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Monster Hit: 200 Years of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Art by Raymond Jackson

The Friends of Hannon Library present local author Tod Davies as she discusses the impact of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein after 200 years.

Thursday, May 10
4-5 pm
Hannon Library, Meese Room

Published two centuries ago, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the iconic fantasy horror story. Even now the story keeps its hold on enthralled and terrified audiences everywhere.

“Frankenstein’s Monster is one of the most compelling and influential images in just about all aspects of our culture: scientific, literary, popular and more. Why is that? How did it happen that a nineteen year old girl suddenly found her voice, and in telling that voice’s story, wove an unforgettable tale retold countless times the world over? I’ll delve into this mystery, maybe coming up with an answer or two, as we look at the history of the story itself, its ensuing popularity, and the many different versions spawned by Mary Shelley’s original monstrous hit.” —Tod Davies

Tod Davies

Davies is the author of The History of Arcadia visionary fiction series: Snotty Saves the Day, Lily the Silent, The Lizard Princess, and the upcoming Report to Megalopolis or The Post-modern Prometheus (August 2018). She has long been fascinated by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and looks forward to sharing thoughts (and maybe a few surprises) about it in this event.

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Tod Davies presents on May 10

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As part of the Friends of Hannon Library Speaker Series, this event is free and open to the public. Attendees can get free campus parking for the event by visiting any campus parking meter and using this code: FHL0510.

For more information, contact Hannon Library Administration at libraryevents@sou.edu or 541-552-6816. If you need disability accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Disability Resources at 541-552-6213 or dss@sou.edu.

loggers from early 1900s

Jeff LaLande presents “When Timber Was King: The Rise and Decline of Southern Oregon’s Timber Industry” on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 4 pm at Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library (Meese Room). This event is free and open to the public.

In the early days, men felled the big trees with just an axe and dragged timber out of the forest with mules and oxen. Steam donkeys, two-handled saws, railroad lines and trucks changed the landscape and Rogue Valley mills ran 24×7. Today, most of Southern Oregon’s mills are silent, and a truck with a three-log load is rare indeed.

In this unusual presentation, LaLande describes the legislation, corporate powers and political changes that have altered the Oregon landscape forever.

About Jeff LaLande

Forest historian and archaeologist Dr. Jeffrey LaLande, now retired, worked with the U.S. Forest Service for nearly 50 years. He has traipsed the land, seeking out the equipment and traces of the timber industry’s history from long ago to more contemporary times. He photographed his findings for the Forest Service, cataloging places that few know of and fewer even have seen. LaLande also wrote narrative and scientific histories of the region’s great timber industry that drove Southern Oregon’s economy for a hundred years.

LaLande’s wide-ranging research interests include Southern Oregon’s Good Government movement, early Oregon political history, the Oregon Trail migration and the Rogue Valley’s donation land claims among other topics.

Thanks to a 2017 Library Services and Technology Act grant to Hannon Library, LaLande’s collection of historic timber industry photos are being digitized and will made available through the Southern Oregon Digital Archives (SODA) in the Stories of Southern Oregon Collection. LaLande’s earlier SODA contribution, a set of 647 images in the Rogue River National Forest Historic Images Collection, is available now.

Southern Oregon Digital Archives

Hannon Library’s Southern Oregon Digital Archives display eighteen collections that present a rich set of images, text and video on topics that range from locally discovered Chinese material culture, butterflies, First Nations, musical instruments, wine, agriculture and more. The Southern Oregon Digital Archives can be accessed at http://soda.sou.edu.

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For more information on the March 7, 2018 program or the Southern Oregon Digital Archives, call 541-552-6442. If you need disability accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Disability Resources at 541-552-6213 or dss@sou.edu.

Map of Galapagos Islands

Join writer and naturalist Pepper Trail for his talk “Voyage to the Origin of Species: Reminiscences of Charles Darwin.”

February 8, 2018, 4 pm
Hannon Library, Meese Room
Southern Oregon University

Portrait of Charles Darwin against background map of Galapagos Islands

Pepper Trail as Charles Darwin, February 8

Celebrating Charles Darwin

This event celebrates International Darwin Day, commemorating the birthday of Charles Darwin and his contributions to the sciences of biology and evolution. Learn about Darwin’s life “first hand” through this talk presented by Pepper Trail, as he assumes to the persona of Charles Darwin looking back on his childhood and youth, his famous voyage on the Beagle, and the events leading up to the publication of The Origin of Species.

As part of the Friends of Hannon Library Speaker Series, this event is free and open to the public. Attendees can get free campus parking for the event by visiting any campus parking meter and using this code: FHL0208.

For more information, contact Hannon Library Administration at libraryevents@sou.edu or 541-552-6816. If you need disability accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Disability Resources at 541-552-6213 or dss@sou.edu.

About Pepper Trail

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Pepper Trail, Writer and Naturalist

Pepper Trail is an ornithologist at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory and has a long-time interest in the life, ideas and writings of Charles Darwin. His portrayal of Darwin has entertained audiences from the Seattle Public Library to the Galapagos Islands. Trail is also a regular contributor to High Country News and the Jefferson Journal. As a writer, his poetry has appeared in Rattle, Cascadia Review and other publications. His collection Cascade-Siskiyou: Poems was a finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Award in Poetry.

silhouette of pears

Sue Naumes presents “Pear Box Labels: the History of the Rogue Valley” Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 4 pm at Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library (Meese Room). This event is free and open to the public.

Pear box labels tell the story of Southern Oregon’s agricultural history, its economic wealth and, thanks to Sue Naumes, the story of Southern Oregon.

By 1910, Southern Oregon was in the throes of a land boom, the result of commercial pear cultivation and the railroad that brought those pears to national markets. Every box of pears packed had a label on its side, a bright and colorful label that pronounced the quality of the fruit and the excellence of a Rogue Valley’s company brand.

Naumes has been collecting pear box labels for most of her adult life, and each tells the story of a Rogue Valley grower, packer or shipper. Her collection is brilliant, graphically compelling and a fascinating insight into the politics and power struggles that began at the turn of the century. She’s found labels in burned out buildings, old warehouses, on eBay, at shows and in thrift shops. Her collection is extraordinary in its comprehensiveness and beauty, and Naumes knows the story behind every label.

Thanks to a 2017 Library Services and Technology Act grant to Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library, Naumes’ pear box labels are being digitized and will made available through the Southern Oregon Digital Archives (SODA) in the Stories of Southern Oregon collection.

Naumes’ grandparents, John Peter and Dillie Naumes, settled in the Rogue Valley in 1929 and helped start the Associated Fruit Co. and began an agricultural enterprise that would become one of the largest in Southern Oregon. Naumes, Inc. was established in 1946 as the Nye & Naumes Packing House by Naumes’ father, William Joseph “Joe” Naumes Jr. and Stephen G. Nye Jr. selling product under the NANPAK label at 619 South Grape Street in Medford, Oregon. It was the first ground level fruit packing plant in the northwest setting a new efficiency standard in fruit packing house design. David Lawry bought up Associated Fruit in 1950 and in the mid-late 1960s Joe Naumes bought out Nye’s interest. In the 1970s, Joe Naumes’ children, Mike and Sue Naumes, returned to help manage the company.

Joe Naumes died on July 4, 1989. At the time of his death, the Naumes family owned 7,000 acres of fruit and nut trees in Washington, Oregon and California and was said to be the largest producer of Bosc pears in the world. Today, Mike Naumes, Laura Ernest Naumes and their children, Joe, Cynthia and Sean manage the family enterprise.

Hannon Library’s Southern Oregon Digital Archives display 18 collections that present a rich set of images, text and video on topics that range from locally discovered Chinese material culture, butterflies, First Nations, musical instruments, wine, agriculture and more. The Southern Oregon Digital Archives can be accessed at http://soda.sou.edu.

For more information on the Feb. 1, 2018 program at Hannon Library or the Southern Oregon Digital Archives, call 541-552-6442. If you disability accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Disability Resources at 541-552-6213 or dss@sou.edu.

 

Whether you are trying to publish a few poems or an entire book, this one-hour presentation by Amy Miller will provide you with the tips, resources, and tough-love advice you need. Don’t miss this free event on October 16, 4-5 pm in the library’s Meese Room (LIB 305).

With so many ways to get published these days—print, online, journals, blogs, traditional and self-publishing—it’s easy to get overwhelmed when deciding where to send your poetry. Amy Miller, a longtime book editor, can help guide your way. Miller’s poetry has appeared in more than 100 literary journals, numerous anthologies, and 11 chapbooks. She won the Cultural Center of Cape Cod National Poetry Competition, as well as the Jack Grapes Poetry Prize and Whiskey Island Award. Miller currently works as the publications project manager for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

As part of the Friends of Hannon Library Speaker Series, this event is event is free and open to the public. Attendees can get free campus parking for this event by visiting any campus parking meter and using this code: FHL1016. For more information, contact Hannon Library at libraryevents@sou.edu or 541-552-6816.