Newell Pioneer Village Events

The Robert Newell House and Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin Museum Complex offers a number of community events throughout the year. Some of our events are listed below. If you would like to host an event at the Newell House Museum, please contact Judy Van Atta, Director of Museums at (503) 678-5537.


Patriotic Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration – 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

This free outdoor event includes living history, patriotic songs, pie judging and auction.

July 4th Pie Auction

Enter your best pie for a chance to win the judges favor and 1st or 2nd place for a prize!  Pies are auctioned off to the highest bidder, with funds going to support the educational programs at the Newell Pioneer Village.  Stay for a hot dog, lemonade and strawberry shortcake at the concession stand!

Museums are open from 11 am to 3 pm on the 4th.


Village Faire and Public Meeting – September 16, 2017 – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Trapper and Merchant
Trapper and Merchant

This free outdoor event includes living history, music of the era, vendors and fun for the whole family. Visit with craftsmen as they sell their wares, listen to the history of the constitution, ring bells for Constitution Day at 1 PM – be sure and bring one to ring!  

You won’t want to miss this day. If you get hungry, the concession stand will be opened for business, too.  A great way to spend a fall afternoon!

The event opens at 11:00 a.m. and concludes at 3:00 p.m. The museums will be opened to the public at no charge.



Pioneer Harvest Dinner- Saturday – November 18th and Sunday – November 19th, 2017, 1:30 – 4:30 pm.

Harvest Dinner
Harvest Dinner

Join us for a rustic Thanksgiving harvest dinner.  This dinner will be held in the Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin located at the Newell Pioneer Village.  Tickets include a large family style dinner, drinks and dessert, served by historical interpreters in period dress. Hear stories from Oregon Trail and Revolutionary War descendants and come away with a day full of memories!  This annual event has become very popular, therefore it has been expanded to two days with 40 guests each day.  Tickets are already being reserved!

Tickets are $35. each.   Reservations are required and sell out quickly so call 503-678-5537 soon.  Email – .

The Holidays at Newell Pioneer Village – 

Visitors have requested that we consider being open for more days during the holiday season.  Our Oregon DAR Chapters do such a wonderful job of decorating the Village for the holidays and they also would like us to stay open longer to share the holiday season with you, our visitors.  Chapter members will host these days and we will be open to the public from 11 am to 3 pm: December 3rd and December 10th.  We hope you can find a day to join us!

Holiday Candlelight Tour at the Newell Pioneer Village – December 2nd, 2017, 3:30- 6:00 pm

Candlelight Tour
Candlelight Tour

Ever wonder what the Holidays were like for the pioneers of the 1850’s? Come see an evening of living history while visiting with the Newells and their guests. See the decorations as you carol along the Newell House paths, visit in the schoolhouse to see what preparations the children are making for Christmas with their instructor, and enjoy some apple cider and treats.  Stop in at the Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin and sing a song or two by the fire.   Activities for the entire family! A favorite for visitors every year. For up to date information on our upcoming events, like us on Facebook!



Yuletide Tea at the Newell House – December 8th and 9th, 2017 – 1:00- 3:00 PM

Yuletide Tea
Yuletide Tea

Enjoy a lovely Northwest Tea surrounded by the decorations provided by DAR Chapters from around the Willamette Valley.  Each year special entertainment is sought to give you the feel of the holidays!  Visit the gift shop for some last minute gifts for family and friends! 

$30.00 per person, limited seating and prepaid reservations are required.  Call 503-678-5537 for reservations. (We are to capacity presently, however a wait list has been started for each of the two days.)  Email –