1932 Living History

Time travel to 1932.  New York Governor Franklin Roosevelt is running for President. Groucho Marx is on the radio.  Miners are again digging up Jacksonville streets.  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 1873 family home with the help of family members and friends.  And you are invited to visit!

Experience Depression Era Jacksonville as you step into the 1930s, interacting with Carrie and Ben, their Aunt Kate and their former housekeeper as they sort through family belongings, comment on 1932 local and national events, and reminisce about life in the late 1800s in one of Southern Oregon’s most prominent pioneer families.  

These special Living History tours are offered at Jacksonville’s historic Beekman House Museum, located at 470 E. California Street, at 10:30 and 11:30 am, and 1 and 2 pm on the 4th Saturday of each month from February through May. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students.  Tours are limited to 12 people and are not recommended for children under 10.

Other dates may be possible for group bookings of 10 to 12 people.  Weekday group bookings between May and September may also include either a picnic lunch or a “strawberry tea” for an additional $15 per person.

For information or group reservations, call 541-245-3650 or email info@historicjacksonville.org

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.


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