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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


History in the News at Willamette Heritage Center in #SalemOR – Thurs. Nov. 16th

History in the News:

Oregon’s Own History of Sexual Violence and Harassment

Thursday, November 16, 5:30-7:00 pm

Willamette Heritage Center | 1313 Mill St SE, Salem, OR

Millions of people have recently disclosed their experiences of sexual harassment and assault on social media. Oregon is no exception.

This roundtable puts current conversations about sexual harassment and assault in historical perspective. Are we at a pivotal moment in changing the cultural attitudes and workplace practices that sustain such abuse? What has changed, and not changed? Why have efforts to expose and prevent harassment and assault faltered or met resistance in the past? Please join us for conversation with experts in politics, policy, and the law.

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

Food and drink will be available for purchase from Taproot Lounge & Café.

This program is 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 presented in partnership with Salem City Club.

History in the News Page (Willamette Heritage Center)


  • Melissa Buis Michaux, Professor of Politics and Women’s and Gender Studies, Willamette University
  • Cynthia Stinson, Oregon Department of Human Services Legislative Coordinator, former Director of Educational Equity Assurance, Willamette University


Reading: Lois Rosen at Barrel & Keg in #SalemOR – Thurs. Oct. 5th

Lois Rosen reading prose and poetry

Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM51AXUGGjbUL

Barrel & Keg Wine Bar

Salem poet and fiction writer Lois Rosen has published two poetry books, Nice and Loud (Tebot Bach) and Pigeons (Traprock Books).

A founder of Salem’s Peregrine Writers, she leads the Trillium Writers and Willamette University’s ICL Writers.

Lois’ current novel-in-progress takes place in Italy, Portland, and Mint, Oregon.

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!

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


Salem Poetry Project on Facebook

Barrel & Keg Wine Bar (across from Salem Cinema)
1190 Broadway St NE (and Market)
Salem OR

Live Music: Rich McCloud at Victory Club in #SalemOR – TONIGHT!

Rich McCloud performs at Victory Club – Tonight!

Saturday, September 2, 2017 | 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Victory Club | In the alley downtown (behind Reed Opera House)

One of Salem’s best musicians, Rich McCloud, rocks the alley at Victory Club in downtown Salem.


Victory Club

155 Liberty St NE Suite 120

Salem, OR 97301

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!