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History Pub at McMenamins: Pollution in Paradise
Adult Services
Date: 5/28/2013 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Wilsonville McMenamins - Old Church
30340 SW Boones Ferry Road
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070

The Wilsonville Public Library, the Wilsonville/Boones Ferry Historical Society, and McMenamins have teamed up to present monthly programs focusing on Oregon’s
rich history

Join us the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at Wilsonville McMenamins’ Old Church for an engaging evening of Oregon history. Free admission, minors must be accompanied by parent. Doors open at 5:30 PM.

history pub 2013-05 - kgw"Pollution in Paradise: The Documentary that Launched Tom McCall’s Political Career and Oregon’s Modern Environmental Movement" with Dr. William G. Robbins
Tuesday, May 28
6:30-8:00 p.m.
The Old Church at Wilsonville McMenamins

Co-sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society & KGW TV, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Tom McCall’s birth

A screening of the complete, landmark 1962 KGW TV documentary, “Pollution in Paradise” plus a contextual introduction and post-screening Q&A led by William G. Robbins, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History?Oregon State University

KGW TV aired McCall’s famous documentary, Pollution in Paradise, on November 12, 1962, a sharply critical report of the condition of the Willamette. In the film, McCall firmly staked out a moral position in the pollution debate and pushed questions of livability to the forefront of public attention. Pollution in Paradise was a tour de force, pressing home the powerful idea that there was no contradiction between jobs and quality of life in Oregon.
–excerpt from William G. Robbins’ Pollution in Paradise entry to the Oregon Encyclopedia

Dr. William G. Robbins joined the faculty at Oregon State University in 1971, where he has taught courses in the History of the American West and Environmental History. He has authored and edited several books, including Oregon: This Storied Land (2006); Landscapes of Conflict: The Oregon Story, 1940-2000 (2004). His most recent book, Nature's Northwest: The North Pacific Slope in the 29th Century, was coauthored with former OSU student Katrine Barber and was published in the spring of 2011.

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