List of Festival and Conference Activities

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Wednesday, May 2, through Sunday, May 6, 2018

Banquet, Hilton, Wednesday 7 - 9 pm ($60/plate)

Conference presentations, Hilton; Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 am - 5 pm (ticket prices vary) [PDF] (Conference Page)

Amelia Earhart Symposium

Film Screenings, The Shedd Recital Hall (free)

  • Thursday 7 - 10:30 pm
  • Friday 7 - 10:30 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 7 pm
  • Sunday 10:30 am - 7 pm

Cascadia Cave tour, Friday 9:30 am - 5 pm (free; $20 contribution encouraged)

Panel Discussion: What Happened to Amelia Earhart?, Friday, 4 May, 4 - 5:40 pm ($20; free for Conference registrants)

Saturday Social, Hospitality Suite (Room #: 1008), Hilton Eugene, 66 East 6th Avenue, Saturday 7 - 10 pm (free)

Public Lecture by Dr. Fredrik Hiebert, Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Ave., Sunday 2-3pm (free)

Awards Reception, Lane Community College Downtown Campus, 101 West 10th Avenue, Sunday 7-9 pm ($5; free for Conference registrants)


Day Trek to Cascadia Cave

Friday, 4 May, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Ages: 12 and up, in good physical condition

Guide: Tony Farque, Archaeologist, Sweet Home Ranger District, Willamette NF

Join us for a special TAC Festival guided tour, hosted by the Willamette National Forest, to one of western Oregon’s most visually impressive archaeological sites. Used by people for at least 8000 years, Cascadia Cave is on significant indigenous travel routes and provided important cultural functions to multiple tribal groups. Here, the largest group of rock art panels in western Oregon remains in excellent condition. View the site, hear excavation conclusions, discuss rock art interpretations, and help plan site restoration, protection, and interpretation.

Registration: Please contact ALI (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 541-345-5538) and register as early as possible.

Fee: No admission fee is required. However, we would appreciate a $20 or more donation(s) to support the program.

Trip Specifics: Bring a lunch to eat in the cave. A van will be provided (8 passengers max.) and the drive is 2 hours each way. Car pooling will be needed for additional participants. Be prepared for a 2 mile round trip hike through the woods along a flat river terrace. Also bring rain gear, boots and a change of warm clothes. We will cross one stream and follow a muddy path. We park at Cascadia State Park and use the rest rooms to change clothes if necessary. Meet at the pullout on 7th Ave. on the south side of the Hilton.


Panel Discussion: What happened to Amelia Earhart?

Hilton Eugene and Conference Center

(Mezzanine Level - Studio B & C)

66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR.

Friday, 4 May, 4 - 5:40 pm

Ages: Open to all ages

Fee: $20 Admission; free for Conference full-package registrants.

Join us for a fascinating presentation—with leading experts, archaeologist Tom King and former federal agent Les Kinney—of the competing hypotheses to account for the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan They vanished in the south Pacific 80 years ago during their attempted flight around the world. The principal explanations include a landing on Nikumaroro Island, a crash landing in the open Pacific Ocean, and capture by the Japanese military. The panelists will present their positions and answer questions from the audience. National Geographic’s Vice President of Public Experiences, Kathryn Keane, will moderate this lively event.


Saturday Social

Hospitality Suite, Hilton Eugene and Conference Center (room # 1008)

66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR.

Saturday, 5 May, 7 - 10 pm

Ages: Open to all ages

Fee: FREE!  No pre-registration required.

Hobnob with filmmakers, Festival organizers, Conference presenters, and other Festival-goers while enjoying food and drink and grooving to the 70s rock sounds of Deerspirit, featuring Kent Goodman and friends.  At this party, we let our hair down and cultivate an authentic form of American cultural heritage.  This is all free, but we’ll give you a chance to make a contribution if you like!


Awards Reception

Lane Community College Downtown Campus

101 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR.

Sunday, May 6, 7 - 9 pm

Ages: Open to all ages

Fee:  $5 general admission; free for Conference full-package registrants.  Tickets at the door.  No pre-registration required.

After all the films have been screened and you have cast your ballots, joins us for some finger food and beverages as we compile the results of the competition. When the jury and audience voting tallies are complete, sit back and watch the announcement of the winners. We will show clips of the top films and open sealed envelopes to reveal the final outcome. The room has limited capacity, so don’t be late!


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