Welcome to the 6th Annual Ashland Literary Arts Festival! This year’s event focuses on independent story and thought throughout the entire Cascadia region, celebrating not only books, but all forms of expression: literature, poetry, journalism, art, lyrics, comics, film, and documentary. We invite you to come on in, explore the festival schedule, and find the stories that speak to you!
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Saturday, October 28 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Fighting Fires in Extreme Settings: Yes, I Jumped Out of Planes Into Fires

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SmokeJumpers parachute out of planes into wilderness areas to fight fires that are hard to reach with ground equipment. The SmokeJump Base - also known as The Gobi -  in Cave Junction, Oregon was established to fight fires caused by Japanese incendiary bombs that hit the west coast during WWII and was active through the late 1980s. Meet Gary Buck, who jumped out of Gobi Base beginning in the 1960s and hear about the courage and strength and fellowship that make up this unique profession.

Stories of mills, mines, forests, and fields:  Southern Oregon’s landscape, economy, and demographics have changed significantly since the donation land claims of the mid-1800s. Thanks to grants from the Oregon Heritage Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Southern Oregon University has been collecting the oral histories and photographs of heritage families and publishing these to the Southern Oregon Digital Archives.

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Maureen Flanagan Battistella

Assistant Professor Affiliate and Research Anthropologist, Southern Oregon University
Battistella’s research involves food culture, heritage agriculture and the wines of Southern Oregon. She is one of the architects of the Stories of Southern Oregon project, a collection made available through SOU Hannon Library's Southern Oregon Digital Archives portal. The Stories... Read More →


Gary Buck

Siskiyou Smokjumper Base Museum


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Digital Media Gallery Hannon Library First Floor

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