Friends of Historic Forest Grove, in partnership with Pacific University and PEO-FI (Philanthropic Educational Organization, Chapter FI) presents a tribute to Tabitha Moffat Brown, along with the launch of famous author Jane Kirkpatrick’s latest book, This Road We Traveled.
There will be a full weekend of events September 10-11, 2016.
Tabitha Moffatt Brown was an early pioneer on a treacherous journey by wagon train along the Oregon Trail in 1846. She settled with her family in Oregon Country, where she and two reverends founded Tualatin Academy in 1849, and eventually Pacific University in Forest Grove in 1854. In the Oregon State Capitol, 158 names are inscribed in the legislative chambers; only six are women. One of those is Tabitha Moffat Brown.
When Tabitha Brown’s son makes the fateful decision to leave Missouri and strike out for Oregon, she refuses to be left behind. Despite her son’s concerns, Tabitha hires her own wagon to join the party. Along with her reluctant daughter and her ever-hopeful granddaughter, the intrepid Tabitha has her misgivings. But family ties are stronger than fear.
The trials they face along the way will severely test Tabitha’s faith, courage, and ability to hope. With her family’s survival on the line, she must make the ultimate sacrifice, plunging deeper into the wilderness to seek aid. What she couldn’t know was how this frightening journey would impact how she understood her own life–and the greater part she had to play in history.
With her signature attention to detail and epic style, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites readers to travel the deadly and enticing Oregon Trail. Based on actual events, This Road We Traveled will inspire the pioneer in all of us.
About the Jane Kirkpatrick
Reviewers and readers alike acclaim Jane’s work as unique in a world of storytellers. “Kirkpatrick’s books enfold the reader. They whisper “let me tell you about a woman who…. They find a secret place in each of us and bring it gently to the surface.” The Statesman Journal, Salem Oregon. Moving from being a rancher, writer and rattlesnake fighter to full time writer has produced 29 books from bestselling and award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick. She has 24 novels and five non-fiction titles to her credit. Creating stories from the lives of actual historical women or events, Jane’s focus is on telling stories that inspire. “I like helping people from the distant past step from their generation into our own to teach us and touch us with their lives.” Jane lives with her husband Jerry and two dogs near Bend in Central Oregon. Her works have sold over a million copies, been translated into foreign languages, won literary awards such as the Wrangler, WILLA Literary and Carol as well as being a New York Times bestseller. A mental health professional, she’s a lively presenter who has spoken about the power of story throughout the world. Enjoy receiving her Story Sparks newsletter by signing up at http://www.jkbooks.com/
This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick
Drama, Adventure, and Family Struggles Abound as Three Generations Head West on the Oregon Trail
List of Events
Free and open to public!
September 10, 2016
- 9AM – Noon: Brown Family Meet and Greet at the Old Train Station
- 1:30PM – 3:30PM: Jane Kirkpatrick Book Launch “This Road We Traveled”. Hosted by PEO-FI Chapter at the United Church of Christ
- 3:30PM- 5:00PM: Tours of Old College Hall at Pacific University
September 11, 2016
- 10AM – Noon: Tours of Old College Hall at Pacific University
- 1:00PM – 4:00PM: A Tribute to Tabitha Brown – an afternoon of activities at the AT Smith House
House Tours – Live Music – Souvenir Sales, and starting at 2PM:
Brown Family Recognition
Jane Kirkpatrick Recognition
Living History Presentations
Stafford Hazelett Presentation: “Wagons to the Willamette’