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Maxville Heritage Album

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Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center  began 10 years ago as a museum in the Wallowa County town of Joseph, Oregon. Our organization is dedicated to revealing the hidden histories of Oregon’s multi-ethnic communities, and the timber culture they helped develop.

This go fund me project celebrates the Oregon Timber Culture contributions of African Americans, Indigenous folks, and immigrants through oral history transcripts, original poetry, and music by creating an album, course curriculum, and teacher’s guide for school and libraries.

Our organization's founder, Gwen Trice, is the daughter of African American logger Lucky Trice, a leader in the Black community of Maxville, Oregon (1923 - 1933). As she has travelled throughout our nation sharing the legacy and lessons of the Maxville community, Gwen developed our album project program in partnership with our board chair, Joe Seamons. The students we have enlisted to write lyrics for the original songs of our album, such as those at the Umatilla Charter School, reflect the fact that Maxville was partially composed of local indigenous people in addition to African American and European immigrant loggers.

Maxville is just one example of a multi-ethnic communities that populated and contributed vitally to Oregon history in spite of oppressive and discriminatory laws and policies designed to exclude people of color. Through the collaborative creation of a performance program, an album, curriculum packet, and teacher's guide that will address that history in inclusive and compassionate ways, this project will generate deeper awareness and more informed conversations about our history, reality, and future as a community and as a state. We will elevate the perspectives of those impacted by this history by featuring their voices throughout the album and curriculum. In concerts and public forums in Enterprise, Eugene, Portland and beyond, we will feature contributors artistry and perspectives at every event produced throughout the project.

In addition to your support, this project is being funded by a Creative Heights grant from the Oregon Community Foundation. and we are actively pursuing additional sources of public and private backing.  

Your contributions will go to support the artists along with the film and audio experts who will be documenting this exciting process!

That process is detailed in the timeline below. Currently, we are finalizing partnerships with multiple schools where students will contribute lyrics or poems to the project. 

These lyrics will be workshopped and set to music by nationally recognized musicians and tradition bearers. Among them are Dom Flemons , Marv Ross , Marilyn Keller , members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla , Briar , and many more.

Oral history and archival records will inform and empower students and poets of African American, Indigenous and Immigrant ancestry to tell the story of Oregon’s timber culture in their own words.

The voices included on the album will be contextualized by the creation of a curriculum and teacher's guide for use in schools and communities across our state.
When the finished product is completed in 2021, 500 copies will be provided free of charge for schools and libraries throughout our state--along with the curriculum and teacher's guide. Not only will this project produce a work of art, but also a teaching tool for people of all backgrounds to discuss our state's history after learning about it in greater depth.  


Backers at the following levels will receive these rewards, in addition to our everlasting gratitude:

$15 - Digital version of the new album made available for download!

$25 - CD version of the new album mailed to backers anywhere in the United States!

$30 - CD version + digital version sent via snail mail + email, respectively. 

$40 - All rewards above + digital version of our Curriculum Packet & Teacher's Guide.

$50 - All rewards above + 1 copy of Dom Flemons' "Black Cowboys" album!

$75 - All rewards above + 1 copy of the Maxville to Vanport album!

$100 - All rewards above + exclusive updates and event ticket offers sent via email!


Students from our partners, The Rhapsody Project , including those seen below, will contribute to both the lyrics and music of the new album!


Project Timeline

Fall of 2019: Develop Curriculum, Complete Artist Roster

Winter of 2019 - 2020: Songwriting Workshops in the Umatilla Reservation Charter School, Wallowa County Schools, & Portland Schools

Spring of 2020: Musician Workshops conducted, setting student's poems and lyrics to music.

June 26, 2020: Maxville Gathering in Enterprise, OR - songwriters present works in progress!

Summer of 2020: First recording sessions to develop demos / works in progress. Develop album curriculum packet, liner notes and artwork.

Fall of 2020: Public discussions & concerts events hosted in Enterprise, Eugene, Portland, and more communities to present final drafts of works in progress.

Winter of 2020 - 21: Final recording sessions, mixing and mastering. Finalize album curriculum packet, teacher's guides, liner notes, and artwork. 

Spring of 2021: Distribute advance copies to 500 schools and libraries throughout Oregon. Promote album statewide in traditional and online media outlets. 

Summer 2021:  Release Album!

If you have questions about the project, feel free to contact our organization's Board Chair, and the album's executive producer, Joe Seamons via email:
[email redacted] 

Learn more about our organization on our website: 

Members of the Maxville camp:


Gwendolyn Trice
Enterprise, OR
Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center (Mhic)

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