History and Mystery

October 6th

7:00pm | Starting at Main Street Park, Monmouth

Welcome, adventurer, to a gateway that opens the doors to an engaging exploration of Monmouth’s hidden and mysterious past.

Prepare to embark on an enthralling journey where the past comes to life before your eyes. Join us as we journey back in time and listen to stories told about influential characters who have left a mark on Monmouth’s rich narrative, for better or worse. With eloquence and passion, local storytellers will weave their stories, inviting you to step back in time and witness firsthand the fascinating events that have shaped our beloved city.

Begin your historic walk through time at the plaza in Main Street Park. Here event participants can pick up a map that will guide them to the locations of local storytellers who will share stories.

The event is free and open to the public. Limited edition commemorative programs are available for a small donation to the first 75 participants.

Parental guidance is recommended: stories contain some violent references.

History and Mystery is accessible to persons with disabilities. If you would like to request disability related accommodation(s), such as an ASL interpreter, to participate in History and Mystery in Monmouth, please notify Suzanne Dufner at (503) 751-0147 or sdufner@ci.monmouth.or.us at least three (3) business days in advance. For more detailed information on accessibility for History and Mystery see the FAQs below.

“Every real life is a story, were it only told”

The Christian Messenger, June 24, 1871

History and Mystery FAQs

When and Where?

Beginning at 7:00pm on October 6th, History and Mystery begins at Main Street Park in Monmouth, Oregon and expands throughout the downtown. There are 13 story locations total.

Do we have to go to all the stops in order?

Nope! You can choose your own adventure as you learn about Monmouth’s past. Go to all 13 lucky spots, or skip around, the evening is yours for the enjoying. Just be sure your adventure also includes stopping by one of the many local businesses for a beverage or a bite to eat!

What's the cost?

Nothing. This event is completely free and open to the public. We do accept (and very much appreciate) donations, but it is certainly not a requirement.

How do I get one of the commemorative programs?

Commemorative programs are available to the first 75 participants for a small donation fee. Visit MaMere’s Carriage House located at 212 Knox St N, to pick up your limited edition program the night of the event. Programs available on a first come, first served basis.

I'm spending the whole weekend in Monmouth, what other fun things do you recommend?

From bike trails, to wine tasting, and a free local trolley to take you between Monmouth and the riverfront in Independence, we have adventures for all ages. Some special things of note for the weekend include:

Can I get a sneak peek?

Well, we suppose so. How about we start with an innocent story of robbery?

… This story takes place back in a time when the post office was the hub of social activity. It was not only the primary means of correspondence beyond your neighbors and loved ones, but was also a hub for banking. You see, there weren’t many private banks out west at the time and many farmers did not trust the few that did exist. So, in addition to cash on hand, there was the additional temptation of registered mail–meaning thieves might find valuables, even gold from California, in the parcels.

 

In 1913, robbers broke in and riffled through correspondence, which resulted in perhaps one of the most interesting postmarks of all time, when the letters arrived at their destinations marked “opened by robbers.” The culprits were never caught and a month later robbers again came, this time blowing up the safe, getting away with stamps and …….

Opps, did you want to hear more? We guess you’ll have to come downtown to find out more about our infamous post office robbery. Oh, and our ghost that continues to haunt the college to this day! And the Sufferage Movement in Monmouth. And World War II. Or do you like things a little darker? Murder perhaps? A bit of bank robbery too?

Who are the story tellers?

The story tellers at each stop are local citizens that include many local business owners, and guest appearances by our Mayor Cecelia Koontz and City Councilor Roxanne Beltz.

Is History and Mystery accessible to people with disabilities?

History and Mystery is accessible to persons with disabilities.

This event occurs outside, in Historic Downtown Monmouth in the areas sorrounding Main Street Park. The Carriage House at MaMere’s Guest House will be open and can be easily accessed by persons using mobility devices.

Accessible restrooms can be found at Carriage House at MaMere’s Guest House and at Main Street Park.

If you would like to request disability related accommodation(s), such as an ASL interpreter, to participate in History and Mystery in Monmouth, please notify Suzanne Dufner at (503) 751-0147 or sdufner@ci.monmouth.or.us at least three (3) business days in advance.

Save the Date: Halloween Spooktackular

October 31st | 4:00-6:00pm

Join the Monmouth Business Association and local businesses for a fun evening of downtown trick-or-treating. Businesses will have candy and/or fun activities at each stop. Be sure to also check out the photo booth at Main Street Park Ampitheater!

More information coming soon! So, for now be sure to SAVE THE DATE!