Wednesday, April 29, 2020


A Pilgrim in the Wide World

Grand Lodge - Grand Lodge Theater

5:30 pm doors, 6:30 pm program

All ages welcome

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Why not stay the night? Receive 15% off your hotel room that evening using the code HISTPUB or mention it when you call the hotel.

About A Pilgrim in the Wide World

A Pilgrim in the Wide World

Presented by Mary Jo Morelli, Friends of Historic Forest Grove Board Member

This presentation will explore the people and relationships in the life of Tabitha Moffatt Brown, named Mother of Oregon in 1987. Best known for her ‘Brimfield Heroine Letter,' there is much more to learn about this remarkable woman. She moved through the hardships of life with fortitude, letting her family know she would not be staying in Missouri when she insisted on traveling the Emigrant Trail at 66 years of age or helping to start a school on the West Tualatin Plain two years later. She left a legacy that remains inspirational in the twenty-first century.

About the Speaker:
Mary Jo Morelli is a native Oregonian descended from pioneers of 1852 who settled a Donation Land Claim in east Multnomah County. She lives in Forest Grove, has been married for 47 years to David Morelli, raised three sons locally, and has seven grandchildren, ages 3 - 19, who keep life interesting and who all love to garden with Grandma Jo.

Mary Jo has been a Docent at Pacific University Old College Hall Museum, taught Forest Grove history classes at Pacific University Community School, and is a Charter Member of Friends of Historic Forest Grove (FHFG) & serves on the Board of Directors. She also co-chaired the FHFG Committee to Preserve the A. T. Smith Property and served on the Forest Grove Historic Landmarks Board for eight years. Additionally, Mary Jo is a member of Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce, the Forest Grove Tourism Advisory Council, the Forest Grove Holiday Display Team, and the City Club of Forest Grove Board of Directors.

A member of the Sojourn Forest Grove, Mary Jo offers walking tours of Forest Grove focusing on community history and offers ‘step on' service to Senior Living communities throughout the Metro area. She is also a scriptwriter for living history events and a presenter on regional history for schools and civic organizations. Mary Jo enjoys doing historic research on properties and individuals associated with Forest Grove history and Washington County, and co-authored the Arcadia Publication book Images of America: Forest Grove.

***Photo Credit: Oregon Historical Society Research Library, OrHi 53563

About Grand Lodge History Pub

Grand Lodge History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp