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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.
"Abraham Lincoln and the Oregon Country" with Richard W. Etulain
Tuesday, July 30
The Old Church at Wilsonville McMenamins
Oregonians of the Civil War Era, by and large, strongly aligned themselves with Abraham Lincoln on various political issues—Indian relations, military policies, civil and legal rights, and North-South ideological conflicts.
Etulain, in his latest book, refutes the argument that Pacific Northwest residents were mere “spectators of disunion,” revealing instead that men and women of the Oregon Country were personally and emotionally involved in the controversial ideas and events that inflamed the United States during the fractious era.
Richard W. Etulain
specializes in the history and cultures of the American West and on the life of Abraham Lincoln. Most of his 50 books and hundreds of essays and reviews deal with the West, but recently he has devoted increasing attention to Lincoln's links with the American West, with such works as Beyond the Missouri: The Story of the American West (2006), Lincoln Looks West (editor, 2010); and Lincoln and the Oregon Country Politics in the Civil War Era (2013)
From 1979 to 2001, Etulain was a professor of history and director of the Center for the American West at the University of New Mexico. He now is a full-time researcher and writer residing in Portland, Oregon.
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