Museum Program Guide for WWII: The High Desert Home Front

Explore the significant role the High Desert region played during the war and its enduring impact on the region as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War II. Learn about what took place here at home, including military training, nuclear testing, Japanese internment, balloon bombs and the Bracero Program.

Enjoy these great programs offered by the Museum, the Deschutes Public Library and the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program of the COCC Foundation.

Photo: Lt. Robert M. Hansen writing home during Oregon Maneuver training in 1943. Courtesy of the Des Chutes Historical Museum.

 

 

Deschutes Public Library Series: Know WWII
For more information on these programs, visit www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar.

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Wartime East of the Cascades, 1941-1945

The Home Front war effort transformed both communities and landscapes across the nation. Join local historian Bob Boyd for a discussion about the experiences of soldiers and civilians, and explore the impact on communities and the region's landscape during the war years.
Downtown Bend Library
6:00 pm
No registration required

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Cooking for Victory

Chef and food advocate Rose Archer discusses rationing during WWII and the industrialization of our food system. Sample foods prepared by Rose which will be based on WWII cookbooks.
Redmond Library
12:00 pm
Register

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Wartime East of the Cascades, 1941-1945

The Home Front war effort transformed both communities and landscapes across the nation. Join local historian Bob Boyd for a discussion about the experiences of soldiers and civilians, and explore the impact on communities and the region's landscape during the war years.
Sisters Library
12:00 pm
No registration required

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11
U.S. Army Combat Engineer Training at Camp Abbot

Les Joslin gives an illustrated talk about the development, operation and fate of Camp Abbot, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Replacement Training Center, located south of Bend.
Downtown Bend Library
2:00 pm
No registration required.

Photo by Dale Vincent. Courtesy of Des Chutes Historical Museum.

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12
The Elliott Love Letters: WWII on a Personal Stage

In the months preceding D-Day (June 6, 1944), Frank and Pauline Elliott exchanged a series of poignant love letters. Frank had left Georgetown University to enlist in the Army in 1943, leaving behind his wife, Pauline, and young daugher, DeRonda. Frank died in the D-Day invasion. Explore the love letters with Community Librarian Nate Pedersen and special guest readers. Bring your own love letters or poems to share during the open mic.
Downtown Bend Library
2:00 pm
No registration required

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
U.S. Army Combat Engineer Training at Camp Abbot

Les Joslin gives an illustrated talk about the development, operation and fate of Camp Abbot, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Replacement Training Center, located south of Bend.
Sunriver Library
12:00 pm
No registration required

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
The Reel History of How Film Shaped the Views of a Nation

As WWII ramped up, Americans found a previously unimaginable access to news and information: the movies. Through newsreels, Americans were able to find out about the war effort on a regular basis. Join educator and film scholar Joel Clements who will explore how the popular medium of movies shaped ideas and attitudes as the U.S. plunged into war.
East Bend Library
6:00 pm
No registration required

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18
The Reel History of How Film Shaped the Views of a Nation

As WWII ramped up, Americans found a previously unimaginable access to news and information: the movies. Through newsreels, Americans were able to fin dout about the war effort on a regular basis. Join educator and film scholar Joel Clements who will explore how the popular medium of movies shaped ideas and attitudes as the U.S. plunged into war.
Redmond Library
2:00 pm
No registration required

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Screen On Paper Wings with Filmmaker Ilana Sol

In the spring of 1945, a Japanese balloon bomb claimed the lives of the only people killed on the continental U.S. as the result of enemy action during WWII. Forty years later, the decision to fold a thousand paper cranes would unite the Japanese and American civilians who were involved in and affected by this incident. On Paper Wings is the story of four Japanese women who worked on the balloon bombs, the families of those killed in Oregon and the man whose actions brought them all together 40 years after WWII. View the film with Ilana Sol, a filmmaker and archival researcher living in Portland, Oregon. This is her first film.
Downtown Bend Library
1:00 pm
No registration required

Programs held at the High Desert Museum

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Day of Remembrance

Dr. Linda Tamura, an emerita professor of Education at Willamette University, will share her research on the experiences of Japanese Americans during and after World War II. She will reflect on the lessons learned from this painful chapter of history.

6:00 pm
No-host bar
Members $3, non-members $7
RSVP: highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 18
Dinner and a Movie

Join us for an inspirational war story, based on true events. In The Great Escape (1963), a group of Allied soldies seek to outwit their Nazi captors and break out of a German POW camp. Pizza and salad provided during intermission.

Doors open 4:00 pm, movie starts at 4:30 pm
No-host bar 
Members $10, non-members $15
RSVP: highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp 

MONDAY, APRIL 24
A Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program in the Pacific Northwest

The Bracero Program was a bilateral agreement between the United States and Mexico to import guest workers to alleviate labor shortages in agriculture during World War II. Dr. Mario Sifuentez, a professor at the University of California, Merced, will examine the program's uniqueness and how it set the pattern for future migration to the Pacific Northwest. 

6:00 pm, doors open 5:30 pm 
No-host bar 
Members $3, non-members $7 
Students free with ID
RSVP: highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp 

Presented by the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program of the COCC Foundation and the High Desert Museum.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29
Weekend Workshop: WWII Aircraft Field Trip

Explore World War II bombers and fighter jets during a field trip to Erickson Aircraft Collection in Madras, Oregon! Tour the planes and hear stories of their missions and battles won and lost. This rare collection of aircraft brings an added dimension to the exhibit WWII: The High Desert Home Front.  Transportation provided. Please bring a snack and sack lunch.

9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Members $15, non-members $25
Registration and pre-payment required: highdesertmuseum.org/field-trip

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10
Lunch & Lecture:  Training for WWII on the High Desert

Approximately 200,000 troops, from all military service branches, trained at eight sites along US Highway 97 during WWII. Dick Tobiason, chairman of the Bend Heroes Foundation and a Vietnam veteran, will discuss the training programs and the Oregon Maneuver, the largest training exercise in the Pacific Northwest, held in 1943. He will also share about present-day efforts to commemorate the war and honor veterans.

12:00 pm 
Free with Museum admission
RSVP: highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp

MONDAY, MAY 22
A Complicated Legacy: The History of the Hanford Site

The Manhattan Project transformed the small agricultural towns of Hanford and White Bluffs, Washington into the world's first large scale nuclear research and production facilities. It also created a suburban nuclear community in neighboring Richland which remained under government ownership until 1958. Join Robert Franklin, assistant director of the Hanford History Project, who will discuss the legacies of WWII and Cold War nuclear materials production, advancements in science and technology, and the largest nuclear cleanup in history, through material drawn from oral histories with former workers and rarely seen historic photographs.

6:00 pm, doors open 5:30 pm
No-host bar
Members $3, non-members $7
RSVP: highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp

 

WWII: The High Desert Home Front is made possible by               

With support from Bigfoot Beverages, Central Oregon Radiology Associates, P.C., Century Insurance Group, LLC; the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation; Jones & Roth CPAs & Business Advisors and Summit Bank.