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Lecture at Willamette U. In #SalemOR: Pompeii from the Origins to the End: Excavations of a Sub-Elite Neighborhood – Thurs, Feb. 15th

Pompeii from the Origins to the End:

Excavations of a Sub-Elite Neighborhood

Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Willamette U. College of Law | Paulus Lecture Hall, Rm 201

Kevin Dicus
Assistant Professor, Department of Classics
University of Oregon

The history of Pompeii is often reduced to a single moment: its destruction and burial in AD 79. Vivid images of the ruins and the casts of Vesuvius’ victims bring a focus onto the “death” of the city while its full life history remains underappreciated. How the city developed, changed, and functioned over the course of six centuries is increasingly understood through archaeological research.

This talk examines the life history of a small Pompeian neighborhood excavated by the “Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia,” from the earliest occupation in the 6th century BC to the final years of the city’s existence.

This event is free and open to the pubic

Willamette Events Calendar

Willamette University Campus | Law School – Rm 201 | Paulus Lecture Hall
245 Winter Street SE
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6380

Contact Information:
Reyna Meyers

Event Sponsor(s):
Willamette University, Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology


Pubtalks! distilled: Bolshevik Revolution? at Half Penny in #SalemOR – Wed. Dec. 6th


Distilled Pub Talks:

What Remains of the Bolshevik Revolution?

Wednessday, December 6, 2017 | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

The Half Penny | 3743 Commercial Street SE, Salem

Willamette’s second event in its Distilled: Pub Talks speaker series will feature historian Bill Smaldone, who will present “What Remains of the Bolshevik Revolution?”

A century ago, the Bolshevik Revolution overthrew capitalism in Russia and established a new communist society, the Soviet Union. “By challenging the established world order, the Bolshevik Revolution inspired millions of people around the world to fight for radical change,” says Smaldone. “At the same time it mobilized millions who feared it and aimed to destroy it.

Now — one hundred years after the revolution came to power and a quarter century after the Soviet Union’s demise — it’s worth taking stock of the revolution’s legacy in America and the world.”

Smaldone’s research focuses on 20th century German and European labor. In addition to a textbook on the history of socialism, he’s written two books involving German Social Democrats before and during the rise of Adolph Hitler.

Most recently, Smaldone translated and edited two volumes of documents about European socialist thought during the first half of the 20th century.

Free and open to the public!

Learn more about the Distilled: Pub Talks series here!


The Half Penny
3743 Commercial Street SE
Salem, OR 97302

Performance: Clarence Darrow in #SalemOR – Wed. Nov. 15th

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Naked Darrow,” a one man play by nationally renowned Darrow portrayer Gary L. Anderson, is coming to Loucks Auditorium at the Salem Library.

Date Correction: Lecture – “Capturing the Power of the Spirit World: Ritual Objects from Northeast Papua New Guinea” – in #SalemOR – Sept. 7th

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Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Hallie Ford Museum of Art | Roger Hull Lecture Hall

In conjunction with the exhibition “Capturing the Power of the Spirit World: Ritual Objects from Northeast Papua New Guinea” taking place in the Study Gallery at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, anthropologist David Eisler will give an illustrated lecture on the concept of spiritual power in the art and culture of Papua New Guinea.

Free and open to the public.

More information about the exhibition

WU Campus – Hallie Ford Museum of Art
700 State Street
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6855

Contact Information:
Hallie Ford Museum of Art

History in the News: Earthquakes, Eclipses, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes: Can History Prepare us for the Unexpected? In #SalemOR – Aug. 17th

History in the News: Earthquakes, Eclipses, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes: Can History Prepare us for the Unexpected?

Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Willamette Heritage Center | Dye House

Social media experts forecast that the total solar eclipse of August 21 will be “the most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history,” while highway authorities predict that the days surrounding the eclipse could see the greatest temporary mass migration of humans to see a natural event in U.S. history.

Oregonians are steeling themselves for the arrival of perhaps a million visitors, and attendant stresses on highway, sanitation, and cell phone systems; the Governor has even called out the National Guard in advance to handle crowds, traffic, and fires.


  • Christine Colasurdo: Artist, poet, and writer, author of Return to Spirit Lake: Life and Landscapes at Mt. St. Helens (2016) and contributor to In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mt. St. Helens (2008).
  • Jay Pasachoff: Astronomer and Williams College Professor, and Chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Eclipses and a veteran of 65 previous solar eclipses, who is also leading an observational team on the Willamette campus for the eclipse.
  • Jason Younker: Anthropologist, Assistant Vice President and Advisor to the President on Sovereignty and Government to Government Relations at the University of Oregon, whose scholarship includes work on Coquille oral histories of tsunamis.

This History in the News panel considers the eclipse and other monumental natural phenomena such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis, in social and historical perspective.

How did people in our region anticipate and respond to such cataclysmic or cosmic events in the past?  Did such events have long term effects on lives and landscapes here?

How have they been incorporated into the cultural memories and historical narratives of diverse communities?  Does history offer us lessons on how to predict, and prepare for such occurrences?

History in the News is FREE and open to the public.

Moderated by Dr. Leslie Dunlap, History Department, American Ethnic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies Programs

Location Information:
Willamette Heritage Center (Off Campus)
1313 Mill Street SE
Salem OR 97301

Contact Information:
Name: Leslie Dunlap
Email: ldunlap@willamette.edu
Admission / Ticket Info:
Free and Open to the public

Event Sponsor(s):
Willamette University History Department

Other Details:
Food and Beverage for sale provided by Taproot Café

Third Thursday of each month, March through November | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

March 16th, April 20th, May 18th, June 15th, July 20th, August 17th, September 21st, October 19th, and November 16th, 2017

Discuss current events in historical context at a monthly roundtable with Mid-Valley historians, political scientists, and other intellectuals. The topic of each discussion will be pulled straight from the headlines, and will be decided just 10 days before each event. Listen to the thoughts of experts, then join in the conversation and voice your own opinions.

This program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities(OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program. History in the News is sponsored by KMUZ Community Radio, and in partnership with Salem City Club.

River Currents: The Natural History and Biology of Minto Brown Island Park in #SalemOR – Tues. Aug. 8th

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River Currents Presentation Series:

The Natural History and Biology of Minto Brown Island Park

Speaker: Sharon Rose, author and retired Willamette University Professor

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Riverfront Park Ampitheatre: 101 Front Street NE Salem, Oregon 97301

This presentation will focus on the history of the park and surrounding area as well as provide a guide to the seasonal changes of the flora and fauna that take place on a yearly cycle.


Jon Yoder

Salem Environmental Education: RIVER CURRENTS

Coming Soon to the Willamette Heritage Center: Caboose #507 – Welcome Party July 28th in #SalemOR

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Coming Soon to the Willamette Heritage Center

Oregon & California Caboose #507

Arriving Friday, July 28th!

Willamette Heritage Center | 1313 Mills ST SE, Salem, OR

In 2015, the Willamette Heritage Center was offered a unique treasure – 1909 Oregon & California Caboose #507. Since its retirement in 1962, the Caboose has rested in a forest outside of Eugene, Oregon. The property owner offered the Caboose to the WHC in hopes that it could be restored and preserved as a symbol of the Willamette Valley’s past. After several years of preparation and coordination, we finally have an arrival date set for the Caboose on Friday, July 28th!

Join us for a welcome party all day at the museum. We’ll have a live stream of the move in the theatre, fun train-related activities for children, snacks and refreshments, and more!



According to the 1913 ICC Roster list for Southern Pacific Cabooses, Caboose #507 was one of nine cabooses made by the Standard Steel Car, Co. for the Oregon & California Railroad in 1909. As part of the O&C’s merger with the Southern Pacific Railroad Company in 1915, the car was transferred to the Southern Pacific Railroad. Maintenance cards from the Portland Rail Yard show continued use of Caboose #507 in Oregon through at least 1954. The Caboose was retired from service in 1962 and sold to a private party. Since that time, it has been maintained on private property near Eugene, Oregon.

Interpretive Goals

Once the transportation and restoration of Caboose #507 is complete, visitors will be able to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the purpose of the caboose and its role in local transportation history
  • Learn about individuals who lived and worked around this car
  • Be exposed to and tangibly interact with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical (STEM) principles related to the operation of a railroad in this area

The Caboose will be designed with an ADA accessible ramp and decking to allow all visitors the ability to experience its interior.

The relocation and restoration of the Caboose would not be possible without the generous donation of time, expertise, and resources from several individuals and organizations. Thank you to the following individuals, businesses, and organizations for your generous roles in getting Caboose 507 home!

  • Kay Lee & Dave Brown
  • Albany & Eastern Railroad
  • Ed Austin & Associates
  • Boatwright Engineering
  • Cougar Construction
  • Financial Products & Services, Inc.
  • Salem Downtown Rotary Club
  • Trust Management Services
  • Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Willamette Heritage Center Page