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 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pounds of Gold: I Mined Sterling Creek

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Pounds and pounds of gold came out of Sterling Creek Mine in the late 1990s, nuggets as big as your fist. Glenn Wadstein conceived of a sand and gravel operation that was efficient, productive and profitable, and restored the land after extraction. You'll see the equipment that Wadstein designed, the fruits of his labors, and hear some remarkable stories about what might seem unimaginable today.

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 →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Digital Media Gallery Hannon Library First Floor