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History Forum explores ‘Becoming Oregon’

Robert Hamm, above, will draw from his extensive collection of historic newspapers during this Saturday’s History Forum at the Original Wasco County Courthouse. Below, the presentation will follow the outline of his most recent book, “Becoming Oregon.”


Robert Hamm, above, will draw from his extensive collection of historic newspapers during this Saturday’s History Forum at the Original Wasco County Courthouse. Below, the presentation will follow the outline of his most recent book, “Becoming Oregon.”



West Linn educator Robert Hamm traces Oregon’s formative years at the Original Courthouse, 410 W. 2nd Place in The Dalles Saturday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m.

Hamm will begin with the Lewis and Clark expedition (1804-’06), moving forward through time.

He will consider to contemporary newspaper reports, like the old maps, containing more misinformation than fact, that Hamm shared in a previous forum.

Oregon was finally getting some good national press by 1905, the year of the Lewis and Clark Exposition.

Hamm’s book, and Saturday’s PowerPoint presentation draw upon his extensive collection of historic newspapers.

It is third in the 2016 Regional History Forum series that takes place Saturdays throughout February at the museum courthouse.

There is a TV monitor on the ground floor of the 1859 courthouse to serve those unable to climb the stairs.

Coffee and cookies will be served.



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