McKenzie Memories

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 5th annual McKenzie Memories event in 2016! Whether you could be there with us or not, please enjoy this clip from the program about the early history of logging on the McKenzie River.

2016 event information

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

Friday, April 1st, 2016 at 7 pm
At Venue 252 – 252 Lawrence St in Eugene

Sponsored by:

On April 1, 2016, the McKenzie River Trust hosted our 5th annual celebration of the history of the McKenzie with storytelling, rare historic photos, music by The Blue McKenzie, and more.

In a ‘fireside talk’, local storytellers Billie Ruth Rose and Doyle Hawks shared their memories of growing up in Finn Rock Logging Camp in the 1940s. Then, internationally renowned author Barry Lopez took the stage to reflect on his experience on the upper McKenzie River, where he has resided for the past 46 years.

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 matched every dollar you donated to the McKenzie River Trust from April 1st through 30th, 2016 up to $5,000.

Special thanks

A huge thank you to Lane County Historical Museum, Mark Stafford at Stafford Video, Bob Warren, Ken Engelman of the McKenzie River Reflections newspaper, David Quillin, the Rose family, Doyle Hawks, Curtis Irish, Rosboro, Larry Taylor, and Barry Lopez.

McKenzie Memories 2015

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.

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 collections of David Quillin, Curtis Irish, and the Lane County Historical Museum. Barry Lopez portrait courtesy David Liittschwager.