Making history fun for the whole family

Rag doll

Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 1.35.40 PMBAKER CITY  — Looking for something to do on this long holiday weekend? Family Fun Day will keep little hands busy and learn some local history, too.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 24, activities for all ages are planned at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center near Baker City. The center is operated by the Bureau of Land Management, and Family Fun Day is designed to help visitors “learn how public lands connect them to America’s natural and cultural resources.”

Crafts will include candle dipping, making pioneer rag dolls with scraps of fabric, and learning how to make frontier-style biscuits called hardtack.

Visitors can also pose inside a pioneer costume photo booth, explore a wildlife “skulls, scat and fur” table, or catch family-friendly films about nature showing in the Leo Adler Theater. The Trail Center also has a variety of free BLM Jr. Explorer activity books available.

The special exhibit “Finding Fremont” from the Nevada State Museum will be open for viewing in the Flagstaff Gallery. It will remain on display through Dec. 10.

On Nov. 25, the living history program “Lost Gold” will be presented at 11 a.m. Ranger Jeremy will explain why people came back on the Old Emigrant Road.

The center is currently open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Beginning Dec. 1, hours will change to Thursday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is located five miles east of Baker City on Highway 86. To get there, take Exit 302 from I-84. Admission is $5 adults, $3.50 seniors and free for children 15 and younger. Federal passes are also accepted. Call 541-523-1843 or visit oregontrail.blm.gov for more information.

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