FOR RELEASE ON: Monday, March 12, 2007
Judy Van Atta, Event Coordinator, Robert Newell House / 503-678-5537
Al LePage, Living History Coordinator & "Robert 'Doc' Newell" / 503-335-3876
"Robert 'Doc' Newell" Turns 200 Years Old, Invites Everyone
Addresses Oregon House of Representatives on History and Government!
Share stories of the past and thoughts about government at the capitol on the bicentennial year of his birth!
The Robert Newell House Museum in cooperation with the Oregon House of Representatives will be giving the first historic Speaker of the House, "Robert 'Doc' Newell," portrayed by Al LePage, and his friend "Joe Meek," portrayed by Bob Hart, an opportunity to address the House of Representatives in Salem, Oregon on Monday, April 2nd, 2007 at 10 AM in the House Chambers. This year is especially significant since it is the 200th anniversary of Robert Newell's birth in 1807, and given this fact plus his place in Oregon history as a public servant evidenced by the memorial proclamation that is expected from the Oregon House of Representatives, "Newell" and "Meek" will inform and entertain those present about Oregon government. Immediately following the address, both legislators and the public are invited to join "'Doc' Newell" himself and "Joe Meek" in the capitol building to celebrate both with cake and conversation. Also, a series of special events will precede the address, and take place at the Newell House Musuem in St. Paul, Oregon on March 31st to serve as the official kick-off date to this year's many upcoming bicentennial events, all of which are sponsored by the Daughter's of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) with primary funding provided by West Coast Bank.
"Newell is alive and well," begins living history portrayer
Al LePage, and it's time for some serious fun! Fun,
because wouldn't you want to have some fun when you turn 200 years old!
So, it's happy birthday, "Bob!" And
having fun means, doing what Robert Newell would have done back then,
what those early American pioneers did to enjoy themselves.
You know, eat and dance and play music, and there's got to be
some kind of something to drink and games to be played and singing,
too, with the sweet sounds of children or the booming out of adults.
Serious, because, like for any of us, life's more than just
about having fun, it's about the work we do, the ones we love and what
we care about, it's about how we live our lives, too. And,
boy, did Newell live! He was mountain man who
carried a Bible and works by Shakespeare, took the first wagon over a
chunk of what would become the Oregon Trail, farmed, went to the
California gold fields, was a promoter, boat captain, mercantile shop
owner, peace-maker, public servant, had a huge family, married three
times, and helped establish everything from the debate society in
Oregon City to the first newspaper ever published in the Oregon Country!
There's a ton and a half of comedy and tragedy in his life and
times, and it's my job to tell that story, the serious and unique story
of his life and his role in
'Here's the low down for Bob's Birthday Bash," notes Judy
Van Atta, event coordinator for the
The schedule for Saturday's special event is as follows:
2:00 - "People's Cakes Awards" . . .
Contest Where You are the Judge!
3:00 - "Cake Awards Presentation" with Refreshments!
5:30 - "Robert Newell Birthday Dinner"
($18.00 per person, catered, RSVP required!)
7:00 - "Bicentennial Birthday Ball" a square dance
Live historic period fiddle music and caller!
volunteers who will portray the people of the past have varied
backgrounds. Al LePage, portraying "Robert Newell,"
is a living history interpreter, trainer, and consultant who also interprets various characters in diverse venues
"Let the dancing begin!" Bobbi Jo Wier as "Rebecca," wife of pioneer Robert Newell.
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experience as a volunteer portraying Mrs. Newell at various events for
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Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) owns and operates the
Robert Newell House Museum. The original Newell House was built
on the bluff overlooking the Champoeg townsite about 1852, and was
reconstructed by the Oregon State Society of the D.A.R. in 1959.
Besides the reconstructed Newell House, containing Indian artifacts, a
unique collection of historic gowns, and other items, the museum
grounds also include both the 1850 Butteville Jail and a typical one
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