Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wilsonville Public Library, Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society and McMenamins History present…

“Gender and Justice at the End of the Oregon Trail”

Wilsonville Old Church History Pub
Presented by Ken and Kris Bilderback, local history authors

5 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. event
Free
All ages welcome

About “Gender and Justice at the End of the Oregon Trail”

Gender has played a pivotal role in criminal justice since Oregon was a territory. In the earliest days, a widow was not allowed to manage her late husband's estate, or even to serve as guardian of her own children. Well into the 20th Century, women and even young girls could be sentenced to men's prisons. Domestic violence often went ignored, unpunished, or even sometimes treated as a joke in courtrooms and newspapers. Husbands could have their wives committed to mental hospitals for the flimsiest of reasons.

Were it not for the perseverance of pioneer feminists like Lola Baldwin, Manche Langley, and Fern Hobbs, working to change the criminal and judicial systems from within, Oregon might be a very different state than the one we know today.

About the Speaker:
Ken and Kris Bilderback have authored four history books that have won prizes for history and literature at book festivals in New York, Los Angeles, Hollywood, and San Francisco. Their latest, Law and Order at the End of the Oregon Trail, explores the role of race, gender, and anti-government sentiment in the evolution of Oregon jurisprudence.

About Wilsonville Old Church History Pub

Wilsonville Old Church History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.