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"The Life of Vesper Geer" documentary film
For Adults
Date: 11/8/2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Wilsonville Public Library - Oak Room
8200 SW Wilsonville Road
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070

Filmmaker Michael Turner introduces his new documentary: “The Life of Vesper Geer”.

Vesper Geer - geercrestVesper Geer was the 4th-generation owner of the Geer homestead in Salem, the oldest frame-built house in Oregon to remain in the same family. Vesper was born in the kitchen of that old house in 1917, and passed away there on New Year’s Eve, 2010. In those 93 years, the film’s viewers will see the 20th century pass through the photographs, letters, and journals of an ordinary woman who always knew where home was.

Though war and marriage took her far from her childhood home, she returned in 1971 to take over the "old Geer place." Surrounded by history, and with no children of her own, she came to believe that passing on one’s life story is an "obligation - written, narrated around a cozy fireplace on a winter evening, recorded or pictured with subtitles - just don’t take it all to your grave with you. What good is done by taking it with you?" She felt compelled to give roots to those who would come to GeerCrest after her.

Presentation is free, and open to all ages.

"The Life of Vesper Geer" documentary film
Thursday, November 8
6:00-8:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Adult Services Librarian Greg Martin at 503-570-1595 or