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


Story of an Oregon Dig (The Jim Rock Tin Can Collection)

Chelsea Rose of the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) will be on site showcasing the Jim Rock Historic Can Collection. The collection is housed at SOULA, and was made available in a digital format through a collaboration with Hannon Library. The historic can collection was created by archaeologist Jim Rock, who literally wrote the book on the origin and history of tin cans. In addition to being important artifacts at archaeological sites, cans played a significant role in the emerging world of disposable consumerism. Cans themselves became canvases for early advertisers, and as such, they are a material remnant of choice, preference, and the ongoing dialog between consumers and the changing global marketplace.

Chelsea will be at the festival all day, but if you want to hear her speak about the exhibit, she'll be doing that three times: at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm.


Chelsea Rose

Archaeologist, Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology
Chelsea Rose is an historical archaeologist and research faculty at Southern Oregon University and is interested in the early settlement and development of the American West. She graduated with honors from the University of Oregon and received her graduate degree in Cultural Resources... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm
Rotunda Hannon Library First Floor