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 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Stephen Nealon to Peter Sage: A Table Rock Century Farm

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Peter Sage grew melons under the Table Rocks, melons that put him through Harvard University. His great great grandfather Stephen Nealon first settled on the property in the 1850s, and on his death deeded a narrow strip of land to each of his 9 children. Each strip, between 100-200 feet wide was bounded by the Rogue River. Peter Sage talks of his family heritage, land use legislation here in Jackson County and growing melons on Table Rock Road.

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 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Digital Media Gallery Hannon Library First Floor

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