The LSTA Library Meetings

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The Oregon Encyclopedia hit the road during the fall of 2013 to hold a series of meetings at libraries and museums throughout the state. We asked members of each community to contribute their knowledge of local history and culture and to lead us to new authors and contributors. At each site, library or museum staff shared information about the local historical resources available at their institutions that can help people research and learn about the history of the local community and region. A local historian presented at many of the meetings, and participants learned more about The Oregon Encyclopedia.

The meetings are made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

Learn more about your own local history using the annotated bibliographies of local historical resources made available by the libraries and communities listed below. Visit participating library web sites to learn more about the local events, workshops, community news, and resources available in your region.

Entries generated in part by the LSTA library meetings may be found in The OE Oregon County SeriesCoos County; Polk County; Crook County; Harney County; Malheur County; Wallowa County; Columbia County.

Past Meetings

Saturday, September 21, 2013
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Independence Public Library
175 Monmouth Street, Independence, Oregon.

Oregon Encyclopedia Community Meeting: Contribute Your Knowledge of Polk County History to the Oregon Encyclopedia

The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE) is coming to Polk County this fall to hold a public community meeting on Oregon history and culture. Test your local history knowledge with a fun trivia quiz, learn about some of the important people, places, and events in Polk County, and contribute your knowledge of local history to the encyclopedia project.

The meeting will be held in Independence on Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Independence Public Library located at 175 Monmouth Street, Independence, Oregon. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Heritage Museum Society and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The meeting will include a presentation by Heritage Museum Society Director Peggy Smith, who will describe the local historical resources available at the museum which support the research and writing of local history. Kimberly Jensen, professor of history at Western Oregon University and OE Editorial Board Member, will lead a discussion on local history and how to write an Oregon Encyclopedia entry, and will work with participants to identify Polk county topics that should be included in The OE.

What famous 1950s music performer born in Polk County in 1927 was described by Tony Bennett as the “Father of Rock and Roll?” What important Oregon politician grew up in Dallas? When was Independence named the “Hop Center of the World?” Attend the meeting or browse the Oregon Encyclopedia at www.oregonencyclopedia.org for the answers!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
A.R. Bowman Museum
246 North Main Street, Prineville, OR

Oregon Encyclopedia Community Meeting: Contribute Your Knowledge of Crook County History to the Oregon Encyclopedia

The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE) is coming to Crook County this fall to hold a public community meeting on Oregon history and culture. Test your local history knowledge with a fun trivia quiz, learn about some of the important people, places, and events in Crook County, and contribute your knowledge of local history to the encyclopedia project.

The meeting will be held in Prineville on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the A.R. Bowman Museum located at 246 North Main Street, Prineville, Oregon. The meeting is co-sponsored by the A.R. Bowman Museum and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The meeting will include a presentation by A.R. Bowman Director Gordon Gillespie, who will describe the local historical resources available at the museum which support the research and writing of local history. Kelly Cannon-Miller, Director of the Des Chutes Historical Museum and OE Editorial Board Member, will lead a discussion on how to write an Oregon Encyclopedia entry. Ulrich H. Hardt, Oregon Encyclopedia Co-Editor-in-Chief will showcase The OE and work with participants to identify Crook county topics that should be included on the web site.

What hydraulic project authorized in 1956 provided water for 10,000 new acres of farmland in Crook County? Can you name the female independent homesteader who lived for eighteen years on a ranch near Post in the early 2oth century? William Arnold Pearl, born in Prineville in 1930 won what famous athletic titles in 1961, 1967 and 1971? Attend the meeting or browse the Oregon Encyclopedia at www.oregonencyclopedia.org for the
answers!

Wedneday, October 9, 2013
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Harney County Chamber of Commerce
484 North Broadway, Burns, Oregon

Oregon Encyclopedia Community Meeting: Contribute Your Knowledge of Harney County History to the Oregon Encyclopedia

The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE) is coming to Harney County this fall to hold a public community meeting on Oregon history and culture. Test your local history knowledge with a fun trivia quiz, learn about some of the important people, places, and events in Harney County, and contribute your knowledge of local history to the encyclopedia project. The meeting will be held in Burns on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Harney County Chamber of Commerce located at 484 North Broadway, Burns, Oregon. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Harney County Historical Museum and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Ulrich H Hardt, Oregon Encyclopedia Co-Editor-in-Chief will lead a discussion on how to write an Oregon Encyclopedia entry and work with participants to identify Harney County topics that should be included on the web site.

What is the name of the Oregon mustangs that live on Steens Mountain? Who was known as the Sage of Harney Valley in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? What is the name of the Harney County music performance group that won a $100 prize at the Oregon State Fair in 1916? Attend the meeting or browse the Oregon Encyclopedia at www.oregonencyclopedia.org for the answers!

Thursday, October 10, 2013
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Four Rivers Cultural Center
676 SW 5th Avenue, Ontario, OR

Oregon Encyclopedia Community Meeting: Contribute Your Knowledge of Malheur County History to the Oregon Encyclopedia

The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE) is coming to Malheur County this fall to hold a public community meeting on Oregon history and culture. Test your local history knowledge with a fun trivia quiz, learn about some of the important people, places, and events in Malheur County, and contribute your knowledge of local history to the encyclopedia project.

The meeting will be held in Ontario on Thursday, October 10, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Four Rivers Cultural Center located at 676 SW 5th Avenue in Ontario, Oregon. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Four Rivers Cultural Center and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The meeting will include a presentation by the Four Rivers Cultural Center’s Executive Director Matt Stringer, who will describe the local historical resources available at the museum which support the research and writing of local
history. Ulrich H. Hardt, Oregon Encyclopedia Co-Editor-in-Chief will lead a discussion on how to write an Oregon Encyclopedia entry and work with participants to identify Malheur county topics that should be included on the web site.

What is the name of the gold mining town in northern Malheur County that was deserted by 1900? For more than a century, the Jordan Valley community has remained the most recognized settlement in eastern Oregon for what ethnic group of European settlers? Who was the Pulitzer Prize winning poet that was born in Ontario in 1905? Attend the meeting or browse the Oregon Encyclopedia at www.oregonencyclopedia.org for the answers!

Friday, October 11, 2013
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Josephy Center for Arts and Culture

403 North Main Street, Joseph, Oregon

Oregon Encyclopedia Community Meeting: Contribute Your Knowledge of Wallowa County History to the Oregon Encyclopedia

The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE) is coming to Wallowa County this fall to hold a public community meeting on Oregon history and culture. Test your local history knowledge with a fun trivia quiz, learn about some of the important people, places, and events in Wallowa County, and contribute your knowledge of local history to the encyclopedia project. The meeting will be held in Joseph on Friday, October 11, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture located at 403 North Main Street, Joseph, Oregon. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture and the Wallowa County Museum and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Ulrich H Hardt, Oregon Encyclopedia Co-Editor-in-Chief will lead a discussion
on how to write an Oregon Encyclopedia entry and work with participants to identify Wallowa County topics that should be included on the web site. The meeting will include presentations by Cheryl Coughlan, Executive Director of the Josephy Library and Ann Browder from the Wallowa County Museum. They will describe the local historical resources available at their institutions that support the research and writing of local history.

What Wallowa County resident gained fame playing guitar and harmonica with some of the best western musical bands in the 1940s and 1950s? This female botanist collected 4,546 specimens and is the author of Guide to the Plants of the Wallowa Mountains of Northeastern Oregon. What is her name? Attend the meeting or browse the Oregon Encyclopedia at www.oregonencyclopedia.org for the answers!

The Pendleton Public Library and the Oregon Encyclopedia present
A Night of Umatilla County History

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
6:30pm to 8:30pm
The Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub
230 SE Court Ave, Pendleton, OR

Sip and savor a pint of local craft beer and learn about the valuable historical resources available at the Pendleton Public Library. Contribute your knowledge of local history and culture to The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE), an online resource about the state’s significant people, places, events, and institutions. Oregon Council of Teachers of English board members Rick Hardt and John Scanlan will work with participants to identify local topics that should be included in The OE. Enjoy a presentation by local historians including Susan Badger Doyle, Jack Sanders, and Keith May about the WWII Reminiscences Project and their Umatilla County Historical Society book project of 150 years of Umatilla County History. Beverages may be purchased during the presentation and food will be available for purchase before and after the show.

Oregon Encyclopedia Workshop: Researching Local History
A Meeting Presented by The Oregon Encyclopedia and the Multnomah County Library

Sunday, June 10, 2012
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
U.S. Bank Room. Free and open to the public.

What was the “Great Light Way,” and what was its impact on the development of downtown Portland?
Where can you find more information about “Portland’s Great Light Way” and other historical trivia?
Answers to these questions and tips for researching Portland history can be found at a free workshop
sponsored by The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE) and the Multnomah County Library. The program will
include a presentation by Dan Haneckow on Portland’s “Great Light Way.” In 1914, enterprising businessmen unveiled an architectural and electrical wonder along Portland’s downtown Third Street—”The Great Light Way.” The transformation of the street marked an important turning point in the development of downtown Portland, as bridge and road-building increasingly affected the shape of the Westside business district. Haneckow, who is an Oregon Encyclopedia author and writes about Portland history in a blog called Café Unknown, will also lead a discussion on how to write an Oregon Encyclopedia entry and will work with participants to identify local topics that should be included in The OE. The meeting will include a presentation by Multnomah County Public Library staff about the unique aspects of the library’s print, microfilm, and online local history resources. At the end of the program, participants will have the opportunity to explore local historical treasures at the library with the assistance of staff librarians.

This meeting is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library
Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library. This event is co-sponsored by
the Multnomah Countuy Library.

Jefferson County Library
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Jefferson County Library District, Rodriguez Annex
241 SE 7th Street, Madras, OR 97741
Free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

The meeting will include a presentation by Jefferson County Library District staff about the local
historical resources available at their library that support the research and writing of local history.
Learn about the history of the county seat war between the towns of Culver and Madras in the
early twentieth century with a presentation by Jerry Ramsey, historian and writer for The OE. Mr.
Ramsey will lead a discussion on local history and how to write an Oregon Encyclopedia entry.
Bill Lang, OE Executive Editor, will work with participants to identify central Oregon topics that
should be included in the Encyclopedia.


Central Oregon Community College Library
Thursday, May 10, 2012
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Central Oregon Community College Library
2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR 97701
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The meeting will include a presentation by COCC Library and the Des Chutes Historical Museum
staff about the local historical resources available at their institutions that support the research
and writing of local history. Learn about the process of writing an OE entry with a presentation by
Kelly Cannon-Miller, historian and Director of the Des Chutes Historical Museum. Ms. Cannon-
Miller will use her current research on the Bowman Museum in Prineville as an example of how
to research and write for The OE. Bill Lang, OE Executive Editor, will work with participants to identify central Oregon topics that should be included in the Encyclopedia. 

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Past events

Harney County Library
Monday, March 7, 2011, 7pm-8:30pm
80 West "D" Street
Burns, Oregon

Learn about the valuable historical resources available at the Harney County Library,
including an overview of the special collections available at the Claire McGill Luce
Western History Room. This collection features books, local newspapers, oral histories, and
over 1,000 photos of Burns, Hines, and the people and communities of Harney County. OE
Editor-in-Chief Bill Lang will lead a discussion on how to write an Encyclopedia entry and
will work with participants to identify local topics that should be included in The Oregon
Encyclopedia.

North Bend Public Library
Saturday, April 10, 2010, 10am–1pm
1800 Sherman Ave.
North Bend, Oregon

OE Editor-in-Chief Rick Hardt will explain how to write an entry for the Encyclopedia, and Anne Donnelly from the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum will present on the history of Coos County. 

Newberg Public Library
Thursday, April 22, 2010, 5:30-8pm
503 East Hancock Street
Newberg, Oregon

OE Editor-in-Chief Linda Tamura and OE author Barbara Mahoney will explain how to write an entry for the Encyclopedia. Annotated Bibliography.

North Bend Public Library
Saturday, May 8, 2010, 10am-1pm
1800 Sherman Ave.
North Bend, Oregon

Rick Hardt, OE Editor-in-Chief, will work with participants to identify local topics that should be included in the Encyclopedia. The meeting will include a presentation by North Bend Public Library staff about the unique aspects of the library’s print, microfilm, and online local history resources. It will also include information about other key local history materials in Coos County libraries.

Multnomah County Library, Holgate Branch
Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 5:30-8pm
7905 SE Holgate Blvd.
Portland, Oregon

OE Editor-in-chief Rick Hardt will work with participants to identify southeast Portland topics that should be included in the Encyclopedia and will lead a discussion on how to write an Oregon Encyclopedia entry. Annotated Bibliography.

Shaw Historical Library
Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 5:30-7:30pm
3201 Campus Dr.
Klamath Falls, Oregon

OE Editor-in-chief Rick Hardt will work with participants to identify Klamath County topics that should be included in the Encyclopedia. OE Editorial Board Members, Ed Battistella and Mark Clark will lead a discussion on how to write an Oregon Encyclopedia entry. Learn about the valuable historical resources available at the Shaw Historical Library, including historic maps, oral histories, and archival collections.

Newberg Public Library
Saturday, May 15, 2010, 10am-12pm
503 East Hancock Street
Newberg, Oregon

OE Editor-in-chief Linda Tamura will work with participants to identify Yamhill County topics that should be included in the Encyclopedia and will lead a discussion on how to write an Oregon Encyclopedia entry. Learn about the valuable historical resources available at the Newberg Public Library, including historic maps, and archival collections.

Baker City Public Library
Saturday, May 22, 2010, 10am-1pm
2400 Resort Street
Baker City, Oregon

OE Editor-in-Chief William L. Lang will work with participants to identify eastern Oregon topics that should be included in the Encyclopedia. Gary Dielman, OE author and local historian, will lead a discussion on how to write an Oregon Encyclopedia entry. Learn about the valuable historical resources available at the Baker City Public Library, including the library’s new, state-of-the-art microfilm reader unit and its online digital archive of historic photographs.

Shaw Historical Library
Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 5:30-7:30pm
3201 Campus Dr.
Klamath Falls, Oregon

OE Editor-in-chief Rick Hardt will work with participants to identify Klamath County topics that should be included in the Encyclopedia and will lead a discussion on how to write an Oregon Encyclopedia entry. Learn about the valuable historical resources available at the Shaw Historical Library, including historic maps, oral histories, and archival collections.

Multnomah County Library, Holgate Branch
Saturday, June 5, 2010, 10am-1pm
7905 SE Holgate Blvd.
Portland, Oregon

OE Editor-in-Chief Linda Tamura will work with participants to identify southeast Portland topics that should be included in the Encyclopedia and will lead a discussion on how to write an Oregon Encyclopedia entry.

Tillamook County Library
Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 5:30-7:30pm
1716 3rd Street
Tillamook, Oregon

OE Editor-in-chief Rick Hardt will work with participants to identify north coast topics that should be included in the Encyclopedia and will lead a discussion on how to write an Oregon Encyclopedia entry.

Grand Ronde Tribal Library
Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 5:30-7:30pm
Grand Ronde, Oregon

OE Editor-in-chief Linda Tamura will work with participants to identify local history topics that should be included in the Encyclopedia and will lead a discussion on how to write an Oregon Encyclopedia entry. Learn about the valuable historical resources available at the Grand Ronde Tribal Library, including its Native American collections. Bibliography.

Grand Ronde Tribal Library
Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 5:30-7:30pm
Grand Ronde, Oregon

An OE Editor-in-chief will work with participants to identify local history topics that should be included in the Encyclopedia. Davis Lewis, OE Editorial Board Member and manager of the Cultural Resources Department for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community will lead a discussion on how to write an Oregon Encyclopedia entry. Learn about the valuable historical resources available at the Grand Ronde Tribal Library, including its Native American collections.

Albany Public Library
Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 6-8pm
2450 14th Ave SE
Albany, Oregon

OE Editor-in-Chief Linda Tamura will work with participants to identify local history topics that should be included in the Encyclopedia and will lead a discussion on how to write an Oregon Encyclopedia entry. Learn about the valuable historical resources available at the Albany Public Library that can assist with the researching and writing of local history.

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