McKenzie Memories

Friday, April 7th, 2017
7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
At Venue 252 – 252 Lawrence St in Eugene

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Join the McKenzie River Trust for our 6th annual celebration of the history of the McKenzie with storytelling, rare historic photos, artifacts, and more.

Come early to listen to the music of Blue McKenzie and see the display of old wooden drift boats, river guide cookery, vintage fly fishing gear and more early McKenzie artifacts. Food carts, Ninkasi and Oakshire beer, and WildCraft Cider will be available.

Then our program begins. Step back in time as we learn about the historic lodges like the Log Cabin Inn and the lodgeat Foley Hot Springs, now long gone. Paddle downstream with local storytellers Steve Schaefers, Don Wouda, and Dana Burwell from the McKenzie River Guides Association, founded in 1931. Hear stories about what life was like as a guide in the early 1900s and the guides’ key role in conservation and stewardship of the McKenzie River. Then listen as former river guide and hydrologist Gordon Grant weaves tales of the McKenzie’s unique geology.

And be there as we kick off the McKenzie Homewaters Campaign, a project that builds on recent conservation work near Finn Rock.

Don’t miss another unforgettable evening!


Special thanks to everyone that helped make this program possible:
Dana Burwell, Steve Schaefers, Don Wouda, Gordon Grant, Lane County Historical Museum, Richard Helfrich, Randy Dersham, Jim Goodpasture, Leroy and Shelly Pruitt, Mark Stafford of Stafford Video, Bob Warren, McKenzie Reflections, Curtis Irish, Montgomery Family, Roger Fletcher, Carol Ach, Loloma Lodge, Attic Media, and Blue McKenzie.

Donations: Ninkasi Brewing, Oakshire Brewing, WildCraft Cider

For more information about McKenzie Memories, please contact Brandi Crawford Ferguson, Donor Relations Manager, at 541-345-2799 x108 or

$10,000 Match Gift Challenge

Mountain Rose Herbs is challenging our members and those considering joining us by putting up $10,000 in matching funds for all membership gifts in March 2017. Give now, and your donation will be DOUBLED for land conservation in western Oregon!

For more information about the Match Gift Challenge, please contact Julia Sherwood, Membership Coordinator, at 541-345-2799 x107 or

Past McKenzie Memories Clips

Please enjoy these clips from the 2015-2017 programs.