310 N.E. Evans Street / McMinnville, OR, 97128
Monday, February 25, 2019
Hotel Oregon History Pub
Hotel Oregon - Mattie's Room
5:30 pm doors, 6:30 pm program
Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!
All ages welcome
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5:30 pm doors, 6:30 pm programFree. First come, first served. Arrive early!All ages welcome
Presented by Tom Mertes, Linfield College
Early corporate efforts to develop a railway system in Oregon took
off with the arrival of Henry Villard to Portland. He was a central figure in
the development of the Northern Pacific Railroad that bound the Northwest to
the Midwest and East Coast. While the road bankrupted several times in its
early history, it served as a central institution for the circulation of people
and products within the state and the national market. Villard’s inability to
stem its financial failures shifted control of the Northern Pacific from the
West Coast to New York and Europe. Why did the railroad go into bankruptcy? Why
was it revived? Who controlled the corporation after each bankruptcy? What were
the implications for the future of Oregonians and “their” economy?
About the Speaker:
Tom Mertes is the competitive scholarship advisor and director of
the Arts and Humanities in Action program at Linfield College. He also teaches
classes in the History Department. He is the editor and co-author of A
Movement of Movements: Is Another World Really Possible? (Verso 2004).
Prior to coming to Linfield College, he was the administrator of UCLA’s Center
for Social Theory and Comparative History and taught U.S. history courses for
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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