First Wednesday Series


September 5, 2018

Join us as we discuss the life and work of Lake Oswego's beloved historian, author, painter, poet, and so much more: Theresa Truchot. We will be joined by her three granddaughters, who will take part in a panel discussion of Theresa's legacy on Lake Oswego. We will also unveil the Oswego Heritage Council's exhibit, Theresa Truchot: A Jewel of Many Facets. There will be three original displays at Oswego Heritage House & Museum, Lake Oswego Public Library and the gallery at Lakewood Center for the Arts running throughout the month of September 2018. This series of exhibits is sponsored by Bill and Barbara Warner. As always, we welcome the public to this free event!

OCTOBER 3, 2018

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Rachel is a Lake Oswego residential building designer focusing on remodels and additions to existing homes. She serves on the Lake Oswego Historic Resources Advisory Board (HRAB)

Dorothy is an independent consultant in Lake Oswego specializing in sustainablity and management. She is a founding board member of the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network (LOSN)

November 7, 2018

History of Women’s Voting Rights and The League of Women Voters in Oregon

Marge Easley, of Clackamas County League of Women Voters, will discuss the history of Suffragettes and the role of the League of Women Voters in Oregon.

DECEMBER 5, 2018

Holiday Gift Market at Oswego Heritage House 11-6pm

NO First Wednesday Program January

February 6, 2019:

Dr. Stephen Dow Beckham will explain how Oregon was built through the efforts of many different peoples.  Native Americans lived with the land and thrived; the first immigrants from the U.S. settled in Oregon and wanted to ‘civilize’ the territory.  Later groups include Mexicans and Chilean packers and teamsters; Chinese heavy laborers; Basque sheepherders; Scandinavian fishermen and loggers; Irish railroad workers; Jewish merchants and bankers; Japanese fruit-growers; African-Americans who were excluded and the Latinos who arrived in the 20th century.  Legal and social limits created and enforced the racism of their times and still haunt the state.

Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., 7 pm. Presented by Oswego Heritage Council

Stephen Dow Beckham is a historian known for his work with Native Americans and the American West, especially the Pacific Northwest and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He has authored many works and is a Professor Emeritus of History at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

He was teaching at Linfield College in McMinnville, when Lewis & Clark hired him in 1977 to offer courses on Native Americans, the Pacific Northwest, and the American West. Over the years, Beckham taught in the undergraduate college, the graduate school’s teacher education program, and the law school’s Indian law program.

Beckham was educated at the University of Oregon, UCLA and Oxford University.

Beckham is a contributing author to Volumes 4, 7, and 12 of the Handbook of North American Indians (Smithsonian Institution), is the author of Requiem for a People (1971), The Indians of Western Oregon (1977), and numerous other books and monographs. He has served as an expert witness in Indian land claims, hydropower, and fishing rights litigation and has also worked as a witness in state assertions of its “navigation servitude.” 

Beckham is so admired by his former students he even has a Fan Club on Facebook.

March 6, 2019:

Learn more about the fascinating history of Aurora Colony with our presenter, Jan Newton Becker from the Aurora Historical Society.

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