700 N.W. Bond Street / Bend, OR, 97703
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Old St. Francis History Pub
Old St. Francis School
5:30 pm doors, 7 pm event
Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!
All ages welcome
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5:30 pm doors, 7 pm eventFree. First come, first served. Arrive early!All ages welcome
Presented by Dick Etulain, Historian & Author
Wallace Stegner (1908-1993) often gained praise as a superlative
western author and thinker, as a Wise Man of the American West. More than
once, the New York Times referred to Stegner as the Dean of western
writers. He won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for his
fiction and wide attention for his biographies and histories.
Environmentalists usually name him among the leading western spokespersons on
conservation/ecology. What was it about this modest son of a frontier
ne’er-do-well that attracted readers throughout the country? What led so many
observers to think of him as our Western Wise Man? Should his
controversial research for his classic novel Angle of Repose (1971) call
into question his larger roles as novelist, historian, and environmental
advocate? This slide-illustrated presentation will deal with Stegner’s
major contributions and will raise probing questions about his career as
westerner, public intellectual, and wilderness defender.
About the Speaker:
Richard W. Etulain, a specialist in the history and literature of
the American West, is professor emeritus of history at the University of New
Mexico. The son of a Basque sheepman and frontier mother, he was raised
on a sheep ranch in eastern Washington and took his doctorate at the
University of Oregon. He is the author or editor of more than 50 books,
including Beyond the Missouri: The Story of the American West (1996),
The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane (2014), Ernest Haycox
and the Western (2014), and most recently Presidents Who
Shaped the American West (2018). He is presently completing
a two-volume study of Billy the Kid, which should be published in
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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