1932 Living History

Time travel to 1932 Jacksonville!  The country is deep into the Great Depression.  New York Governor Franklin Roosevelt is running for President.  Groucho Marx is on the radio.  Miners are digging up Jacksonville streets looking for any leftover gold, and hobos are hoping for hand outs.

The Beekman parents have passed away and the “children,” Carrie and Ben, are in Jacksonville for the weekend closing up their 1870s family home with the help of family members and friends.  And you are invited to visit!

Step back almost a century and experience Depression Era Jacksonville.  Become part of this 1-hour “play” as you interact with Carrie and Ben, family members, and their former housekeeper.  They will be sorting through family belongings, commenting on 1932 local and national events, and reminiscing about life in the late 1800s in one of Southern Oregon’s richest and most prominent pioneer families.  

In 2024, these special Living History tours will be offered the 3rd Saturday of each month from February 17th through May 18th at Jacksonville’s historic Beekman House Museum, located at 470 E. California Street.  Admission is $10.  Tours are limited to 10 people and are not recommended for children under 9. 

February tours begin at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pmMarch, April, and May tours begin at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2pm.

Reserve your day and time at the bottom of the page!

All Historic Jacksonville, Inc. proceeds help preserve Jacksonville’s historic buildings and expand historic program offerings.

Guest Comments:

The finest living history I have ever witnessed!  ~Linda S.

The crew was outstanding!  Loved the way the brother and sister bickered a bit.  So realistic!  ~Larry S.

During my days as Chief of Interpretation at Pecos National Historical Park, we conducted living history presentations.  None of ours were as lively and professional as the Beekman House presentation.  ~Christine B.

That was such a wonderful experience today. You all did a fabulous job in bringing history alive. Thank you for a fun afternoon.   ~Leslie S.

Purchase Tickets

To purchase tickets, choose from the drop down menus below, click the down arrow to select your tour date and time, then add it to your cart.  Once in your cart, specify the number of tickets you wish to buy.  If you are on a smart phone, you may need to rotate your view to landscape to see all the options.

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(If you receive a “Sold Out” message, please call 541-245-3650 to determine availability. Refunds or exchanges are not available on the day of the event.)

And be sure to check in 5 minutes before your tour.  At that time any unclaimed reservations will be offered to “walk ups.” Walk ups will be accommodated based on space available.  

DISCLAIMER:  All tour attendees do so at their own risk and waive any liability claims against Historic Jacksonville, Inc. or any volunteer.  This includes illness and injury, as well as loss, damage or theft of property.  Historic Jacksonville, Inc. reserves the right to refuse admission or eject persons at any time.



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