First Wednesday Series


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.

April 3, 2019:

The History of Magic with legendary magician and performer, David Charvet

May 2, 2019: Discovering Oregon history through the Oregon Blue Book

Every 2 years for more than 100 years the Oregon Blue Book has provided a unique view of who we are and the events that impacted our state. This has included women winning the right to vote, bridges and buildings created as part of the Works Progress Administration, our state centennial celebrations, the Columbus Day storm and much more.  Darrell Jabin; Oregon’s Traveling Historian reviewed stories in dozens of the books and interviewed many Oregon Secretaries of State who had the responsibility of creating them. He will share a one of a kind presentation taking people through more than 100 years of Oregon history as shown in the Oregon Blue Books.

NO First Wednesday programs June, July, August & September

October 2, 2019: TBA

November, 6, 2019: TBA

December 4, 2019: Holiday Gift Market

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