Updates to some of our pages

December 17, 2007

Mary Beth Hamilton is updating our Scholar in Residence and Word Cafe pages. Upcoming events are included on our Word Cafe pages. We also have a complete history of all the events and soon we’ll have up a podcast of some some of the readings from “Grand Slam,” our last Word Cafe.


A new Author Series for our community!

December 7, 2007

Rick Steber, acclaimed Western author and personality, will launch a new Author Afternoon series at the Des Chutes Historical Museum on Saturday, December 15 at 1:00. Author Afternoons, made possible through a generous grant from the Oregon Council for the Humanities, will run from December 2007 through November 2008 featuring authors discussing their love of writing. The series is open and free to the public.

Rick Steber is an award-winning author with thirty titles under his belt and more than a million books in print. He is a keen observer of the changing American West and articulates these changes in prose as invigorating, creative, sharp and deadly as a chunk of obsidian. His latest novel, Forty Candles on a Cowboy Cake, continues in that tradition, casting a spotlight on the ongoing conflict in Central and Eastern Oregon between making a living from the land and population explosion and development.

For more information, please visit the Des Chutes Historical Museum website at www.deschuteshistory.org or call 389-1813.


In the name of peace!

December 3, 2007

A new website, Linus Pauling and the International Peace Movement: A Documentary History, was recently launched by the Oregon State University (OSU) Libraries Special Collections. This is an amazing resouce of primary materials documenting the pioneering work of two individuals, Linus and Ava Helen Pauling, who were two major contributors to the twentieth century peace movement. The couple, both of them well-known scientists, devoted their life “speaking against the dangers of radioactive fallout, weapons proliferation and the cultural effects of Cold War hysteria.” 

According to the OSU Libraries announcement, “The centerpiece of the Pauling peace site is an illustrated, fifty-three chapter narrative, written by Pauling biographer Thomas Hager. Over five-hundred archival documents and more than fifty audio and video clips provide deeper context for the events and ideas discussed in this narrative. In addition, the complete details of the Paulings’ personal and professional activities for the years 1950 and 1951 are exhaustively chronicled in the unique Linus Pauling Day-by-Day calendar.”