On Friday, March 1, the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum hosts local The Dalles resident and professional archaeologist Eric Gleason as he presents “From Pioneer Drugstore to Community Icon: The Waldron Brother’s Drugstore, The Dalles, Ore.”

Gleason will lay out a brief history of the early development of The Dalles and will intertwine the story of the building of the Waldron Brother’s Drugstore and the lives of its builders and owners over the years. He will also go into the plans for the next chapter of the building.

Gleason grew up in Boring, Ore. and attended Mt. Hood Community College and studied anthropology at Washington State University in Pullman. In 1989, he and Jacqueline Cheung moved to The Dalles after buying Alf Wernmark’s old house on Case Street. They became increasingly interested in the history and development of The Dalles and joined some of the numerous local historical groups.

The couple eventually purchased the old Chinese Building on 1st Street and have been working to fix it up. Their time on 1st Street led to curiosity about the nearby Waldron Brother’s Drugstore and its history, and their efforts to help preserve it for future generations.    

Dinner starts at 6 p.m. with the program starting at 7. Cost for the dinner and the program is $15 and the program only is $5.

Purchase tickets by Feb. 27 by calling 541-296-8600 #201.    

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