Sponsored by Wilsonville Library Foundation & Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society

“Sold Down the River: How the Willamette Valley Became Dammed”

Wilsonville History Night

presented by

William L. Lang, Ph.D.

  • 5 p.m. doors; 6:30 p.m. event |
  • Free |
  • All ages welcome

About “Sold Down the River: How the Willamette Valley Became Dammed”

During the 1930s, dam builders focused on harnessing the Columbia’s hydropower potential, but they also saw potential for dams in the Willamette Valley. Without hydropower benefits, though, it was a hard sell. How did they do it and what did it accomplish?

The presentation will touch on the relationships between the Columbia and Willamette Valley dams and the politics that made them possible.

About the Speaker
William L. Lang, Ph.D., is emeritus professor of history at Portland State University, the founding director of the Center for Columbia River History, and founding editor of Oregon Encyclopedia. He is the author and editor of many books and articles on the Columbia River and the Pacific Northwest, including Great River of the West: Essays on the Columbia River.

About Wilsonville History Night


Join us for beer and history, Co-Sponsored by the Wilsonville Public Library and Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society, the Oregon Encyclopedia, and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local and regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.

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