McKenzie Memories

What was life like along the McKenzie River in generations past?

Thank you to our sell-out crowd for joining us for the 4th annual McKenzie Memories event! Whether you could be there with us or not, please enjoy this clip from the 2015 program. Check this website in January 2016 for details about the next McKenzie Memories.

McKenzie Memories 2015

Friday, April 3rd, 2015 at 6 pm
At Cozmic – 199 West 8th Ave in Eugene
Food and drinks available for purchase. Music by the Blue McKenzie.
Tickets: $10

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The McKenzie River Trust’s 4th annual celebration of early life along the McKenzie included storytelling, rare historic photos, and more.

This year, we highlighted family stories from Jim Goodpasture. In a moving presentation, Jim shared how the Goodpasture family settled here in 1853, and he told of their history along the McKenzie including their connection to the iconic Goodpasture covered bridge. Also Oregon author William Sullivan took us on a fascinating tour of the McKenzie’s geologic history and dangers as he explained three local mysteries. To round out the evening, a slide show of the McKenzie River’s covered bridges and other rare historic images took our lucky audience back in time.

All in all, it was another unforgettable paddle down memory lane. Tickets have sold out in advance for McKenzie Memories each year, and 2015 was no exception. Big thanks to all who joined us for this wonderful evening of connecting with each other and with the place we call home.

Kickoff the April Matching Gift Challenge

McKenzie Memories kicked off a month-long Matching Gift Challenge offered by our friends at Mountain Rose Herbs. In an effort to broaden our base of support, Mountain Rose Herbs will contribute $5,000 to the McKenzie River Trust if we can raise $5,000 in qualifying gifts from April 1st through 30th. For those who can give for the first time or can give more, this is your chance to make an impactful gift. You’ll help protect and care for special lands and the rivers that flow through them in western Oregon.

Qualifying gifts include:

  • All new gifts will be matched 1:1!
  • All above and beyond gifts will be matched. Increase your donation from last year, and your increase will be matched 1:1. To confirm how much you gave last year, call or email Jules Abbott, Membership and Outreach Coordinator: 541-345-2799 or

And if you are one of the first 100 people to donate $125 or more from April 1st to 30th, you’ll receive a reusable Chico grocery bag, embossed with our logo.
To donate online, click here.

Special thanks

A huge thank you to Lane County Historical Museum, Mark Stafford at Stafford Video, Bob Warren, Louise Solliday, Ken Engelman of the McKenzie River Reflections newspaper, the Covered Bridge Society of Oregon, Curtis Irish, William Sullivan, and the Goodpasture family for sharing their family stories!

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

Photographs courtesy of the Goodpasture Family, Lane County Historical Museum, William Sullivan, and Leroy Pruitt.