Monday, May 20, 2019

Kennedy School History Pub

*Event Date moved! Holy Rollers: The Crazy Oregon Cult That Wasn’t Rajneeshpuram

Kennedy School

6 pm doors, 7 pm event

Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!

All ages welcome

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About Holy Rollers: The Crazy Oregon Cult That Wasn’t Rajneeshpuram

Holy Rollers: The Crazy Oregon Cult That Wasn’t Rajneeshpuram

Event date moved from May 27, 2019 to May 20, 2019. 

Presented by Alastair Morley Jaques, Actor, antiquarian, and storyteller

A small town is gripped with scandal when a wild-eyed, charismatic, apocalyptic cult leader takes possession of the hearts, the minds, and perhaps the very souls of their mothers, their sisters, and their wives. The enraptured women proclaim their leader to be nothing less than the second coming of Jesus Christ and join themselves to him as the multiple brides of their fiendish new messiah.

When the self-styled prophet and his “Brides of Christ” retreat into the wilderness to await the dawning of a new age and reports begin to circulate about week-long cult rituals that are one half religious revival, one half wild orgy, the few remaining townspeople not under the messiah’s spell decide it’s time to act.

By the time the smoke of gunfire, arson, and animal sacrifice cleared, three were dead, headlines were made, and a once peaceful community was rocked to its core.

It’s a story that evokes all the thoughts and associated names like Waco, Jonestown, the Manson Family, or Rajneeshpuram. It’s a story that began in Corvallis, Oregon in 1903 and ended with gunfire, murder, and suicide on the streets of Portland.

About the Speaker:

Actor, antiquarian, and storyteller Alastair Morley Jaques studied Theatre Arts and American Literature at the Evergreen State College and the University of Oregon. He has appeared in a professional capacity on stages all along the West Coast in Shakespearean and contemporary roles, as well as lending his talents to numerous commercial voice overs on radio and television. A born and bred Oregon, he is perhaps best known to Bend audiences for his wildly successful one person show An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe. An avid reader and collector of stories and artifacts pertaining to the strange, eldritch, and arcane, he lives in Portland, OR and spends much of his time in a bell tower overlooking a crypt and a columbarium.  

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About Kennedy School History Pub

Kennedy School 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.

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