Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Edgefield History Pub

Buzz and Amos – Two Oregonians Who Changed River Running History in Grand Canyon

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

About Buzz and Amos – Two Oregonians Who Changed River Running History in Grand Canyon

Presented by: Vince Welch, Author & former professional river guide, Troutdale Historical Society and McMenamins History

In the fall of 1937 Buzz Holmstrom, a gas station attendant from Coquille, Oregon, became the first person to complete a solo transit of the Green and Colorado Rivers (through Grand Canyon). He made the 52-day, 1,100-mile voyage in a handmade wooden boat. When he reached Boulder City, Nevada, he sent a telegram to his mother, "OK at Boulder Dam. Haldane." The following year Portlander Amos Burg read about Holmstrom's voyage in the Saturday Evening Post. The well-known explorer and National Geographic writer, lecturer and photographer had already run most of the rivers of the west in his canoe. Burg contacted Holmstrom and suggested they film a re-creation of Holmstrom's previous epic voyage. Holmstrom agreed and the pair launched in August 1938 from Green River, Wyoming. Burg, rowing an inflatable raft, would be the first to pilot such a craft through Grand Canyon. Learn more about these two adventurous Oregonians, their voyages and the boats they piloted when river running was in its infancy. This presentation includes a screening of Burg's film Conquering the Colorado, nominated in 1939 for best short documentary. 

*Copies of Vince Welch's books, The Doing of the Thing - The Brief, Brilliant Whitewater Career of Buzz Holmstrom and The Last Voyageur - Amos Burg and the Rivers of the West, will be available for autograph and purchase at the presentation.

About the Speaker:
Vince Welch has written for Mountain GazetteOregon CoastWendRiversBoatman's Quarterly ReviewUtne Reader, and The Hibernacle News. At present, he is working on a satire about modern day river running.  A former professional river guide and co-author of The Doing of the Thing: The Brief, Brilliant Career of Buzz Holmstrom, and author of The Last Voyageur - Amos Burg and the Rivers of the West, Welch continues to run rivers throughout the West with his family and other ancient mariners. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his family, a dog-named Murphy, and a bunch of chickens.

About Edgefield History Pub

Edgefield 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.