310 N.E. Evans Street / McMinnville, OR, 97128
Monday, February 26, 2018
Hotel Oregon History Pub
Hotel Oregon - Mattie's Room
5:30 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. program
All ages welcome
5:30 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. programFreeAll ages welcome
Presented by Lissa Wadewitz, Associate History Professor, Linfield
American whalers began entering the Pacific in the 1790s, but the
heyday of the industry in that vast ocean was the 1830s through the 1860s. In
those decades, thousands of increasingly diverse, mixed-race whaling crews
penetrated the far reaches of the Pacific World in pursuit of whales and other
animals. In the process, they caught millions of marine animals that had
significant, albeit uneven, environmental, cultural, and economic repercussions
for the people located closest to the most popular hunting grounds, including the
west coast of North America. Indeed, the indiscriminate hunting of whales and
other marine animals contributed to the decline of these animal populations and
thus to the ultimate demise of the industries that depended on them.
talk will explore the expansion of this vital nineteenth century industry into
the greater Pacific Basin, its interethnic character, and the ecological
legacies that are very much still with us today.
About the Speaker:
Lissa Wadewitz is Associate Professor of History and Environmental
Studies at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. She received her Ph.D. in
U.S. history from UCLA. Wadewitz’s first book, The Nature of Borders:
Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea (2012) won book prizes
from the American Historical Association, the Western History Association, and
the North American Society for Oceanic History. Her current research is focused
on the intersections of race, sexuality, labor, and the environment in the
nineteenth century U.S. Pacific whaling fleet.
Image credit: The Natural History of the Sperm
Whale (1839) by Thomas Beale
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
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