filmsouthernoregon.org - The full 44-minute silent film, "Grace's Visit to the Rogue River Valley," was originally produced in 1914 to promote Southern Oregon at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. Shot entirely with a hand-operated, Ernemann 35mm camera by A.C. Allen, an orchardist and amateur photographer, the film features an all-local cast of characters starring former Broadway actress Grace Fiero. Hailed as a 'real hit' in its time, today it provides us with a rare and fascinating glimpse into life in the Rogue Valley nearly a century ago with footage of Crater Lake, Payne’s Gulch, Medford, “Ashland Park”, Siskiyou Pass and “Ashland Lithia Springs.”
The Southern Oregon Historical Society (SOHS) has preserved the 35mm film and transferred it to DVD with a new musical score by Ashland composers Todd Barton and Robin Lawson. For 60 years the SOHS, a non-profit member-supported organization, has been making history come alive by collecting, preserving and sharing the stories and artifacts of our common heritage.
For more information on films shot in and around Southern Oregon, visit filmsouthernoregon.org