The Chautauqua on First Wednesday
**chautauqua: [SHəˈtôkwə] NOUN NORTH AMERICAN an institution that provided popular adult education courses and entertainment in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
NO First Wednesday programs June, July & August
September 4, 2019:
Dr. Mark Browne will surely keep us enthralled with his discussion of forensic research in the OHC collection. Prepare to be amused, surprised and amazed by the lives of early Oswego citizens and how Dr. Browne studies photos, letters and notes in the collection and utilizes online resources to solve questions he encounters daily. He will visually walk us through his process and tell fascinating stories along the way. You don’t want to miss this!
October 2, 2019: Rediscovering a Lost Oswego Family with Susanna Campbell Kuo
The Pomeroy family, who brought the legacy of Cornish mining to Oswego and lived here for thirty years, had vanished from local memory by 2008 when Lake Oswego librarian Claire Kellogg saw a small diary advertised on the website of an East Coast book dealer. The diary was written in 1883 by Will Pomeroy, the 14-year-old son of the Superintendent of the Oswego iron mines. Local historian Susanna Kuo will talk about the journey of discovery that ensued when she and co-editor Kellogg began exploring the contents of the diary. One of the first steps was to locate surviving members of the Pomeroy family. Will’s granddaughter, Laura McKeon Scholtz and her husband Robert A. Scholtz, have provided invaluable help in reconstructing the saga of the Pomeroy family. They will be special guests at the program on Wednesday October 2nd.
In 2009 the Lake Oswego Public Library published The Diary of Will Pomeroy: A Boy’s Life in 1883 Oswego, Oregon. A revised edition of the book was published last year. It contains additional information that has come to light since 2009. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Oswego Heritage House.
November, 6, 2019: TBA
December 4, 2019: Holiday Gift Market
NO First Wednesday Program in January
February 5, 2020: TBA (in conjunction with Lake Oswego Reads Program)
March 4, 2020:
Cece Otto Celebrates International Women's Day and the Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the United States. Cece will sing songs and share stories from her newly released album. This Cabaret Event will be held in the Lower Level of the Lakewood Center for the Arts. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Menu will be posted as we draw closer to the event.