Image cutline: Gwen Trice and her Welsh Corgi Gyoza stand next to a ponderosa pine about the size that her father and other Maxville loggers would have cut for the Bowman-Hicks Company. Trice and her Maxville Heritage Center have been recognized for their creative and meaningful work and their traveling exhibit with the 2020 Oregon Stewardship Award from the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History.
Gwen Trice, daughter of a Maxville logger and founder of the Maxville Heritage Center, has received the 2020 Oregon Stewardship Award from the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History. The award recognizes Trice and the Maxville Heritage Center’s work in educating and informing the public about the African-American and white logging community that flourished 20 miles northwest of Wallowa in the 1920’s to 1930’s.
“We are in awe of the creative and meaningful work happening with your group…” the award letter notes. In particular the award recognizes Trice and the Maxville Heritage Center’s development and deployment of a traveling exhibit about the history of Maxville’s segregated African-American, white, and Greek communities, and the work of bringing awareness of this unique community to more than 30,000 Oregonians across the state. The Maxville traveling exhibit, which consists of large photographs and historic information, has spent time across the state, including at the Oregon State Capital, University of Oregon Museum, and spent 6 months at the World Forestry Center. It under discussion to be featured at the Josephy Center in the future.
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