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Meeting the Sewells

A Living History Encounter

An unsuspecting museum-goer finds himself transported back in time, coming face to face with resourceful settlers Columbus and Louisa Sewell. Meeting the Sewells offers the unique perspective of one of the first Black families to settle in Central Oregon.

A collaboration between the High Desert MuseumOregon Black Pioneers and North East Production .

2022 Major support by

The Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation

Meyer Memorial Trust

The Roundhouse Foundation

The Ford Family Foundation

Oregon Heritage

Oregon Coast Visitor Association

Oregon Community Foundation

OSU Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems

Pioneer Trust Bank

Special thanks to our friends

Jim Aalberg

Kasi Allen

Black Oregon Land Trust

Gregory Black

Heidi Brooks

Jim Buckley

Eliza Canty-Jones

Gwen Carr

Christina Cid

Michael Compton

Ann Craig

Joy Davis

Beth Dehn

Jesse Dolin

Mandy Elder

Bill Hart

Jennifer Fang

Natalia Fernandez

Pamela Filbert

Bruce Fisher

Tom Fullmer

Angela Garcia

Kuri Gill

Lauren Gwin

Cayla Hill

Dru Holly

2022 Additional support by

Oregon Historical Society

University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Benton County Historical Society

Clatsop County Historical Society

Architectural Heritage Center

Bryan Potter Design

Sharon Leighty Consulting LLC

Elizabeth McLagan

Hailey Brink


Walidah Imarisha

Miles Johnson

Lauren Kristensen

Larry Landis

Linn-Benton Branch NAACP

Laura Lo Forti

Hannah Mellor

Darrell Millner

Eric Neimann

Mary Oberst

Kylie Pine

Willie Richardson

Chelsea Rose

Martha and Bill Rutherford

Greg Shine

Anna Sloan

Taylor Stewart

Gwen Trice

Kerry Tymchuk

Vanport Mosaic

Chelsea Vaughn

Dana Whitelaw

Katee Withee

Steve Wright

Nicole Yasuhara

Bob Zybach