The Oregon Trail Sesquicentennials Interpreted by Museums on the Oregon Trail

1843 Districts in Oregon

Publication: Oregon State University

Author: Amy Fackler

Date of Publication: May 1995

PDF File: FacklerAmyE1996.pdf


The objective of this study is to determine interpretations of Oregon Trail related exhibits and examine the factors that influenced them. Oregon museums and interpretive centers involved in this analysis are those physically on or near the actual Oregon Trail. This investigation is a natural experiment; the Oregon Trail Sesquicentennial and the choice of facilities along the trail provided a unique opportunity to evaluate the Oregon Trail related exhibits within a standardized context.