Stories of Southern Oregon

Story corps to collect personal histories of southern Oregon

The community is invited to share family histories and stories during the Josephine County Story Days at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Libraries on Thursday, June 15 from 2–7 p.m. Historian Jeff LaLande will present “The History of Logging in Southern Oregon” at 5 p.m. with special guest Jennifer Krauss Phillippi from Rough & Ready Lumber.

During this free program, local archivists from Southern Oregon University will scan photos and record stories in the Ben Bones Room at the library. Community histories will be preserved with Southern Oregon University’s Internet Archives and SOU archivists will advise participants about how to preserve family documents. Rogue Valley Genealogical Society experts will also demonstrate genealogical research.

Stories of Southern Oregon is presented by Southern Oregon University thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Common Heritage Program. The goal of the project is to document the heritage work life and family histories of Southern Oregon and to increase public awareness of local history. Photographs and stories will be shared with the community museum and preserved in SOU’s web-based exhibits, Southern Oregon Digital Archive http://soda.sou.edu.

For more information, contact Maureen Battistella or Vicky Sturtevant at StoriesOfSouthernOregon@gmail.com and 541-552-0743, or visit the Stories of Southern Oregon website.