Monday, April 24, 2017

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

Natural History of the Cascades and Beyond

Kennedy School History Pub
Presented By: Daniel Mathews

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

About Natural History of the Cascades and Beyond

Hear about native animals and plants in relation to early scientific exploration, Native American uses, climate change, and simply how they work. This talk and slideshow is built around readings from Mathews's new book, Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains. Topics include pikas and wolverines-their changing present-day status and their dicey future; the arduous lives and brutal deaths of explorer-naturalists Georg Steller, Sir John Franklin, and David Douglas; and how shoestring root rot (sometimes considered the World's Largest Living Thing) may have saved life on earth. A tangential topic will be the history of the sea otter trade, which for a century was the main value European nations saw in the Pacific Northwest. Mathews will present and sign copies of his book.

About the Speaker:

Daniel Mathews came to Portland at age 17 to study literature at Reed. His self-education in science was born out of sheer love of the Northwest's natural glory. While working on his first mega-field guide, he lived for five years in a cabin without electricity in the Gorge, sitting up writing into the wee hours on a manual typewriter, by kerosene light. Later, he manned Desolation Fire Lookout, the one made famous by Jack Kerouac. (Don't worry, he's been using the internet plenty, for as long as it's been around.) His published books are all field guides with the exception of America From the Air, an exploration of history, geology, and ecology as you see them from jetliner windows. A manuscript on sea otters remains unpublished, and a book on climate-related threats to western forests is his proposal in circulation currently.

(Photo Credit: Gabriel Mathews)

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.