Living History

Bohemia Mining Days has always had people dressed up in period costumes. Now, we are developing programs and entertainment to help bring our mining heritage to life!

We are proud to celebrate Cottage Grove’s mining and Victorian heritage with gold panning activities and mining artifacts, living history talks on the Heritage Stage.

We encourage youth and families to travel back in time and participate in the Passport to History program. Passports are available at local museums, the Cottage Grove Library, and during the festival at the CG Historical Society booth.

On Friday afternoon and Saturday ride the Pacific Power’d BMD Express Train to visit the restored Chambers Railroad Bridge and the Dr. Snapp House museum via the Swinging Bridge. Get off at All-America City Square in the Historic Downtown District to visit the Cottage Grove Museum, the Applegate Trail Interpretive site, the Centennial Covered Bridge, and the Cottage Grove Library & Genealogical Society.

Demonstrations in the park include:

  • Thu-Sun BMOA Gold Panning Demos & Display
  • Thu-Sun CG Historical Society Display – Electricity
  • Thu-Sun Pacific Power Display & Talk
  • Thu-Sun Emerald People’s Utility District - EPUD History
  • Thu-Sun CG Genealogical Society Display Notable CG leader(s)
  • Thu-Sun Backwoods Blacksmith - Gene Bland
  • Fri-Sat Fort Umpqua Muzzleloaders/Ponderosa Mountain Men Encampment & Talk
  • Sat-Sun Steamworks - Steve La Riccia - Electrical Contraptions
  • Sat Elkton Community Educational Center Fort Umpqua Display & Talk

Go to the Event Schedule for Dates and Times on our Heritage Stage.

*A BIG thanks to the Fort Umpqua Project in Elkton, the Fort Umpqua Muzzleloaders, the Bohemia Mine Owners Association, the Cottage Grove Historical Society, the Cottage Grove Genealogical Society, the Bohemia Gold Mining Museum, the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation,  Dallas & PJ McCord, and Steve La Riccia of Steamworks the  for providing this year's living history experiences.