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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.

The Garten Party – Hosted by Garten Services in #SalemOR – Sat. Aug. 5th

20232824_1598088883599940_2897704494581061841_oThe Garten Party

Saturday, August 5 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Pringle Creek Community | 3911 Village Center Dr., Salem, OR  97302

Come to a great party, taste some fabulous food and beverages and help young people with their first paying jobs! A fun summer night in Salem, helping our community be more inclusive.

What could be better?

With your $45 ticket, you’ll enjoy wine, beer and cider, appetizers, a barbeque dinner of smoked crisket, salmon or vegan quinoa bugers and dessert.
A silent and live auction as well as a chance to meet the young people who benefit from the first job this fundraiser supports.
Administrative Offices:
500 Hawthorne Ave SE
Salem, Oregon 97301

The Bite & Brew of #SalemOR

The Bite & Brew of Salem, the city’s premiere summer party, set among Salem’s popular downtown Riverfront Park, is a four-day festival for fans of ALL AGES, featuring live music throughout each day, carnival rides and games, unique sweet and savory cuisine, a huge variety of cold beers and ciders on tap, Willamette Valley wine and entertainment for kids of all ages.

Take advantage of the warm weather and bring your family, blankets and lawn chairs for a relaxing day in the park and enjoy listening to unforgettable musical performances by some of the northwest’s best talent. Invite your friends down for Salem’s greatest annual reunion!

RIVERFRONT PARK | 200 Water St NE, Salem, OR 97301


Thursday: 4pm to 11pm

Friday: 4pm to 11pm

Saturday: 11am to 11pm

Sunday: 11am to 6pm



General Admission: $5.00


General Admission: $9.00

Family Rate Max: $20.00

Seniors (65 and over): $5.00

Military ID Discount: $5.00

Ages 6-17:  $5.00

Children (5 and under): Free


Courtesy of our friends at Country Financial, admission is free all day!



“Resistance Poetry” Featuring Marilyn Johnston and Penina Taesali at Barrel and Keg – Thurs. July 20th

Resistance Poetry

Attend a free poetry reading with Marilyn Johnston and Penina Taesali

Thursday, July 20, 2017 | 7:00 PM

Barrel and Keg | 1190 Broadway Street NE, Salem, OR

Protest poetry has deep roots in the United States. There is a rich tradition of poems about slavery, the Vietnam War, discrimination, and not surprisingly new works being created now in the Trump era.

Local poets Penina Ava Taesali and Marilyn Johnston will read poems published by established poets and their own poetry on the theme of resistance. The open mic afterward is open for you to share your own protest poems and/or protest songs and of course your general poems.

Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow.

Our hosts, The Barrel & Keg, feature a wide variety of beverages and the food pod in the back has a rotating menu of options for dinner!

The Barrel & Keg is located near the intersection of Market and Broadway.

We will have the area in back reserved. Just park in back or across the street and walk through the front door.

For more information visit: Facebook Page

“History in the News” at Willamette Heritage Center in #SalemOR – Thurs, July 20th

History in the News: Should Historians be Pundits?

Hosted by Willamette Heritage Center

Thursday, July 20th | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill St SE, Ste 200, Salem, Oregon 97301

Recent editorials in the “New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post have raised questions about whether and how historians ought to opine on current events and political issues (see the links below, and please read!). In many ways, the WHC’s History in the News series has raised this question, too. For this program, we will directly engage the matter of whether historians and other scholars should be pundits. To what extent are/can scholars be objective? Are historians supposed to be apolitical? How should historians engage in political debate – if at all? What strategies do scholars have for managing and balancing their work as professionals and their interests in current events and political issues?




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

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.

Yoga + Beer at Marion County Fair Hosted by Mikki Trowbridge in #SalemOR – Sat. July 8th

19477590_830838027063658_8178076223917438527_oJoin us for detox + retox at the Marion County Fair at the Oregon State Fair Grounds in the floral garden.

Class is free, and pre-registration also gets you into the Marion County Fair for free.

After class, the fair’s Beer Garden will be open for beer purchases, specifically with Gilgamesh Brewing on tap.

Class is taught by Beer Yogi & Yoga instructor, Mikki Trowbridge Yoga. After class, yogis are invited to stay and enjoy the fair and a pint.

Things to Know:
– Cost: Free. Donations accepted.
– Class is limited to 100 yogis and pre-registration gets you into the fair for FREE too.
– Food and drinks are available to purchase after class
– Please arrive 5-10 minutes early, if possible.
– Please bring your own mat if you can, although we always have extras to borrow.

Pre-register for class here:

#MonmouthOR Music in the Park Series

2017 Music In The Park Series Poster Scan

2017 Music In The Park Series

    • July 5 Shinkle Family Band Folk – Country
    • July 12 Wildwood Allstar Review Rock
    • July 19 Hillstomp Blues
    • July 26 Jenny Don’t & The Spurs Country
    • August 2 Sol Seed Reggae
    • August 9 Cascade Crescendo Jamgrass
    • August 16 Root Jack Rock
    • August 23 Dina y Los Rumberos Cuban Salsa
    • August 30 Coming Up Threes Celtic<