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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

Fighting Fires in Extreme Settings: Yes, I Jumped Out of Planes Into Fires

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.


Moderators
avatar for Maureen Flanagan Battistella

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 →

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Gary Buck

Siskiyou Smokjumper Base Museum

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

11:00am

Green Side Up: How the Takilma Commune Reforested the Pacific Northwest

Green Side Up was a reforestation crew that planted the Pacific Northwest after the 1970s and 1980s clear cuts. Green Side Up brought cash into the Takilma Commune that otherwise existed by barter. It was a remarkable time when hippies hit the hills with hoedads and axes. Robert Hirning negotiated the contracts for Green Side Up and was front and center.

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.


Moderators
avatar for Maureen Flanagan Battistella

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 →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Digital Media Gallery Hannon Library First Floor

12:00pm

Behind the Green Door:  Pioneering Environmentalist with a Carpenter’s Union Card

The Applegate was a heated battleground in the late 1990s as environmentalists, loggers and the Forest Service all tried to exert their influence. It took people like Chris Bratt, a card carrying carpenter's union member to help folks talk through the issues, find new ways of solving problems and find consensus. Chris Bratt was a big part of the Applegate Partnership.

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.


Moderators
avatar for Maureen Flanagan Battistella

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 →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Digital Media Gallery Hannon Library First Floor

1:00pm

Pounds of Gold: I Mined Sterling Creek

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.


Moderators
avatar for Maureen Flanagan Battistella

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 →

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

2:00pm

My Mother’s Diaries and Stories of the Applegate
Margueritte Watson married John Black in 1932 and they lived on Forest Creek Road in the Applegate, John's family ranch.  Margueritte photographed and kept a diary throughout her adult life and today, her daughter, Annice Olena Black captures the heart and soul of another time by matching her mother's diary to her photographs of farming, logging, mining and living on the lookout tower out in the Applegate.

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.

Moderators
avatar for Maureen Flanagan Battistella

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 →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Digital Media Gallery Hannon Library First Floor

3:00pm

Stephen Nealon to Peter Sage: A Table Rock Century Farm
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.

Moderators
avatar for Maureen Flanagan Battistella

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 →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Digital Media Gallery Hannon Library First Floor