First Wednesday Series


January 2018--NO First Wednesday Program

February 7, 2018--Lake Oswego Reads, Dr. Stephen Dow Beckham explores Utopian Societies in the Pacific North West. This discussion will compliment the Lake Oswego Reads selection, Good Morning, Midnight.

March 7, 2018 In honor of Women's History Month: Bringing History to Life with Nancy Dunis Meet seven of Oswego leading ladies who made a significant contribution to our town's history from the late 1800s to mid 1950s. Some of these ladies may be familiar to you, others may not. They are Miranda Durham, Lucy Pollard, Florence Dickinson, Ann Shannon Monroe, Mary Goodin-Fritsch, Theresa Truchot and Beth Ryan.

Presentation will be given in period attire by Nancy Dunis, Oswego Heritage Council Board Director, writer and public speaker. Dunis is a native of Lake Oswego and has lived here most of her life. She is an active member of the community and participates in numerous other historical activities.

April 4, 2018--- Antiques in the Rogerson Clematis Garden at Luscher Farm: The Heirloom Clematis in the Heirloom Garden The largest portion of the Rogerson Clematis Garden is devoted to heirloom roses (at the City's request) combined with vintage clematis and companion plants. The first family to build the farmhouse lived there until around the beginning of World War I, and so we arbitrarily chose to populate Beds 5 through 13 with plants of all kinds available in cultivation prior to 1914. These beds wrap around the farmhouse, embellishing the shrubs planted by the Luschers and enrobing the porches and arbors that adjoin the house.

Linda Beutler is a fearless gardener who grows a great variety of plants on a simple, flat 50’ x 100’ city lot in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Her first love was growing flowers and foliage for cutting. That focus changed when Linda purchased her first clematis as a misnamed plant in the late 1980s.

Linda has been the curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection at Luscher Farm since July 2007. She was elected president of the International Clematis Society in June 2013, and will serve until the summer of 2018.

Linda Beutler has been an instructor of horticulture at Clackamas Community College since 1996. She is the author of three books on gardening published through Timber Press; the most recent is Plant Lovers Guide to Clematis (2016).

Linda also writes Jane Austen Fan Fiction novels through Meryton Press, the most recent is My Mr. Darcy and Your Mr. Bingley, March 2017 (available on Amazon).

May 2, 2018---The Troubled Life Of Peter Burnett: presented by Gregory Nokes.

The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett: Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California is the first, full-length biography of this western explorer and California’s first governor. A former slaveholder, he could never seem to get beyond his single-minded goal of banning blacks and other minorities from the West.

Peter Burnett helped organize the first major wagon train to the Oregon Country, where he served on Oregon’s first elected government and was Oregon’s first supreme court judge. He opened a wagon road from Oregon to California, and worked with the young John Sutter to develop the new city of Sacramento. Within a year of arriving in California, voters overwhelmingly elected him as their first governor. He also served on the California Supreme Court, remembered for a notoriously racist decision in the Archy Lee slavery case. Burnett resigned from many of his important positions, including the governorship, where he was widely perceived a failure. Historians, scholars and readers with an interest in western history will welcome this accessible and deeply researched account of this puzzling historical figure.

Mr. Nokes' book will be released in May, 2018.

All programs will be held at Oswego Heritage House and Museum

398 Tenth Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Doors open at 6:30 with refreshments, Program begins at 7:00 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public