstration at 10:30 a.m. and “Trapper Table” at 2 p.m. Tuesday sessions are “The Parting” at 10:30 a.m. and a black powder demonstration at 2 p.m.

“Equine or bovine” can be seen at 10:30 a.m. July 8, followed by “Horse Sense” at 2 p.m.

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