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This Land - Oregon

This Land-Oregon is a narrative history of Oregon, from pre-contact to the present. It is written by one of the Pacific Northwest's most respected scholars, William G. Robbins, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History at Oregon State University and the author of many books of history, including Hard Times in Paradise: Coos Bay, Oregon, 1850-1986 and Landscapes of Promise: The Oregon Story 1800-1940. Robbins tells the history of Oregon by identifying important themes and questions for all readers to consider, especially teachers and students. The narrative reflects the latest research and thinking about western history and serves as a foundation to the other histories that are part of the Oregon History Project.">

Commerce, Climate, & Community: A History of Portland & Its People

Commerce, Climate, & Community: A History of Portland & Its People focuses on commerce, immigration, community, and environment. The author examines the tensions between social classes and ethnic groups, and the emergence of residential patterns and government. The narrative also locates Portland within the broader context of U.S. urban development, and the development of cities within the orbit of the Pacific Rim. William Toll currently teaches American Urban and American Jewish History at the University of Oregon, where he is an adjunct professor.">

High Desert History: Southeastern Oregon

Compared to the rest of the state, southeastern Oregon's high-desert country is a harsh but compelling landscape. Historically, the region has remained a comparatively isolated and challenging place where the main currents of Oregon's development flowed more slowly than elsewhere. For thousands of years a home to Native peoples that had developed a "Desert Culture" way of life, Euro Americans arrived in the early-nineteenth century in modest but growing numbers. They came to trap beaver, to graze livestock and to homestead the sagebrush plains in an attempt to "dry-farm" wheat and other grains. By the late-twentieth century, southeastern Oregon has become a place of some cultural dissonance, a region where a traditional belief in American "rugged individualism" exists side-by-side with a landscape and resources controlled largely by the federal government. Jeff LaLande is an archaeologist and historian. A resident of the Rogue River valley for over 35 years, he has authored numerous publications on the ethnohistory and history of the southern portion of Oregon.">

Wooden Beams and Railroad Ties: The History of Oregon's Built Environment

The buildings and structures built by Oregon's inhabitants are evidence of how they lived, their industries and occupations, their creative impulses, and the natural resources of the land. Wooden Beams and Railroad Ties relates the history of Oregon as expressed through its built environment, from Chinook cedar lodges and missionary churches through covered bridges and fish canneries, to suburban houses, vacation resorts, and glass office towers. With a background in archival management of historical photographs, maps, and architectural plans, Richard Engeman served as the public historian of the Oregon Historical Society until 2006.">

Lewis & Clark: From Expedition to Exposition, 1803-1905

In 1905, Portland boosters mounted the Lewis & Clark Exposition to promote the region's commercial potential. The centennial's connection to the Lewis & Clark Expedition a century before was mostly suggestive except that both enterprises had ties to economic expansion in the name of an ambitious nation. By revisiting both events we might identify our own purposes for commemorating the Corps of Discovery's bicentennial. William L. Lang is professor of history at Portland State University. He has authored and edited numerous works on the history of the American West, including Great River of the West: Essays on the Columbia River. Carl Abbott is professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University and co-editor of the Pacific Historical Review. He has published extensively on the history of city planning, the evolution of U.S. urban policy, and the relationships between urban growth and regional development.">

Nature and History in the Klamath Basin

A land of mountains, forests, wetlands, lakes, and rivers, the Klamath Basin spans the Oregon/California border and is larger in area than nine of the fifty states. During the last two centuries, this region has witnessed a succession of conflicts and accomplishments concerning the use of its land and waters. These include the 1873 Modoc War; the Bureau of Reclamation's Klamath Project; the termination and reinstatement of the Klamath Indian Reservation; and the on-going controversy concerning water allocations and endangered species. Stephen Most is a playwright and scriptwriter. His documentary film credits include two Emmy-winners and four Academy Award nominees. Most wrote the texts, audio voices, and video scripts for the permanent exhibit of the Washington State History Museum and four programs in a world history series for Oregon Public Broadcasting.">

As Long as the World Goes On: The Land and People of Southwestern Oregon

As Long as the World Goes On: The Land & People of Southwestern Oregon explores the geography of southwestern Oregon, the Native cultures of the region, and the history of Euro-American contact and settlement, as well as prominent regional themes including mining, agriculture, logging, community growth, and the environment. The narrative reviews key and often contentious political issues and examines the growing emphasis on recreation, the arts, and heritage tourism. These themes unfold within a landscape that has shaped human life in the region by sheltering inhabitants in isolation from one another and by providing natural resources to support life throughout the centuries. Local historian Kay Atwood, author of Illahe: The Story of Settlement in the Rogue River Canyon, Mill Creek Journal, and other works, lives in Ashland. Archaeologist Dennis Gray specializes in the study of Native American groups in the Upper Rogue River environs.">

Central Oregon: Adaptation & Compromise in an Arid Landscape

Central Oregon is known primarily as an outdoor recreation center but beneath its regional playground surface it possesses a vital history. Its past, while sharing characteristics with the rest of the state and nation, is also unique. Central Oregon's is a history of adaptation and compromise in an area that offered great promise and few resources. Author Paul G. Claeyssens is currently the Heritage and Tribal Relations Program Manager for the Deschutes and Ochoco national forests. Author Ward Tonsfeldt is involved with a resource management consulting business in Bend.">

Oregon Folklife: Our Living Traditions

Oregon Folklife: Our Living Traditions explores community-based arts and culture in the context of local history. With author Joanne B. Mulcahy, we visit each of the state's regions to discover how ethnic, religious, occupational, and recreational communities tell stories, create material arts, and participate in rituals and celebrations. Mulcahy, who directed The Oregon Folk Arts Program from 1988 to 1991, has conducted fieldwork throughout the state. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies; her book, Birth and Rebirth on an Alaskan Island, chronicles the life of an Alaska Native healer. Mulcahy is currently Assistant Professor at the Northwest Writing Institute of Lewis and Clark College and Director of the Writing Culture Summer Institute.">

The World Rushed In: Northeastern Oregon

Northeastern Oregon is an often breath-taking place of mountains, valleys, and broad plateaus. With hot, dry summers and bone-chilling winters, it has never been an easy place to make a living. Those determined to stay here have had to make their peace with a stark, beautiful place whose unstable economy has often been controlled by people and factors originating outside its borders. David Peterson del Mar teaches history classes for Portland State University, Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon and consults for several grants on teaching history in middle and high schools. He is the author of several books, including Oregon's Promise: An Interpretive History.">

Forists and Green Verdent Launs: The Oregon Coast

The Oregon coast is a sliver of land between the mountains and the sea, a land of mild temperatures, lush vegetation, and abundant terrestrial and sea life. Forists and Green Verdent Launs: the Story of the Oregon Coast examines the interplay of natural history and human actions on the Oregon coast from the beginning of human settlement to modern times. Gail Wells writes articles and essays about science, history, natural resources, and other subjects for technical and popular publications. She is the author of The Tillamook: A Created Forest Comes of Age, and coauthor with Dawn Anzinger of Lewis and Clark Meet Oregon's Forests: Lessons from Dynamic Nature. She speaks frequently on natural resource history for Oregon Chautauqua, a program of the Oregon Council for the Humanities. Although she now lives in Corvallis, she is a frequent visitor to the coast, which she knows and loves well.">

Canneries on the Columbia: A New Western History

Canneries on the Columbia is different from other Oregon History Project narratives. The focus is on methodology and the assumptions underlying the beliefs we have regarding history. The narrative starts with an introduction by historian Elliott West and is followed by essays from four historians that offer differing interpretations of the Columbia River canneries. The canneries represent a story rich in relationship and can illuminate how New Western readings support efforts to rethink history in light of new questions. Each essay focuses on a particular topic within the broader subject. Katrine Barber relates the canneries to Native American culture, Chris Friday to issues of Gender, Ellen Eisenberg to Race and Ethnicity, and Joseph Taylor, III to the Environment.">


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