Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Kalama Harbor Lodge History Pub

20th Century Kalama: A Retrospective

Kalama Harbor Lodge

6 pm doors, 7 pm event

Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!

All ages welcome

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Qualifies for “Attend a McMenamins History-Sponsored Event” Experience Stamp.

Why not stay the night? Receive 15% off your hotel room that evening using the code HISTPUB or mention it when you call the hotel.

About 20th Century Kalama: A Retrospective

20th Century Kalama: A Retrospective

Presented by Joanna Boatman, former mayor and founder of Kalama History House

The Boatman family has been actively involved in Kalama town history since their arrival in the early 1900s. Join longtime resident Joanna Boatman for a first-hand account of the people and events that have shaped this Columbia River community over the last hundred years.

About the Speaker:

Joanna Boatman was born in Kalama in 1930. Along with her siblings, Bill and Illeanna, she was raised in a very tight-knit, community-oriented household. Joanna’s father, Frank Boatman, served for years as town marshal and a volunteer fire fighter, while her mother, Elizabeth, was constantly volunteering her time to myriad local service organizations.

Following her parents’ example, in 1951 Joanna chose to dedicate herself a life of service by entering the nursing profession. Then eight years later, she joined the Kalama City Council, where she was elevated to Pro-Tem Mayor in 1959, when the previous mayor resigned. At 28, she became the first female mayor of Kalama. At the end of the appointed term, Joanna ran for the office and was re-elected. And through it all, Joanna continued nursing.

In addition to civic governance, Joanna has been an active leader in her vocational community, serving as both President and a member of the Boards of Directors for Lower Columbia and King County Nurses Associations and for Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA). During her more than 60 years in the WSNA, Joanna consistently led the charge in advancing the welfare of nurses. She is known by her peers as having, “elevated the image of nurses in the operating room from that of the ‘doctor's hand maiden’ to a true and equal partner of the surgical team.”  In addition to her induction in the WSNA Hall of Fame, the organization has established the “Joanna Boatman Staff Leadership Award” in her honor.

At age 89, this remarkable person maintains her nursing license and continues to provide care to Kalama residents. And most recently, Joanna spearheaded a campaign to establish a local museum, Kalama History House, to preserve and protect her hometown’s past.

About Kalama Harbor Lodge History Pub

Kalama Harbor Lodge 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