Introducing Timber Culture, a traveling photography exhibition curated by the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center in Joseph, Oregon – now OPEN at the High Desert Museum!

Maxville was a logging town that once existed 15 miles north of Wallowa, Oregon. The Bowman-Hicks Lumber Company owned and operated the town from 1923-1933. Maxville had a population of about 400 residents, around 60 of them African American.

Maxville was a segregated town, meaning families were formally divided by race. The town included a school for white students and a school for Black students. Despite these laws, Maxville’s isolation encouraged the formation of interracial friendships. The exhibit’s photographs convey that unique story.

Although Timber Culture is a traveling exhibit, the Museum’s exhibitions team added their own special touches. The exhibit features historic objects from the Museum’s archival collection including a few hands-on interactives for kids like wash basins and a cross section of a massive old growth ponderosa pine tree.

Learn the history of Maxville today at the High Desert Museum! Timber Culture will be open until April 28, 2024.
Date

March 9, 2024

Time

10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

location

High Desert Museum 59800 US-97 Bend, Oregon United States

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