First Wednesday Series


March 1, 2017 7 p.m.-- Brian Monihan, Vice President, Pamplin Media Group will discuss the important role of newspapers as a living history of our community, the current state of the newspaper business and his wildly popular book, No Call Too Small.

April 5, 2017 7 p.m.- Cecelia Otto with An American Songline, is back to share America's history through song with us! Her new program will cover an era of American history oftern overlooked: our country's participation in the First World War. The world premiere of 'The Songs of World War I' will have songs that feature a variety of patriotic, bittersweet and charmingly funny perspectives.

May 3, 2017 7 p.m.--VENUE CHANGE: LAKEWOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS 368 South State St. Lake Oswego, OR 97034 Phillip Margolin world renown author of 'Worthy Brown's Daughter' will discuss writing his historical fiction book about slavery in Oregon, and [Gregory Nokes][6] who researched the lawsuit Holmes v. Ford (1852) will discuss this important lawsuit which is the center of Mr. Margolin's book.


August 2, 2017 7 p.m.-- The fascinating history of the PT Boat Ron Taylor, from Save the PT658 will share the history of the only surviving PT Boat in the country. He will also present information about the new museum in the PT Boat House.

September 6, 2017 7 p.m.--Jane Kirkpatrick,author of All She Left Behind. Please note location change for this event. Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 South State Street, Lake Oswego (lower level) Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn't approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. To leave grief and guilt behind, as well as to support herself and her challenging young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman using skills she's developed on her own. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman's widowed husband, a man many years her senior. THeir unlikely romance may lead her to her ultimate goal--but the road will be winding and the way forward will not always be clear. Through her award-winning, layered storytelling, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites readers to leave behind their preconceived notion about love and life as they, along with Jennie, discover that dreams may be deferred--but they never really die. Based on a true story. And we have been told that there is a character from Oswego in this book. Jane Kirkpatrick lives in Central Oregon.


October 4, 2017 7 p.m.-- Gregory Nokes, "*Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon, published in 2009 by Oregon State University Press. Massacred for Gold is R.Gregory Nokes'best-selling, nonfiction account of the mistreatemnt of Chinese immigrants to the Pacific Northwest in the 19th century. R.Gregory Nokes lives in West LInn.

November 1, 2017 7 p.m.-- Barbara Randall, Pictorial History of the Willamette Valley Wine Industry Wine has been made in Oregon since the mid-1800s, but it was not until 1965 that winemaking began in earnest in the region. That year, David and Diana Lett planted 3,000 pinot noir vines on a carefully selected south-facing slope. Others joined the adventure, and through collaboration and a passion for making the best wine possible, the Willamette Valley's wine industry was born. This book presents a history of the challenges, hardships, and ultimate success of Willamette Valley wineries. Author Barbara Smith Randall shares this history through photographs and stories from winemakers and their families, as well as the resources at Linfield College's Oregon WIne History Archives in McMinnville, Oregon. She lives in the hear of the Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area.

December 6, 2017--Oswego Heritage Council Holiday Gift Show at the Oswego Heritage House and Museum 2-8pm. Local artists offer their crafts and delicacies at OHC's third annual Holiday Gift Market. Purchase gifts for every occasion, including the Holidays! Holiday Gift Market includes pottery. soap, millinery, honey, wine, foods, textiles,and more! Oswego Heritage House and Museum store will be open, as well as the museum itself. Come and enjoy a festive afternoon!

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, Nancy Dunis will discuss pioneer women of Oswego.

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