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CHI St. Anthony Hospital and Mahoney Group

For immediate release

Pendleton, OR

“Timber Culture”, created by the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, is an inclusive look at Oregon’s multicultural logging industry. The exhibit opens on Friday, October 9, and opening day is free. The exhibit, a collection of artifacts and oral histories from past residents and families, examines issues of race and justice through the lens of Oregon’s history.

In 1923, a Missouri lumber company built a town in northeastern Oregon named Maxville. Hundreds of loggers left Arkansas and Mississippi to live and work there. Many brought their families, and many were African Americans. While the town has since disappeared, the Maxville story is still unfolding.

Gwen Trice, an African-American woman who was born and raised in Eastern Oregon and whose father was one of the Maxville loggers spearheaded the exhibition project. Trice’s Arkansas-born father migrated to Wallowa County as a teenager. He grew up and worked in Maxville, located 15 miles north of the small town of Wallowa.

Maxville was an active railroad logging town until the early 1930s. Subsequently, logging continued in the area. The Maxville town — including a hotel, post office, two schools, (segregated, one for black children, one for white), bunkhouse, and general store — is now gone, save the building which was the hub of this lumber operation from that time.

Learn surprising facts about race and equity in Oregon logging culture from this exhibit that strives to preserve a somewhat neglected chapter of history.

For more information, contact Randy Melton at or call 541.429.7720.


About Tamástslikt Cultural Institute

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. A Blue Star museum, Tamástslikt is one of the many museums across the nation that offers free admission to families of active duty servicemen and women year-round. Tamástslikt is also a member of the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association and offers free admission to members of participating museums.

In addition to the museum and interpretive center, Tamástslikt operates a museum store, café, and offers meeting room rentals. Tamástslikt is open six days a week, 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Kinship Café is open from 11am to 2pm on the same days the museum is open.

Tamástslikt is located at 47106 Wildhorse Boulevard at the far end of the main driveway of the Wildhorse Resort & Casino, 10 minutes east of Pendleton, Oregon. Tamástslikt can be reached via Exit 216 off Interstate I-84 or by following the “Mission-LaGrande” sign south off Highway 11 onto Highway 331. For more information, contact Tamástslikt Cultural Institute at 541.429.7700 or visit


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