OSU Libraries and Press announce a lecture on the historical legacy of Oregon’s timber industry to be broadcast to HMSC Guin Library
In its first Resident Scholar lecture of the 2015 season, OSU Libraries and Press welcome Dr. David Benac, Associate Professor of History at Western Michigan University, who will present his talk, “Log Rolling, Ax Throwing, and the Owl: The Heritage Legacy of the Timber Industry in Oregon.” The lecture will be available via video conference at 2 P.M. Monday, August 10, in the Lavern Weber Room at Guin Library/Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The lecture is free and the public is welcome.
Dr. Benac notes, “The timber industry occupies a near-incomparable place in the heritage of Oregon. Few other states tie their economic and cultural development to the industry in such a strong way. Within Oregon, no other industry can make a stronger claim to the state’s development. Despite this, the timber industry is glaringly absent in efforts to commemorate the history and heritage of this corner of the Pacific Northwest. The reasons are rooted in historical patterns and conflicts, the practice of nostalgia, the cultural role of heritage, and contemporary economic factors.” Much of his work deals with case studies of timber towns. Our area’s communities of Toledo and Valsetz are used as supplementary examples.
For more information, please contact the Guin Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-867-0249. More information about the talk and broadcast originating on the OSU campus may be found at http://guin.library.oregonstate.edu/lecture-oregon’s-timber-towns-august-10.