The Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences is pleased to present Professor and Author Steve McQuiddy on Friday, June 13, 6:30 PM at the Yachats Commons.
Oregon author Steve McQuiddy will present a slideshow and talk for “Here on the Edge”, his new book (Oregon State University Press) on how a small group of World War II conscientious objectors on the Oregon Coast plowed the ground for the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960’s. Twenty years in the making and packed with original research and more than eighty photographs, the definitive history of Civilian Public Service Camp # 56 ( now know as Angel Jobs Corps) and the Fine Arts at Waldport tells how artists and writers from across the country chose to take a condition of penance (compulsive labor for refusing to serve in the military) and put it to conservation ends. After the war, camp members participated in the San Francisco “Poetry Renaissance” of the 1950’s with Beat Generation writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg — who in turn inspired Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, leading the way to the radical upheavals and massive peace movements of the 1960’s. Copies of of the book will be available for sale and signing.
This is fascinating history of what happened on our little isolated section of the Coast. It has world-wide implications.
There is no admission charge. A $5.00 donation is requested to cover publicity expenses.
For more information, go to GoYachats.com/events or call 541-961-6695.