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2018: A year-long tribute to authors in The OE

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January: Nathan Pedersen

Nate Pedersen is a Community Librarian with the Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon.  He is on the board of directors for the Deschutes County Historical Society and Museum.  Nate also works as a freelance journalist, with publications in a variety of newspapers and magazines.  After growing up in Minnesota, he completed his education at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he earned a B.A. in Anthropology and an M.A. in Library and Information Studies. His website is


O'Kane Building

Goodwillie House

Bend Amateur Athletic Club Gymnasium


Joseph (town)


Klondike Kate

Frank T. Johns



Barlow Road

  bookmobileGraham Bros. Bookmobile, 1920, OHS, 019145

January: Sarah Munro

Sarah Munro has a B.A. from Pitzer College and an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2004, with the Labor Arts Forum, she helped organize a symposium on New Deal art in Oregon. She is the author of Timberline Lodge: The History, Art and Craft of an American Icon, published in 2009, and has curated exhibits celebrating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the New Deal at the Oregon Historical Society and Timberline Lodge. Currently, she serves as the Director of the Hoover-Minthorn House Museum in Newberg, Oregon, boyhood home of Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States.


Zigzag Ranger Station

Morrow County Courthouse

Community of Zigzag

Fernando (Basque trickster)

Pelota Fronton

Margery Hoffman Smith


Richard L. Kohnstamm

Rachael Griffin

Portland Art Association

Timberline Lodge

Jordan Valley



Basque residents of Jordan Valley, c.1914. Courtesy OHS Research Lib. 21730