“Here on the Edge: How a Small group of World War II Conscientious Objectors on the Oregon Coast Plowed the Ground for the Social and Cultural Revolutions of the 1960s”

History Pub Monday at Kennedy School

presented by

Steve McQuiddy

  • 7 p.m. |
  • Free |
  • All ages welcome

About “Here on the Edge: How a Small group of World War II Conscientious Objectors on the Oregon Coast Plowed the Ground for the Social and Cultural Revolutions of the 1960s”

Twenty years in the making and packed with original research and more than eighty photographs, Here On the Edge, Steve McQuiddy's definitive history of Civilian Public Service Camp #56 and the Fine Arts at Waldport tells how artists and writers from across the country chose to take a condition of penance (compulsive labor for refusing to serve in the military) and put it to constructive ends. ??After the war, camp members participated in the San Francisco “Poetry Renaissance” of the 1950s with Beat Generation writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg – who in turn inspired Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, leading the way to the radical upheavals and massive peace movements of the 1960s. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing.

About the Speaker

Steve McQuiddy writes and lectures on Pacific Northwest history and culture, particularly the eccentric quarter. His monograph, The Fantastic Tale of Opal Whiteley, has been widely cited and reprinted, with an expanded version published in 2012. He has written for Salon, Mother Jones, Seattle Times, and Best Essays Northwest, and has been awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists. He is an honorary director of the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission and serves on the Board of Directors of the Lane County Historical Society. He teaches writing at Lane Community College in Eugene. Learn more at hereontheedge.com


About History Pub Monday at Kennedy School

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Join us for beer and history, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local or regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.

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