To build a stronger community in the future we all need to know about our past "Look were we have been and look where we're going"
Source: Gold Digger input Question 1
Source: 20180927 Jacksonville question 1
Ann Root, Mike Burrill, Carolyn Burrill, Ben Truwe, Hew MCElroy, Larry Smith, Carolyn Kingsnorth,
Chelsea Rose, Chris Walker, Linda Turner, Phil Long, Pat Harper
Discussion of budget and finances before questions began,
AR: Didn’t fly well as ballot measure but we’re all in favor of it. We’re rooted in the history, woven into the fabric, but new people don’t know history, like community but “here to create a culture”. WE don’t talk it up, celebrate.
CR-people drawn to Jacksonville because of history
Ann-how deep is it?
CR-do they have to? As log as they celebrate and it’s a draw. I see intrinsic value, but SOHS argument is we can facilitate heritage tourism and augment economic value. She sees people are increasing it
T Burl- Jville Booster, walking path that shows people history would be popular
Larry S- 8 mile hike with 6th graders, kid said “I didn’t realize history was so interesting, I didn’t know J’ville had so much history, I want to learn more.” Kid is from Roosevelt. A few stories and kids connect.
Chris – when younger reading about it didn’t resonate, but visiting places, the experience is what makes kids excited, engaged.
Larry-Heritage fair so important. 1000 4th graders in Medford alone, we only serve 800 at the Fair
Chelsea- scaleable nature, we have wild west, gold rush, etc. Appeal not only to locals but tourists.
Travel Oregon gives out grant money
Walking tours, haunted tours.
Chelsea-tendency to focus on kids and retired folks, demographic in between is missed. Support pub talks. Chelsea partnered with wineries and charged – made 1000s for hist society. Chelsea mentioned qtly events that are successful (recorder didn't note the details of those events)
Carolyn – kids and retirees are audience for history
Chris- but 30-50 are spending years
Chelsea – need all of the groups.
Source: 20180926 Medford Question 1
Doug McGeary (SOHS President) Susan Walsh (Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue Densmore (Communications Consultant) Ron Kramer (past Executive Director of Oregon Public Radio) Dr. Lee Murdock (Pediatrician, Family Nurturing Center Board) Ken Gregg (Jacksonville Councilman) Lindsay Berryman (past Medford Mayor, Heart of Medford Association) Jeff LaLande (SOHS) Linda Turner (SOHS) Vicki Ann Bryden (SOHS) Sheila Baker (SOHS) Alice Mullaly (SOHS) Larry Mullaly (SOHS)
- Ron Kramer: Valuable to help newcomers better understand our community and an important resource for our schools.
- Lee Murdock: Hanley Farm is wonderful environment for those in rehabilitation and their children. It ties young people to the land and nature.
- Lindsay Berryman: History is all about people, where they lived, how they built their culture. Children are fascinated to learn about the history of a place, it connects the dots for them.
- Vicki Bryden: Larry Smith just spoke to an elementary class in Jacksonville about the Chinese and the early mines. They were spellbound for two hours. This is what history can do.
- Susan Walsh: Southern Oregon University would benefit from access to the SOHS collections. Both efforts need to forge stronger ties. The digitizing work by both has great possibilities if we worked together.
- Ken Gregg: There are many values to regional history. These include strengthening our identity, teaching us critical thinking skills,better understanding our community, helping us craft better solutions for economic development, providing us with leadership role models, building a foundation for the future, and encouraging us to better preserve the past.
Source: 20180919 Eagle Point Question 1
Attending: Sue Kupillas, Mary Anne Pitcher, Ben Truwe, Larry Mullaly, Doug McGeary, moderator, Alice Mullaly, note taker
SK--Children don't’ get enough history. They need it to know who they are.
DM—People’s identity is found in history as is our community’s
SK—for me, art history was so much more interesting than our history class which seemed focused on wars.
MP—History has always been all around me,. It defines who we are. I didn’t appreciate all our advances until I read John Adams.
The ‘why’ is not covered in the video and needs to be addressed especially for millennials. They would not appreciate the video.
Groups must adapt or die.
DM—recent history is often more appreciated because we remember a piece of it
MP—Things like bullying have a long history but “If you don’t know better, you can’t do better?”
Kids are hands on and what we do must reflect all learning styles
SK—Art in schools gets kids to think about how things used to be done.
DM—Children and other learn lessons about what was before and why it is important
Moderated by Doug McGeary, attended by: Tim Balfour; Anne Billeter; Eli Mathews; Bob Hackett; Todd Kepple; Doy and Rick Towsley; Dick Gordon; Amy Drake; Chris Sanz; Aaron Hoefling; Ben Truwe; Sheila Baker; Doug McGeary; Linda Turner; Pam and Doug Sasseen; Pat Harper
pam s people come for history, but how do they find it anne b tourism that we can build on, people stay one day longer if they are doing history research amy regional history sets context for community, explains neighborhoods, services, etc. tk makes each community unique, without it all communities are Walmart and MacDonalds he controls past controls future, value in understanding the past, lost in modern culture, helps us dictate where we are going to go sanz brings pride, especially for people who have been here. For newcomers, they want to know and make connections to the community TK "Why things are the way they are" from Pat Bushy, K falls editor. New reporters eventually learned things were done the way they were because it works for K Falls doug confidence for people who come from a place tim balfour sense of place, makes people feel the place is special pam s makes newcomers feel involved anne b sense of belonging, we have richness with local historical societies, at SOHS we have a huge collection dick g preserve past and present to share with younger generations. Native Americans struggling to teach younger people their heritage, customs, dances, drums, tough on them
Source: 20180823 JT input Question 1
What is the value of regional history to our community? I think that regional history is extremely valuable. It's more about how it's presented. Its more about how it's digested, used and purposed that has more value. Look at the new normal we are now facing and the smokey summer. History can show us clearly that this did happen or did not happen before. History can show us how we used to look 100 years ago and 50 years ago and how the freeway changed everything. History can show us why and how. History can help us retain our uniqueness as the country homogenizes. History can help us remember great women and men that were risk takers and change agents and built our region.
Community Conversations Ashland Public Library August 22, 2018
Attending: Linda Walker-Turner, Larry Mullaly, Sam Whitford, Dennis Powers, Mary Jane Cedar Face, Mary O’Kief, Mollie, Owens, Ben Truwe, Phil Long, Bill Gates, Dick Thierolf, Susan Kiefer, George Kramer, Alice Mullaly, Doug Mc Geary
Dr. Phil Long introduced and moderated the event. Alice Mullaly took notes.
MO—exciting that history came alive with family visits to SOHS events and museums. So valuable to have materials available for students. It is also how we build on diversity.
DT—Defines who the community is and what its history is. Requires an institution that represents that history. This community has trouble defining itself. Without SOHS it would be worse.
GK—Southern Oregon has become a transitional community. Regional history is important to those new to the community. Value to learning how this became a desirable place to come to. Opportunity to get to those people, plant seeds.
MOK—origins and evolving history
SK—groups of people in Prospect have collected many things. They are aging and don’t know what to do with the things—example 8-track video interviews done several years ago that document the logging industry in Prospect, Prospect obituaries, etc. Need organizational structure to take care of these materials.
PL—Want others to value what we do.
GK—OCT and OHS do oral histories
SK—Timber Carnival in Prospect may be the last of its kind and those who run it are aging. People are moving away.
DM—Important to share and to remember.
Attending: Doris and Lynn Sjolund, Valerie Root, Barbara Moore, Jennifer Laughlin, David Sours, Al Minnick, Sheila Baker, Doug Mc Geary, Cyndi Noyes, Larry Mullaly (Moderator), Alice Mullaly (recorder)
VR-- Knowing history helps us not repeat mistakes of the past
CN—Value to new people to the area to understand why things work the way they do
DS—imagination—children enjoy touring Hanley House—they aren’t bored.
DS—people go home so happy and excited from events
CN—story of person calling in and missing experiences that had been important to her to share with her own children.
LM—had not thought about how the strand of local history has been broken and we have a chance to reestablish it.
DM—as we get older we appreciate history more
CN—history is about making connections
DS—younger people don’t have time for thinking about history between jobs and families
Bill Maentz, Carolyn Kingsnorth, Bill Gates, Pam Sasseen, Pat Harper, Doug McGeary, Liz Koester, Doug Sasseen, Sue Muslof, and 5 guests attended
Comparisons were made between the Southern Oregon Historical Society and other local museums, including Gold Hills, Butte Falls, and others. One person said history centers are valuable to new residents as many seek out such organizations to learn about the area. Additional comments include: “History helps us to understand what we have now by understanding the history of the area. Historical stories fill in the gaps.” “History is who we are and where we come from. People care when they have knowledge.”
Participants were Larry Mullaly (Moderator), Paden Voget, Sharon Feil, Greg Applen, Pam Sasseen, Ron Hillers, Jerry Doran, Judith Meuser, Doug Loughdal (FNC), Kristen Galabrun (FNC), Pam Sasseen, Rocky Wales, Rhonda Nowak, Tam Moore; Isaiah Webb.
- Opportunity to look at the past and enable us to not make decisions that would be detrimental to our future;
- Good for the newer generation to learn about old ways;
- Good for people to learn about the history of the area, especially when few are from this area;
- One way to attract people to come to the area and tourism; and
- Informs people of the roots and history of the region.
Present: Alice Mullaly, Linda Turner, Doug McGeary, Hazel Smith, Kevin Keating, Vicki Bryden, Carol Holst, Monte Holst, Pat Harper
V: Gives us identity
LT: Southern Oregon people shouldn't have to travel to see history, visit museum
HS: School house is full of our photos, also Valley View Orchards, other places (Food for Less)
MH: Young people who move in and new people are unaware of history
HS: Denver history museum is enormous, kids on tour every day, her kids still remember Jacksonville tours
LT: I remember them
KK: History is de-emphasixed in schools in favor of math and science. History adds to culture. we could advertise at Airport
CH: People don't relate things we do to SOHS
VG: People don't know Hanley Farm
LT: Gold Hill Historical Society - history is everywhere in their building. We can't attract people because we don't display artifacts
DM: Memory is important
CH: Why do some of us value history?
HS: Example, smoke has never been this bad in the valley, people want to know that kind of information about the past
MH: THis building is a good place for a museum. They just completed a long road trip, "all towns had museums"
CH: Museums are also information centers
KK: People don't know they value history until they actualy see it
Present: Phil Long, Billie Taylor, Alice Mullaly, Hew McElroy, Bill Gates, Hazel Smith
Hazel: annual visit to cemetery and museum, what life was like; why is it important to know the changes, important to look back
Billie: Working from past to embrace future.
Bill: ditto, where's we've been to make best decisions
Hazel: People are looking for things during the day that show what happened and how this community became what it is today
Hew: People seek out museums when traveling
Phil: We hold stories about why the things are here that they have come to see
Hazel: e.g., yesterday a professor looking for Boyle information in the Archives
Bill: Draws tourism
Billie: Nothing in Medford to point people to
Attendees: Ron Brown, Stephanie Butler, Larry Mullaly, Kira Lesley, Carolyn Kingsnorth, Phil Long, Robert Hamilton, Gretchen Hamilton, Gayle Lewis, Jeff LaLande, Pat Harper, Andrea Patterson, Jack Patterson.
Jeff: Feedback on Power Point, end with thank you and include mention of the 2016 ballot measure.
Larry: Should Carnegie be mentioned? (no responses)
Gretchen: History is important and fascinating, but people don't know that
Gayle: Way to connect people who move here, especially when it's the last place they intend to live (retirees)
Stephanie: For you, lense to view current life, perspective from native times to the present, makes them reflect on their habits, etc.
Jeff: Lots of people have "profound vacant spot" when it comes to historical knowledge, they want to fill it in. There's a market.
Carolyn: Audience is 4th graders and people in 50s and 60s. They don't want the names, dates, places and tests they associated with history classes. They want stories.
Ron: Explosion of interest in family histories, genealogies, we need to open the doors for them.
Jack: Value? What does that mean? It's situational and most get along without interest in history. Also, the perception is there that it is already being done, and will continue.
Andrea: She and Jack are disappointed we don't have a museum in Jackson County
Larry: Value is a fluid word, to Chamger it's money
Notes taken by Stephanie:Value of regional history to our society: view of the retirement communities and that it will betheir final place of residence and are hungry for the history and for good, thought provokinghistory of our region. Youth use the lens of history to understand their place in the world andhow their lives relate to those from the past. History is about the people who lived it in theirstories. Explosion of interest in genealology will help to give perspective to their own lives. Mostpeople in mid-life can get along well without history and those younger kids and older adults arereally the ones who are most impacted by it.
Attended: Larry and Alice Mullaly, Ben Truwe, Al Densmore, Doug McGeary, Trevor Thorndike, Dick Moore, Shelia Whitesitt, Pat Harper, Tam Moore, Dawna Curler, Liz Koester, Peter and Linda Kreisman, Billie, and Nancy Hamlin
Peter: quote from Daniel Boorstein, Librarian of Congress. “Trying to plan for the future without knowing the past is like trying to plant cut flowers.”
Peter: No diversity in Southern Oregon when he was young, people need to know that
Dawna: knowing history develops sense of place, connections to community lead to investment in helping community. History anchors people to a place.
Dick: History begins with you
Al Densmore: value to guests, we lost tremendous # of guests and people who move in. Our responsibility to tell our story to guests /tourists and to the people who live here.People who didn't know history of Bear Creek complian to City Council because they didn't know how bad it had been
Trevor: Fan of architecture, need diverse experiences, not everything modernized, old architecture needs to be preserved for the buildings tell our history
Linda: History informs political opinions and understanding
Tam: History important because new people need to relate to and understand Oregon laws