BRINGING HISTORY HOME
Murdock talks is a series of presentations focusing on local and historical topics and featuring a wide variety of experts. Murdock Talks are held in the Murdock Gallery of the Museum of the Oregon Territory one Wednesday a month. See below for a detailed schedule of upcoming presentations, or visit our calendar page.
BUILDING OREGON: HOW THE STATE WAS GROWN AND DEVELOPED
Native Americans, fur traders, explorers and missionaries came to the area for different reasons, but all were instrumental in the development of our state. Fur traders set up communities missionaries set up schools and meetings were held to set up a government. Darrell Jabin; Oregon's Traveling Historian will share and discuss the individuals and events that helped create the state of Oregon.
LANGUAGE OF THE LAND: COWBOY POETRY INSPIRED BY OREGON’S WESTERN HERITAGE AND RANCHING CULTURE
Throughout the history of the American West, and in Oregon, cowboy poets have played a large part in preserving our western heritage and the culture of Oregon through oral and written poetry. Cowboy poetry is part of a long-cherished legacy and Oregon has produced well-respected contemporary cowboy poets, including this program’s presenter, Tom Swearingen.
A two-time winner of the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Contest, Tom brings his stories to life with rhythm and rhyme and a style that makes him a popular performer. For more on Tom visit oregoncowboypoet.com.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17th 7:00PM
GIVING THE NOOSE THE SLIP: AN ANALYSIS OF FEMALE MURDERERS IN OREGON, 1854-1950
Twenty-five women were convicted of homicide in Oregon between 1854 and 1950. During these years the majority faced all-male court and penal systems. As such, they were handled differently in accordance with various social, cultural, and legislative shifts relating to women's roles as citizens. Through an examination of contemporary newspaper articles, inmate case files, and other Oregon State Penitentiary records, this presentation will examine three distinct periods relating to these shifts: 1854-1900, 1901-1935 and 1936-1950.
Jenna Barganski is the Museum Manager at Clackamas County Historical Society in Oregon City. In 2018, Jenna received her M.A. in History and Public History from Portland State University.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15th 7:00PM
All talks begin at 7:00 PM and are held on-site at the Museum of the Oregon Territory. Seating begins at 6:45. Please arrive early for assured parking.
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