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The Greatest Generation: Medford in WWII with Larry Mullaly

Jackson County Library Services

Larry Mullaly will provide insight into what it was like in the Rogue Valley during the Second World War. Families could not easily purchase shoes and clothing; food and gasoline were rationed. New automobiles—even tires—could not be had. The war also transformed the city of Medford, an agricultural center with less than 12,000 inhabitants. Construction…

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Connecting Across Landscapes with Katie Johnson

Jackson County Library Services

Archaeologist Katie Johnson will examine excavations at the Jacksonville Chinese Quarter Site. They resulted in the recovery of over 50 pounds of animal bones. These bones represent mealtimes, home cooking, adaptation and innovation of Oregon Chinese Americans in late nineteenth century. Katie Johnson is a staff archaeologist at the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology,…

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The Seamy Side of Medford: 1884-1935 with Ben Truwe

Jackson County Library Services

Medford resident Ben Truwe will provide stories from the poorly documented underworld of Medford and readings from Medford's vice surveys of the 1950s. Ben Truwe is a recovering printer and a former trustee of the Southern Oregon Historical Society. He is the author of the "Looking Back" Jackson County history books and creator of the…

Stories of Southern Oregon Heritage Trees with Nancy Appling

Jackson County Library Services

From Eve's apple tree to Tolkien’s grumpy Ents, trees have always captured our imaginations. Join Nancy Appling to learn about Southern Oregon’s trees, like the Hanley Willow, the Britt Sequoia, the McCall Magnolia, and the Beall Black Walnut. For seven years, Nancy Appling lectured for the Oregon Council for the Humanities and talked about trees…

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Rogue River Preserve: Deep Roots in Jackson County with Pat Acklin

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Pat Acklin, Professor Emerita of Geography and Environmental Studies at Southern Oregon University, will explain how the Rogue River Preserve is recognized by naturalists and conservationists in Southern Oregon as one of the most important natural areas in the upper Rogue Valley. This 2.4 miles of unbroken and largely intact forest along the Rogue River…

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The Many Cs of the YMCA: Civics, Christianity, Physical Culture and Community with Maureen Flanagan Battistella

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The Young Men’s Christian Association helped define American civic and moral values at the turn of the last century, but today, many chapters are more concerned with healthy living and a broader sense of community. In this Windows in Time presentation, historian and researcher Maureen Flanagan Battistella describes how the Young Men’s Christian Association influenced…

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