Volunteerism is the heart of the Rogue Valley. From the young to the old, many contribute their time, energy, and love to organizations they feel committed to and inspired by. This act exemplifies the strong heritage of volunteerism in Southern Oregon, as local residents contribute to their communities and help them thrive.
At a workshop in March 2013, Oregon Shakespeare Festival volunteers gathered to discuss their involvement with the Festival, sharing what inspired them to volunteer, their best memories, and what they learned from the experience. The OSF Archives
brought photographs, documents, and other materials from their collection to help encourage conversation.
Workshop participants decided to focus the History: Made by You exhibit on a celebration of volunteerism and all that volunteers have and continue to contribute to OSF. "Love's Labor's Found: A Celebration of Volunteerism at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival" explores the early ye
ars of the Festival's founding, its transformation from a volunteer-run company to a world-renowned organization, and the role volunteers play today. Voices of Volunteers
, a video featuring first person accounts of volunteer experiences and videography by Omar Ramos Design
, accompanies the exhibit.
"Love's Labor's Found" opened at the SOU Hannon Library on September 19, 2013 - December 18, 2013 before moving to the Rogue Valley Mall December 18, 2013 - February 21, 2014 and the Ashland Public Library February 21, 2014 - April 18, 2014.
Belle Douglass sewing in the costume shop, 1977
Photograph by Hank Kranzler; Courtesy of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
This project is sponsored in part by a grant from the John and Jane Youell Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.