Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Wilsonville Old Church History Pub

“My Music Man”: Seven Generations Growing Up Near Oregon’s Willamette River

Wilsonville Old Church & Pub - Wilsonville Old Church

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


All ages welcome

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About “My Music Man”: Seven Generations Growing Up Near Oregon’s Willamette River

“My Music Man”: Seven Generations Growing Up Near Oregon’s Willamette River

Presented by author Dede Montgomery

Montgomery’s book My Music Man illustrates the power of storytelling through narratives of seven generations of family living near Oregon's Willamette River

As Dede Montgomery moves through grief to accept of the death of her father, the stories in her book My Music Man shed light on change, acceptance, and forgiveness amid close personal relationships and Oregon’s natural landscapes. You’ll be catapulted into autumn on the Willamette’s riverbank in the 1960s with the author and her brothers, where they discover their father’s own childhood stories and the intimate relationship he shares with the land. Tales about generations of family weave between time periods, held together by the constancy of place and colored by memories of picking berries and filberts, traveling through the West Linn locks, and swimming in the river on a hot summer day. Montgomery describes small-town life in a school where everyone knows everybody, and how it felt to be an only girl in what often felt like a never-ending sea of boys.

About the Speaker:
Dede Montgomery is a sixth-generation Oregonian and a certified industrial hygienist working in research at Oregon Health & Science University. She lives with her husband in West Linn where she never tires of exploring new places along the banks of the Willamette River.

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.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp