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Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen speaks at the library

Oregon Reads 2014In 2014, Oregon Reads commemorates the centennial of Oregon’s most celebrated poet, William Stafford. The goal is to once again involve 80,000 Oregonians in Oregon Reads 2014, in communities and on campuses throughout the state.

Paulann Petersen

Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen

Throughout the winter, the library offers programs in conjunction with Oregon Reads 2014. The first program is a presentation by Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen on Wednesday, January 29, at 6:00 PM in the Oak Room.

Ms. Petersen is Oregon’s  6th Poet Laureate, and will share her love of poetry. This presentation is free and open to the public, and is the kick-off for the library’s literary seminar on William Stafford.

For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 503-682-2744 or reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

History Pub starts Tuesday, March 26

Come join us at our first History Pub!

Come join us at our first History Pub!

In collaboration with the Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society and McMenamins, the Wilsonville Public Library presents History Pub!

Learn about Oregon history in a local historical site (The Old Church at Wilsonville McMenamins) on the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 P.M. Attendance is free of charge, but of course you are welcome to purchase food and drink to enjoy with your history lecture. Doors open at 5:30 P.M.

The first lecture is next Tuesday, March 26, about slavery in the Oregon Territory (to answer your question: Yes, there were slaves in Oregon!),  presented by local historian and journalist Greg Nokes. Find out more on the library’s calendar page.

We’re excited about this series of lectures and hope you will join us!

History Pub: Slavery in the Oregon Territory
Tuesday, March 26
6:30-8:00 P.M.  Doors open at 5:30 P.M.
The Old Church at Wilsonville McMenamins

For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 503-682-2744 or reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

Dewey Talks about Oregon history tonight

Roanoake Inn

Old Wilsonville bar scene at the Roanoake Inn

How much do you know about Oregon history? If you’re like me, you’re lucky to know that we’re the Beaver State (even for those of us who went to the University of Oregon), and that those Lewis and Clark guys came out for a visit sometime around 1800.

Find out more tonight (Thursday, February 2) at 6:30 p.m. with Darrell Jabin. Darrell helped put together the state issued almanac and fact book The Oregon Blue Book as well as a 37-minute video showcasing 100 years of publication and the process to recreate the original Commemorative Edition 1911 Oregon Blue Book.

The video is filled with historical vignettes including women winning the right to vote, the fire that destroyed the Capitol, the 1959 Oregon Centennial celebration, and the Columbus Day Storm.

For that matter, how much do you know about Wilsonville history? (Or perhaps I should say “Boones Landing.”) Discover Wilsonville’s history with these Library resources:

  • See photographs from the early days of Wilsonville and read what local citizens had to say about those early days with the Wilsonville Community Historic Views and Talk on the Library website.
  • For an outstanding collection of photographs from the Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society, visit the Emery and Alice Aden Digital Image Collection, also on the Library website.
  • Want something more analog? Then drop by the Library on Monday, February 13th, for “Heritage Day” as part of the Library’s 30th birthday celebration week. We will have special exhibits that day of photos and artifacts of Old Wilsonville, as well as “Beginner’s Genealogy” classes to help folks learn how to trace their family tree.
  • And did I mention that we have an outstanding collection of local and regional history in our “Heritage Collection.”  This rapidly growing Collection is well on its way to becoming one of the strongest and most easily accessible public collections for genealogical research in Oregon. Besides shelving for over 2500 books, it includes a couple of large microfilm cabinets, several microfilm readers, and a computer for using CD-ROM databases and accessing genealogical material on the Internet.

For questions about all things historical and genealogical, contact Adult Services Librarian Greg Martin at 503-682-2744 or reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org.