Sounds of the Oregon Trail was a benefit concert organized by the Jackson County Historical Society in support of the rehabilitation of the Pioneer Spring Cabin in Independence. The evening featured a live performance by Dana Mengel and other local musicians of selections from Mengel’s original composition, The Oregon Trail Suites for Strings and Percussion. Mengel’s work provides a musical interpretation of the pioneer experience of embarking across the continental United States in a vast westward migration. Wagon trains assembled in western Missouri with many arriving there by traveling up the Missouri River. Mengel has also composed a special musical selection inspired by the log cabin, which will be performed that evening.
The concert was held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018.
You can learn more about the Pioneer Spring Cabin here.
In 2017, the Jackson County Historical Society acquired a massive photographic collection that includes over 500,000 negatives from the Kansas City region and the Midwest. The photographs – known as the Wilborn Collection – include one of a kind images of people, buildings, events, organizations and neighborhoods taken by professional photographers. The collection dates back to 1921 and includes images through 2007. Special subsets include 360-degree panoramic photographs and photograph images or negatives that reflect changes in photographic medium and different dimensions. The collection comprises images from previous entities including Tyner Murphy, the Anderson Studio, Clarence Wilborn and several decades of professional work product by the collector, Chris Wilborn. The bicentennial project will scan, index and get the most important or historically significant images online by 2021. The JCHS Wilborn Collection was made possible by the generosity of Steve and Marianne Noll.