Hidden History is a new monthly lecture series at The History Museum. We'll delve into the less obvious aspects of historical topics, investigate unexpected stories, and discover the myriad ways that we can learn about the past.

APRIL 21     7:00 PM

HIDDEN HISTORY: LOOKING INTO LAUNDRY with Wallace Wenn

Splash into the fascinating history of laundry and the many ways it can help us to learn about life in the past

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MAY 19    7:00 PM

HIDDEN HISTORY: WOMEN IN THE WEST with Deborah Chenoweth

Why did the western states become the crucible for women’s rights in the US? Between 1840 and 1910 hundreds of thousands of men and women moved to the west, building a new societal structure that redefined women’s roles. By 1914 most western women had the right to vote, a right still denied women in every eastern state. How did the life in the west change the prevailing view that women are frail, not capable of serious thought, kept on a pedestal, to being full partners in the home, in business, and community leadership? Based primarily on the book, New Women in the Old West, by Winifred Gallagher, we will discuss how black, white, Latina, Asian, and Indigenous women became leaders in their communities, states and the nation.

Debby Chenoweth, who was one of the first female federal park rangers in the US, will make the presentation and lead the discussion.

 

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JUNE 16    7:00 PM

HIDDEN HISTORY: THE HOMESTEAD MURDERS with Richard Withers

Late on March 8, 1900, Norman Williams rented a carriage and met two women arriving at the Hood River train station.  He drove them up the Valley and into the darkness. They were never seen again.

The Supreme Court of Oregon decided State v. Williams (April 28, 1905) declaring, in effect, that it was not necessary to produce a body to prove that a murder had been committed. This legal precedent is still cited by courts across the United States more than a century later. Norman Williams was hanged for the murder of Alma Nesbitt on July 26, 1905 - the last person publicly executed in Oregon. The story of the Homestead Murders is much more than an enduring legal precedent: it is a window into the challenges women faced on “the frontier;” an exploration of secrets, lies, forgery, fraud, murder and mystery; and it challenges us to reexamine how we determine truth and what it means to achieve justice. During the presentation you will have an opportunity to meet some fascinating Hood River Valley characters from the turn of the 20th century.

Richard Withers is a retired lawyer and is pleased to revisit and share the hidden history of the "Great Homestead Murders" and to expand upon the Cemetery Tale produced in 2017.

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JULY 21    7:00 PM  

HIDDEN HISTORY: FIBER ARTS with Anna Goodwin

 

Though often disregarded as crafts or women’s work, textiles and other fiber media can tell us much about the people, time and place of their creation. Join Anna Goodwin for an exploration of objects such as quilts, embroidery, and blankets, and discover the secrets that lie woven within.

 

Anna Goodwin, Executive Director of The History Museum of Hood River County, has had an affinity for textiles and fiber arts since she was a child. She has cared for prehistoric and historic textiles from around the world during her career, gathering inspiration and admiration for this art form along the way. Goodwin is also a fiber artist in her spare time, primarily knitting and weaving.

 

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AUGUST 18   

HIDDEN HISTORY: OREGON NISEI VETERANS with Maija Yasui

SEPTEMBER 15

HIDDEN HISTORY: TBA

 

OCTOBER 20

HIDDEN HISTORY: MUSIC IN THE GORGE with Mark Steigner

NOVEMBER 17

HIDDEN HISTORY: CONSPIRACY THEORIES with Jennifer Roberts

DECEMBER 15

HIDDEN HISTORY: VEGETARIAN PIONEERS with Seth Tibbott

Plant based foods are having a bit of a moment now and we have one of the most famous, pioneering brands, Tofurky, right here in Hood River. But plant based foods have been around for thousands of years dating back to the days of Plato and Pythagoras and many tribal cultures around the world. Join Tofurky founder Seth Tibbott for a lighthearted, wild romp through the ups and downs and untold stories of vegetarian pioneers in the USA and beyond. Come learn about a closet vegetarian among the founding fathers of this country, the underappreciated contributions of Native American agriculture, a church with vegan hymns, the creator of a popular cracker still on the market 200 years later, three vegetarian communes including Rajneeshpuram, and more. 

 

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*proof of vaccination required for entry