Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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

Bootlegging the Oregon Way

Wilsonville Old Church History Pub
Presented by Finn J.D. John

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

About Bootlegging the Oregon Way

Join Finn J.D. John for an exciting presentation exploring the adventure, romance, comedy and tragedy of Oregon's Second-Oldest Profession. From Canadian rumrunners in high-powered speedboats, to vice-squad cops supplying the mayor with confiscated Scotch, the undercover booze barons of the Beaver State worked tirelessly throughout the '20s to keep the West Coast's thirst slaked.

About the Speaker:

Finn J.D. John is originally from Oregon's north Willamette Valley (Silverton-Molalla area), but went to middle school and high school in Portland during the early 1980s, graduating from Central Catholic High School in Southeast Portland.

Since 2008, Finn, a longtime newspaper reporter and editor, has produced a weekly syndicated column titled "Offbeat Oregon History," which is published in 13 different Oregon community newspapers around the state.

Finn teaches New Media Communications at Oregon State University and is a public historian by avocation. He maintains a website at offbeatoregon.com as both a public-history resource for fellow Oregon history buffs and a laboratory in which to experiment with trans-media franchise building and social media tools. Currently the "Offbeat Oregon History" franchise includes roughly 175 archive columns on the web site; a daily RSS news feed and iTunes podcast feed optimized for smartphone use; an active Facebook page; and a Twitter feed. Future plans include a YouTube channel, along with copious experimentation with Instagram and Pinterest.

Currently, Finn is working on a narrative nonfiction book about ex-president and former Oregonian Herbert Hoover, who, before becoming the most hated president of the twentieth century, saved the entire nation of Belgium from starving to death during World War I.

Finn lives near Albany with his wife, Natalie, and son, Nathaniel, along with two beagles, a black cat and a large and thuggish gang of ever-hungry chickens.

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.