310 N.E. Evans Street / McMinnville, OR, 97128
Monday, March 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 Rich Schmidt, Director of Archives, Linfield College
In 1858, a five-page document was all it took to found Baptist
College at McMinnville (later renamed McMinnville College). The school didn’t
become known as Linfield College – and feel somewhat secure about its future –
until 1922. In between, the trials, tribulations, struggles, successes and
survival of the school included presidents being hired and never showing up to
work, teachers paid in IOUs, the college’s first graduate not coming until
nearly 30 years after its founding, and the regional Baptist society failing to
support the college. More than a few times it seemed assured that the college
wouldn’t last. We’ll explore the wildly improbable survival of a small,
religious college in the Oregon frontier, and some of the notable people and
events from its early history.
About the Speaker:
Rich Schmidt is director of archives and resource
sharing at Linfield College. He oversees the college archives as well as the
Oregon Wine History Archive, where he mentors students and builds connections
with alumni and the Oregon wine industry. He has authored or co-authored papers
in the Oregon Historical Quarterly, Oregon Wine Press,
(McMinnville) News-Register and Linfield Magazine. Since the
founding of the Oregon Wine History Archive in 2011, he has helped build a
collection of materials telling the story of Oregon wine, including a
collection of more than 200 oral history interviews with people throughout the
industry. He is a member of the Society of American Archivists and Northwest
Archivists. He holds a B.A. with a major in English and a minor in rhetoric and
media studies from Willamette University.
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.
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