Monday, August 28, 2017

Hotel Oregon History Pub

Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City

Hotel Oregon History Pub

Hotel Oregon - Mattie's Room

5:30 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. program

Free admission

All ages welcome

About Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City

Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City

Presented by: Tyrone Marshall, Professor of Theatre Arts, Linfield College and Brenda DeVore Marshall, Professor of Theatre & Communication Arts, Linfield College
Co-sponsored by: Linfield College

Pacific City is home to one of the most unusual fishing fleets in the world. Fishermen and women have launched dories (flat-bottomed boats) through the surf at Cape Kiwanda since the early 1900s. Although major commercial fishing from the dories has given way to robust recreational activity, the dory fishermen and women remain an integral part of the traditional lore and contemporary life of the community for residents and tourists alike. In 2011, Linfield students and faculty began documenting the history of the Pacific City dory fleet to preserve a part of Oregon’s past and present. The collection of narratives and images tells the story of the fleet in the words of those who know it best – the anglers and the wives, mothers, husbands, fathers, fish buyers and boat builders who support them. To date more than 100 dory fishers have been interviewed This lecture features an overview of the project, a brief survey of historical highlights, stories of Yamhill County connections to the dory fleet, as well as panels from a traveling exhibit and excerpts from the interviews.

About the Speakers:
Tyrone (Ty) Marshall, professor of theatre and resident designer at Linfield College since 1987, teaches scenic and lighting design, other technical courses, and stage management. He also creates the scenic and lighting designs for most of the Theatre Program's productions. He holds an A.A. degree in Drama from Wharton County Junior College in Texas, a B.A. in Theatre from North Texas State University, and an M.F.A. in Scenic Design and Technical Theatre from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. Ty has created more than 200 scenic and lighting designs for university and professional theatre, including productions at the Black Hills Playhouse and Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland. In addition to his design work, since 2011 Ty has been a project collaborator for Linfield’s Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City project to document the history of the fleet through the creation of permanent digital archives and other programs. In his spare time, Ty is an avid photographer.

Professor Brenda DeVore Marshall has been teaching in Linfield College’s Theatre and Communication Arts Department since 1987. She also serves as chair of the department. As an undergraduate, she studied theatre and music at the University of Denver, earning a B.A. degree. At the graduate level she specialized in speech communication and theatre at North Texas State University, where she received a master’s degree, and at Southern Illinois University—Carbondale, where she earned a Ph.D. Brenda teaches courses in human communication, including women’s political discourse, intercultural and multicultural communication, rhetorical and communication theory and criticism, communication in the wine industry, and gender and communication. She also has been active in faculty governance throughout her career at Linfield. Brenda serves as the director for Linfield’s Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City project. This on-going oral history undertaking aims to document the history of the fleet through the creation of a permanent digital archives and other programs.

 

 

Photo credit: “Mike Dixon landing in his dory, the Native Son,” courtesy of Tyrone Marshall.

About Hotel Oregon History Pub

Hotel Oregon 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.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp