Pioneer History in Story & Song

After 20 sold-out “Pioneer History in Story & Song” performances in 2016 and 2017, troubadour David Gordon returns by popular demand in 2018 with three of his most-requested programs of songs and tales.


Sunday, February 4 — “The Life of Stephen Foster: Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts.”

Sunday, March 4 — “The Gold Rush: The Days of ’49.”  

Sunday, April 1 — “The Oregon Trail:  One More River to Cross.

Performances are at 1:30 and 3 p.m. in the Naversen Room of the Jacksonville Library located at 340 West C Street.  Admission is $5 per person.  Reservations are required and can be made at or by calling 541-245-3650.

Each 1-hour show will include 8 or 9 songs originally popular in the middle of the 19th Century. David’s narration interweaves the songs, gives them historical context, and helps us to connect with them and our 19th Century heritage.

David has been described by The Washington Post as “an irresistible performer,” weaving a soothing musical tapestry of songs, irresistible vocals, gentle guitar stylings, stories, musings, and his own unique brand of goofy humor. After a 40+ year career as an internationally acclaimed Bach tenor, this series represents a return to David’s musical roots.

David’s performances are intimate, casual, fun, and filled with memorable music and fascinating historical background. His combination of colorful music and true stories ignites the imagination, and brings life to history.

You can revisit part of David’s 2016 and 2017 series at his website,