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Simon Benson: NW Lumber King, Civic Leader, and Visionary
Adult Services
Date: 11/15/2012 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Wilsonville Public Library - Oak Room
8200 SW Wilsonville Road
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070

Dewey Talks are free public lectures on a variety of topics, sponsored by the Library. The Talks are facilitated by local experts and based upon the Library’s Dewey Decimal System. Many talks involve films available in the LINCC online catalog.

All talks are free to the public.

simon benson - wiki"Simon Benson: Northwest Lumber King, Civic Leader, and Visionary" with Sig Unander
Thursday, November 15
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Oak Room 

Multnomah Falls. Portland’s iconic “bubbler” fountains. The Benson Hotel. These priceless public assets exemplify the dedication and generosity of lumber king Simon Benson. But who was Simon Benson, and how did he leave such a mark on the Oregon landscape?

Local author, filmmaker, and historian Sig Unander is a fourth-generation Oregonian. He began his career in broadcast and print journalism in New Mexico, Minnesota, Georgia, and Oregon. His 2006 film The Forgotten Eagles documents the history of the Mexican Expeditionary Air Force, an elite unit that participated with the US Army Air Force in the liberation of the Philippine Islands in World War II. He is currently working on a documentary film about Claire Phillips Snyder, an actress, author and activist who received the United States’ highest civilian decoration – the Medal of Freedom – for her espionage and humanitarian activities in the Philippines during the Second World War.

For more information about this free community event, please contact John Smith at 503-682-2744 or smith@wilsonvillelibrary.org.