History Pub

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

Join us the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Wilsonville McMenamins’ Old Church for an engaging evening of Oregon history. The admission is free. Minors must be accompanied by parent. Doors open at 5:30 PM.

McMenamins' Old Church is located in the Fred Meyer Shopping Center at 30340 SW Boones Ferry Road.

Upcoming Events:

August 30

"Ramona Was Here: Finding Beverly Cleary's 1920's Oregon" with author Laura O. Foster
Tuesday, August 30
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The Old Church at Wilsonville McMenamins

Born in 1916 as a proud descendent of Oregon Trail pioneers, Beverly Bunn Cleary grew up in Yamhill and Portland. As a third grader at Portland's Gregory Heights School, she earned her first writing credit, with a book review of The Story of Doctor Doolittle for the Oregon Journal. At age 34, with her first book, Henry Huggins, she became a best-selling author. Later, her two autobiographies offered a rare, girl's-eye view of Depression-era Portland. Today at age 100, Beverly lives in Carmel, California and has sold over 90 million books, many based on vividly told stories about her Oregon childhood.

Join guidebook author Laura O. Foster for a tour of Beverly's Oregon, from an era long before Portland was anyone's idea of a vacation destination. With images and stories from her new guidebook, Walking with Ramona, Laura will lead you on a virtual tour of our state as Beverly saw it and as it is today.

September 27

"Will Write for Food: The Federal Writers' Project During the Great Depression" with librarian Nate Pedersen
Tuesday, September 27
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The Old Church at Wilsonville McMenamins

Created in 1935 as part of the Works Progress Administration, the Federal Writers' Project provided employment for historians, teachers, writers, librarians and other white-collar workers. Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Saul Bellow and John Cheever all participated in the program.

Nate Pedersen is a Community Librarian with Deschutes Public Library and Board President with the Deschutes County Historical Society.