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 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
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
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.