This Second Sunday presentation tells the story of the artists and writers who were part of the Civilian Public Service Camp #56 and the Fine Arts at Waldport. These individuals from across the country chose to take a condition of penance (compulsive labor for refusing to serve in the military) and put it to constructive ends. After the war, camp members participated in the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance of the 1950s with Beat Generation writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg-who in turn inspired Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, leading the way to the radical upheavals of the 1960s.
Steve McQuiddy writes and lectures on the eccentric margins of our history and culture. His books include Here on the Edge, his publication on this subject, that was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and The Fantastic Tale of Opal Whiteley, which was featured on Oregon Experience. The program will also welcome special guest Will Pool, a World War II veteran who is active with Veterans for Peace 72, the Portland Chapter. Additional Veterans for Peace members will also be available for questions.
This program complemented the 2015 OHS' exhibit, WWII: A World at War, A State Transformed , which featured a section that delves into this history.