Monday, July 20, 2020

Hotel Oregon Virtual History Pub

Linfield Before It Was Linfield:
Tales From McMinnville College

Hotel Oregon - Mattie's Room

Event goes live at 7 pm


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About Linfield Before It Was Linfield: Tales From McMinnville College

Linfield Before It Was Linfield: Tales From McMinnville College

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.

About Hotel Oregon Virtual History Pub

Hotel Oregon Virtual History Pub

McMenamins History is pleased to broadcast live, free virtual programming, accessible to anyone with a Facebook account. We’ll bring you scholars, writers, experiencers, experts and more who will give presentations on Pacific Northwest history. Join us for these scheduled events on the McMenamins History page on Facebook – and don’t forget to stock up on your favorite McMenamins beer, wine, cider and more beforehand!