Wednesday, August 20, 2008

9/18: Out of the Ordinary Oregon at Beaverton City Library

Oregon Council for the Humanities
Join Connie Battaile, the author of The Oregon Book: Information A to Z, as she recounts some of the curious events in Oregon’s history on Thursday, September 18, 7pm, at the Beaverton City Library. It may help to explain our conviction that Oregon is a unique place.

From the state motto of Alis Volat Propiis (She flies with Her Own Wings) to the Keep Portland Weird bumper stickers, Oregonians have long demonstrated an appreciation for independent thinking and a high degree of tolerance for the unusual. A shared belief that it’s different here is certainly part of how we define our state’s zeitgeist.

Retired reference librarian and author Connie Battaile wonders if revisiting curious events in Oregon history can help illuminate our conviction that Oregon is a unique place. Beyond their historical value, Battaile’s research suggests that even seemingly unrelated events can tap into larger themes of a state’s identity.
author and retired librarian, Connie Battaile
author and retired librarian, Connie Battaile

In this engaging program she recounts some of the natural disasters, such as the Heppner flood of 1903 and the Vanport Flood of 1948, and human foibles, such as the Stumbo Strip and the infamous exploding whale story. Slides of maps and historical photos will illustrate her presentation.

Beaverton City Library is pleased to host an Oregon Chautauqua program from the Oregon Council for the Humanities. This free, public program will take place on Thursday, September 18 at 7pm at Beaverton City Library’s Meeting Rooms A & B, 12375 SW 5th Street.

Oregon Chautauqua brings scholars and speakers to more than eighty Oregon communities each year. Chautauquas take place in libraries, community centers, museums--wherever people come together to talk, learn, debate, and share their understanding of the world.

This Chautauqua program, which is made possible by funding from the Oregon Council for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oregon Cultural Trust. This is the first of a series of three special Thursday Evening Oregon programs exploring some of the many aspects of our state’s culture.