**chautauqua: [SHəˈtôkwə] NOUN NORTH AMERICAN an institution that provided popular adult education courses and entertainment in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS, AND JOIN US FOR THE 2023-24 SEASON AT OUR NEW TIME!
October 4, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
My Great-Grandmother Mrs. Henderson, Pioneer Entrepreneur by Linda Holden
Mrs. Henderson was recognized in The Oregonian in 1914: "She is the pioneer caterer on the (Old) Columbia River Highway. A typical Western woman, one who knows how to overcome difficulties and carve success right out of the wilderness". Born in Portland, OR in 1872, she was raised in Happy Valley. However she made her mark in the Oregon history as a key campaigner for building the (Old) Columbia River Highway (CRH), and providing extraordinary hospitality to travelers at roadhouses she owned and managed along this highway. The Oregon notables (besides Mrs. Henderson) supporting the building of CRH included: Sam Hill, John Yeon, Simon Benson, Henry Pittock, Sam Jackson. and more. The passing of Mrs. Henderson in 1930 signaled the end of the era of elegant roadhouse dining along the CRH from 1914 to 1927.
The presentation will be given by Linda J. Holden who is a 4th generation Oregonian and born/raised in Lake Oswego, OR with her three sisters.
November 1, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Whistle Punks and Misery Whips: Logging the Willamette Valley, 1850 to 1960 by Dr. Stephen Beckham
This illustrated lecture is an overview of logging and lumbering, major enterprises in the Willamette Valley. In 1850 the Oswego sawmills of Albert A. Durham and Socrates Tryon cut lumber for Portland and San Francisco. The presentation covers the evolving technology of log transportation from bull teams to logging trucks as well as river drives, splash dams, and railroads. It includes the proposal in 1923 by the Oswego Log and Booming Company to transform Oswego Lake into a massive log pond with a flume connecting to the Willamette River.
Prof. Beckham grew up in western Oregon where his father was superintendent of the Coos River Boom Company and subsequently author of SWIFT FLOWS THE RIVER: LOG DRIVING IN OREGON (1990). Beckham is the Pamplin Professor of History, Emeritus, Lewis & Clark College, and taught college students for 42 years.
December 6, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Annual Holiday Marketplace
More information coming soon!
February 7, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Presentation on Magic by David Charvet
More information coming soon!
EARLIER THIS SEASON:
Wednesday, September 6, 2023:
Arirang: Korean Folk Songs on Kayageum by Doyeon Lim
Arirang is a representative Korean folk song and there are about 3,600 variations. Every region in Korea has its own Arirang and each Arirang bears the core emotions of Korean people. You can make your own Arirang naming after your hometown, too. Doyeon will play several Arirang songs on Kayageum introducing the background story and the lyrics.