Pints from the Past program offers look at early Aurora
This month's topic focuses how the members of the Aurora Colony, Oregon's first religiously-inspired commune, were received by the community they moved into. This will be the last "Pints" event until September.
Doors open at 6 p.m., the talk starts at 7 p.m.
The series is a highly-successful collaboration between CCHS and various Clackamas County libraries. Guests can enjoy dinner and drinks while hearing from experts about key pieces of local history in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
The June 19 program will be led by Patrick Harris. Harris, the executive director of the Aurora Colony Historical Society, and who has worked with ACHS in a variety of capacities for 24 years. He also served as executive director of the Clackamas County Historical Society for 10 years before moving to ACHS.
Harris will discuss the social, business and political relationships between members of the Aurora Colony and other Oregon pioneers with an emphasis on the settlers of the French Prairie.
The Aurora Colony was founded in 1855 by a charismatic leader and changed the character of the greater French Prairie community forever. Dr. Wilhelm Keil, a Prussian-born German citizen led a group of almost 500 followers to create a separatist community by the Pudding River. Jacob Geisy, one of the original members of the colony, said in 1901: "The men composing it were honest, whole-souled people; but with the next generation questions arise that the first cannot settle." Indeed, the communal aspects of Aurora faded after Keil's death, but the colony continued to try to live up to his ideals for another generation, integrating with the other settlers who had arrived before.