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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. 

WILLAMETTE VALLEY WINERIES

Despite its short, 50-year history, Oregon's Willamette Valley was named Wine Region of the Year in 2016 by Wine Enthusiast, besting Champagne, France; Crete, Greece; and Sonoma, California. Credit for the award can be traced to the pioneer winemakers, a small group of dreamers who—through grit and determination—succeeded in growing grapes where it was considered impossible. Others joined the adventure, and through collaboration and a passion for making the best wine possible, the Willamette Valley's wine industry was born. Presented by Barbara Randall, author of the book by the same name, "Willamette Valley Wineries" takes a look at the challenges and successes that led to the burgeoning local wine industry- complete with wine provided at the event.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH 7:00PM

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WILLAMETTE FALLS PAPERMAKING

Who are the people behind Oregon’s industrial revolution at Willamette Falls? Through personal stories of Oregon City and West Linn paper mill workers and wondrous photographs, this presentation by Bob Bresky, author of "The Papermakers: More Than Run of the Mill," talks about the industry’s inspiring, funny, and sometimes controversial past, beginning with the building of very first paper mill in Oregon in 1867.

 

 


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17th 7:00PM

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WILLAMETTE LOCKS

Constructed in 1872 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the Willamette Locks served to give passage to commercial and private vessels back-and-forth from the lower and upper sections of the Willamette river. However in 2011 the locks were closed due to lack of funding for repairs. As redevelopment plans for the Willamette Falls industrial site gets underway and public interest in the falls increases, the question of what should be done with the Willamette Locks has been raised once more. Sandy Carter, Willamette Falls Locks advocate and Collections manager for Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation, will discuss the history of the Willamette Locks as well as what its future may hold.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14th 7:00PM

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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.