Josephine County Historical Society

Living History Program

To encourage community interest in history, we host educational as well as entertaining events at our facilities, and the Living History Players present outreach programs to many groups and organizations.

Living History Players include

Schmidt Family

Early Pioneers/Oregon Trail, Miners, Loggers, etc.

"Indian" Mary Peco Peters, Josephine Rollins Ort, Thomas Croxton, Caroline Sexton, Mary Harris Simon, Jesse Applegate, Caroline Briggs, Mary Elizabeth Hay Hayes, Rosa Orme

Early Lawmen and Politicians

Sheriff Jim Hendershott, Senator George Briggs

Pioneer Business People and Colorful Characters

Claus Schmidt (mercantile proprietor), "Blind George" Spencer (news stand entrepreneur), Nathan Dodge (postmaster), Amos Voorhies (newspaper founder/editor), Mrs. Edith Rehkopf (millinery/variety proprietress), "Tin Lizzie" Opal Gentner (first woman to drive an automobile in Grants Pass), Dr. Sherman Loughridge (medical doctor), Jenny O'Brien (Palace Hotel madam), Mrs. Nellie Neas (professional seamstress)

Mid-Century Grants Pass History People

Such people include: Lona Belle Dudley Blakely, Colonel Leroy Gray Heston, Beulah Momsen

Below are various pictures of some Living History Players.


Dennis as Herman Schmidt
Dennis as Herman Schmidt
Jerry as Lou Heberle
Jerry as Lou Heberle
Dennis as Nathan Dodge
Dennis as Nathan Dodge
Irv as Dr. Sherman Loughridge
Irv as Dr. Sherman Loughridge
Leta as Cynthia Applegate
Leta as Cynthia Applegate
Leta as Josephine Rollins
Leta as Josephine Rollins
Rick as Amos Voorhies
Rick as Amos Voorhies
Joan as Grandma Lona Belle Blakely
Joan as Grandma Lona Belle Blakely
Lyn as Tin Lizzie
Lyn as Tin Lizzie
Rick as Elijah Davidson
Rick as Elijah Davidson
Julia as Mary Harris
Julia as Marry Harris
Joan D. as Mary Harris
Joan as Marry Harris
Vict. Fashion Show
Victorian Fashion Show
Vintage Hats
Vintage Hats
Suffragettes
Suffragettes
Martha and Barb, Victorian Secrets
Martha and Barb doing Victorian Secrets
Barb, Cindy and Linda -- hats
Cindy English and Linda Fuidge doing Victorian Secrets

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