A week and a half ago, I went to Professor William Robbins’s lecture at the Des Chutes Historical Museum. Dr. Robbins is a leading regional historian, an Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History at Oregon State University, and author of numerous books on Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. His talk was about his personal experience of Oregon as a historian as well as his views on the interplay between history and landscape. Bill Robbins’ presentation was a great reminder of the reasons I feel so privileged to live in a state so rich in history and natural beauty!
If you have an interest in history AND in Oregon, one of Bill Robbins’ books, Landscapes of Promise: The Oregon Story, 1800-1940, has received high critical praise as “the best guide to the ‘Oregon Country’ we have had in a long time, perhaps ever.” For this and other publications by this author and scholar, check our local college library collection! Who knows? A glimpse in history may also bring a better appreciation of the place where you live, too!