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.
Discovering Oregon history through the Oregon Blue Book
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.
Dr. Stephen Dow Beckham’s illustrated presentation will provide an overview of nearly 170 years of communitarian living in Oregon. The state's utopian communities have drawn inspiration from books, charismatic teachers, dietary reforms, economic and political theories, and alternative lifestyles. The lecture will run from the Aurora Colony to Rajneeshpuram, from New Odessa (a Zionist community of the 1880s) to modern residents embracing "back-to-the-earth" teaching and living. Doors open at 6:30, Program begins at 7:00. Free and open to the public.
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!
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.
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.
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.
We will provide all of the training and information necessary to feel truly comfortable engaging with visitors about the history of Lake Oswego. Previous experience in public speaking or leading tours is not necessary, nor is any prior knowledge of our local history. If you have the desire to join us and can be here a few hours a week, then we will take care of the rest!
We will have an informational meeting and docent training session at the Oswego Heritage House on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 11-12:30. A light lunch will be served. We welcome any and all interested members! Whether you decide to become a docent or not, a fun time is guaranteed!
The Oswego Heritage House and Museum is at 398 Tenth Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.