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**chautauqua: [SHəˈtôkwə] NOUN NORTH AMERICAN an institution that provided popular adult education courses and entertainment in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


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!


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. 

Check out our social media recap on the performance!



Stephen Beckham, Oregon's Backwoods Utopias

Nancy Dunis, Pioneer Women of Lake Oswego

Linda Beutler, Heirloom Clematis in the Garden

Gregory Nokes, Troubled Life of Peter Burnett

Mark Browne, Theresa Truchot: A Jewel of Many Facets

Rachel Verdick/Dorothy Atwood, Historic Preservation and Path to a Sustainable Future

Marge Easley, League of Women Voters History 


Dr. Stephen Beckham, NW Indians

Jan Newton Becker, Aurora Colony History

David Charvet, History of Magic and A Performance

Darrell Jabin, Discovering Oregon History through the Blue Book

Mark Browne, Historic Forensics in Collection Preservation

Susanna Kuo, Rediscovering a Lost Oswego Family: Pomeroy

Dr. Stephen Beckham, Theodore Roosevelt


Dr. Stephen Beckham, Studies in Climate Concerns

Cece Otto, Release of WWI album

Angel Ocasio, History of Ukelele and Performance


Zachary Stocks, Oregon's Black History 

Paul Lyons, Springbrook Park and its Women

Stephanie Wagner, Tryon Creek

Mike Goodrich, 400 mil yrs of Oswego History (Geology)


Dr. Stephen Beckham, Theodore Roosevelt and TR Library

Kim Hewey, Beginnings of Chautauqua

R. Gregory Nokes, Massacre for Gold

Cece Otto, Songs from America's Past

Nancy Dunis, Eva Emory Dye


Katie Henry, Preserving Your Heritage

Courtney Clements, Local Diaries

Dr. Stephen Beckham, Sewing Seeds for Today and Tomorrow: Oregon Indian Tribal Economies

Charlene Green, If Walls Could Talk

Cece Otto, Prohibition: 90 Years of Temperance, Temptation and Song

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