Monday, June 26, 2017

McMenamins History, Oregon Historical Society and Holy Names Heritage Center present…

Bigotry Unmasked: The Rise of the KKK in Southern Oregon

Kennedy School History Pub
Presented by Jeff LaLande

6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. event
Free
All ages welcome

About Bigotry Unmasked: The Rise of the KKK in Southern Oregon

In 1921, Luther Powell, a recruitment officer for the Ku Klux Klan, arrived in southern Oregon to recruit new members for the Klan. His visit marked the beginning of a short, but disturbing, period in Oregon's history. Historian Jeff LaLande will speak about the Klan's influence in southern Oregon during the 1920s, the 1923 Alien Property Act prohibiting immigrants from owning or leasing land, and more about this turbulent time.

About the Speaker:
Jeff LaLande, a retired U.S. Forest Service archaeologist, has lived in the Rogue Valley for over 45 years. He received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Oregon in 1993. LaLande taught at Southern Oregon University and is the author of a number of several books and numerous articles.

About Kennedy School History Pub

Kennedy School 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.