Discovering Oregon’s Unsung Hero: Jan Wright Presents John Beeson: Oregon Outcast

Welcome, fellow history enthusiasts and curious minds!


Mark your calendars for April 11, 2024, at 5:30 pm, as we welcome author and esteemed archivist Jan Wright to Hannon Library. Join us as Jan delves into the captivating story of John Beeson, a figure both revered and reviled in Oregon’s past.


Who Was John Beeson?

Discover the tale of the “Indian Apostle,” John Beeson, an advocate for justice for Indigenous peoples in 19th-century Oregon. Despite facing political adversity, Beeson’s unwavering passion for human rights still resonates today.


Meet Jan Wright: Guardian of Oregon’s Tales

Jan’s deep knowledge of the region’s history, combined with her captivating storytelling, brings Oregon’s past to life. As the author of Oregon Outcast: John Beeson’s Struggle for Justice for the Indians, 1853-1859, Jan offers a unique perspective on our state’s heritage.


Join Us Virtually!

Can’t make it in person? No problem! Join us via Zoom here on April 11th at 5:30 pm to be part of the experience.



This event, courtesy of the Friends of Hannon Library, is free and open to all. For inquiries and accommodations, contact Hannon Library at or (541) 552-6816. Metered parking is available in lots 1, 12, 29, 36, 37, and 41.


Join us for an evening of discovery as we explore Oregon’s past with Jan Wright. See you there!