American Association of University Women Lake Oswego hosts “A Conversation with West Linn High School Robotics Students.” All are warmly invited to this November 9, 2019 event. It is free, no tickets needed. The location is Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St. Lake Oswego, at 10:00 a.m.
Members of the 2BDetermined FIRST Robotics Competition team from West Linn High School participated in the local Girls Generation competition in October for the second year. FIRST - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology - is an international youth organization that operates the FIRST Robotics competitions, the FIRST LEGO League and LEGO League Jr, and FIRST Tech Challenge competitions. "To create a world where science and technology are celebrated... where young people dream of becoming science and tech heroes” is their inspirational motto. FIRST organization encourages many to compete in tournament events. The high school students will converse about this year's upcoming competition season, the Girls Generation competition held on October 5th at Wilsonville High School, their summer camp, and their STEM day camps. AAUW is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. Nationally, AAUW has awarded over $3 million in scholarships and grants in the past year. The Lake Oswego Branch supports the AAUW Funds as well as providing local scholarships at Clackamas Community College, the local university partner. AAUW LO offers an advocacy group, six book groups, lunch bunch, dinner group, exploring our Northwest, bridge group and many monthly meetings with presentations focused on the issues of the day. For more information please contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-636-9755 or Jeanne-Marie at email@example.com. See the website at lakeoswego-or.aauw.net/ and the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/aauwlakeoswegobranch for event listings and pictures. Press Release October 12, 2019 Submitted by Karen Rottink, AAUW LO Board Member for Public Information 503-636-9755 firstname.lastname@example.org
AAUW LAKE OSWEGO PRESENTS OREGON FOSTER YOUTH CONNECTION DISCUSSION
American Association of University Women Lake Oswego presents a discussion led by members of the Oregon Foster Youth Connection, a Children First for Oregon Program on October 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Oswego Heritage House 398 10th Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. We warmly invite the public to this special event. Free, no tickets needed. News coverage of Oregon’s foster care system has repeatedly indicated that the system is not meeting the needs of all the young people in their care. Changes are in process. Governor Brown is including young people who have experienced foster care in discussions of proposed changes. The Oregon Foster Youth Connection’s mission is to improve the foster care system through advocacy, activism and leadership. Membership includes current and former foster youth who wish to share their voices on issues affecting foster care in Oregon. During the past year Oregon Foster Youth Connection has advocated for Senate Bill 745 which called for an additional $8.5 million for the Child Welfare Independent Living Program. They also advocated for issues ranging from supporting youth in care ages 18-24, quality of foster homes and providers, and preventing houselessness. AAUW is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. Nationally, AAUW has awarded over $3 million in scholarships and grants in the past year. The Lake Oswego Branch supports the AAUW Funds as well as providing local scholarships at Clackamas Community College, the local university partner. AAUW LO offers an advocacy group, six book groups, lunch bunch, a dinner group, exploring our Northwest, a bridge group and many monthly meetings with presentations focused on the issues of the day. For more information please contact Karen at email@example.com or 503-636-9755 or Jeanne-Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202- 445-4976. See the website at lakeoswego-or.aauw.net/ and the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/aauwlakeoswegobranch for event listings and pictures.
Press Release September 11, 2019 Submitted by Karen Rottink, AAUW LO Board Member for Public Information 503-636-9755 email@example.com
Rediscovering a Lost Oswego Family
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.
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!
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.
Legendary magician and performer, David Charvet will educate and entertain us with the fascinating history of magic and peform some of his professional-level tricks. You don't want to miss this performance!
Learn more about the fascinating history of Aurora Colony with our presenter, Jan Newton Becker from the Aurora Historical Society. https://www.aurorahistoricalsociety.com
March 6th, 2019 Doors open at 6:30 pm, Program begins at 7:00 pm
As always, this program is free and open to the public!
Come and have a conversation with DACA dreamer Luis Balderas-Villagrana, a junior at Portland State University and student body president. Luis, who is qualified under the Federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, came to the United States with his family when he was seven to escape the violence of drug cartels in Mexico. Growing up as an immigrant in Eastern Oregon taught him leadership skills that led him to this point in his life. Join Luis and friends to learn about their stories, hopes and dreams for the future.
Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St., 10:30 am, Presented by AAUW
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.
An Evening of Poetry in Honor of William Stafford Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm Lake Oswego Public Library and The Friends of William Stafford present an evening of poetry in honor of William Stafford, featuring Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford, at the Oswego Heritage House, January 15 at 7:30pm.
Kim Stafford was born and grew up in Oregon. He is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, and editor of half a dozen others. His book Having Everything Right: Essays of Place won a citation for excellence from the Western States Book Awards in 1986. Stafford has received creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Governor’s Arts Award, and the Stewart Holbrook Award from Literary Arts for his contributions to Oregon’s literary culture. His work has been featured on National Public Radio.
Stafford holds a Ph.D. in medieval literature from the University of Oregon, and he has worked as a printer, photographer, oral historian, editor and visiting writer at a host of colleges and schools, and also offered writing workshops in Italy, Scotland and Bhutan. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and children. He is the second Stafford to serve as Oregon’s Poet Laureate; his father, William Stafford, held the appointment from 1974 to 1989.
Marge Easley, from the Clackamas County League of Women Voters, will present the fascinating history of women's voting rights and the League of Women Voters in Oregon.
FIRST WEDNESDAY LECTURE SERIES PRESENTS:
Historic Preservation and the Path to a Sustainable Future
Rachel Verdick & Dorothy Atwood
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2018
Oswego Heritage House & Museum
398 Tenth St
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Doors open at 6:30 with refreshments
Presentation begins at 7:00 pm
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 LO specializing in sustainability and management. She is a founding board member of the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network (LOSN).
Free and open to the public
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!
The Troubled Life Of Peter Burnett
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.
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, embellising the shrubs planted bu the Luschers and enrobing the porches and arbors that ajoin the house.
Linda Beultler is a fearless gardener who grows a 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 changes 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 Beultler 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).
Nancy Dunis in celebration of Women's History month: Pioneer Women of Oswego.
Bringing History to Life
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 having grown up here and lived most of her adult life here. She is an active member of the community and participates in numerous other historical activities.
Join us for a morning with Cyndie Glazer, who will tell us the fascinating story of the creation of Lake Oswego Reads, now in its 12th year. The Lake Oswego Library’s visionary Program and Volunteer Coordinator will give us behind-the-scenes insight on the creation of this award-winning program: her creation of the steering committee of volunteer leaders; the arduous selection process of the books and authors; the fascinating stories of the individual authors and their books (hair-cuts, salmon bakes and Pulitzer Prizes) and the many reasons for the success of this model program. Sponsored by AAUW.