This year, Deschutes County turns 100. For its birthday party celebration, the county and the Deschutes County Historical Society are throwing a year-long celebration that will focus on the area's, past, present and future. Local actor and playwright Clinton Clark has been commissioned to write a three-part look into the area's history called "Faces of the Deschutes."
"The play profiles four of our county's founding fathers, and one mother, and tells stories of our home 100 years ago today" says Clark." The event tours throughout the county from May 14 to May 22 at free events kicking off at the Deschutes Historical Society, and traveling to venues in Sisters, La Pine, Sunriver and Terrebone
First on the list of historical figures is James Jerome Hill, builder of the railroad to the area.
Clark says, "I found an awesome speech he gave on Oct 5, 1911, the day the railroad was finished and was able to dramatize and work the speech into the play. Also, local actor Russ Seaton has played the part before so it just clicked."
Next to be dramatized will be George and Dorothy Putnam who came to Bend in 1911. Clark explains: "George was quickly made mayor in May of 1912, at the age of 25, because the mayor at the time was killed in a saloon brawl," says Clark. "His stories, from his autobiography, about living in Bend were splendid and I was able to imagine how he would've told them in his own voice."
Lastly, "Faces of the Deschutes" will focus on Alexander Drake, Bend's founder. "He arrived in Bend in 1900 when the population was just 21," says Clark. "Essentially he set the stage for Bend for the next 80 years."
"Faces of the Deschutes"
Event Kickoff: Saturday, May 14, 7:30 p.m.
Des Chutes Historical Museum and Society 129 NW Idaho Ave., Bend