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Jerry Sutherland: “Calvin Tibbets: Oregon’s First Pioneer”

March 11, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Calvin Tibbets: Oregon’s First Pioneer

with author Jerry Sutherland

Saturday, March 11, 2:00 pm

Jerry Sutherland spent two years scouring archives and visiting Calvin Tibbets’ haunts across the United States and Canada expanding on research done by his father, Art Sutherland, over the previous seven years. He discovered that Tibbets was the first American to venture to Oregon Country determined to make it his permanent home, wrest its control from Great Britain’s Hudson’s Bay Company, and win it for the United States. Sutherland felt that the role Tibbets played being in Oregon to welcome and work with those who shared his goals as they arrived was significant, that his was a story that needed to be told, and that fans of Oregon’s earliest history would enjoy reading new information about the events and people of that era.

So he wrote Calvin Tibbets: Oregon’s First Pioneer.

At this presentation, Sutherland will use maps and other images in a slide show that focuses on challenges faced by Tibbets and his companions (led by Nathaniel Wyeth) during their journey to Oregon in 1832. Since no overland route had been established west of the Rocky Mountains, they were forced to figure out key sections of what would later become the Oregon Trail. Wagon trains eventually followed this route in numbers so great that they overwhelmed British claims and won Oregon for the United States. Sutherland will have his book available for sale before and after his presentation.


March 11, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
1726 Washington Street
Oregon City, OR 97045 United States
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