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Winter Brown Bags

Presented by the Josephy Library for Western History & Culture

Tuesday, February 19 at Noon – Ralph and his Model T’s

Local engineer and long-time Ford collector Ralph Swinehart will be the Brown Bag program. There are no Model T’s in the exhibit, but Ralph promises pictures, and an interesting account of the early automobile industry from a Ford point of view–from the early 1900s to WW II and the Henry Ford’s Fordson Tractor.

Tuesday, February 26 at noon – The Bookloft’s Mary Swanson on “The Big Read: Ursula and the Tao”

Fishtrap and the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture host a noon Brown Bag presentation as part of The Big Read’s celebration of the classic novel, A Wizard of Earthsea and Ursula Le Guin’s literary legacy.

As a child, Ursula Le Guin was drawn to her father’s 1898 hardcover translation of Lao Tau’s the Tao. “I was lucky to discover him so young, so that I could live with his book my whole life long,” Le Guin recalls. Starting in her twenties, Ursula Le Guin began her own “lyrical interpretation” which she completed in her sixties. The Bookloft’s Mary Swanson leads a conversation exploring why Le Guin’s translation resonates with so many. “I am drawn to Le Guin’s interpretation because it presents “The Way” accessibly, to anyone,” says Swanson. “Not being an expert on either Le Guin or the Tao, my presentation will be a book report of sorts. I will talk about her reasons for writing it, and read some selections that illustrate her way of showing the depth, kindness, and humor of Lao Tau’s writing, and her own.”

This Big Read presentation is one of six weeks of events surrounding the novel, A Wizard of Earthsea and Ursula K. Le Guin. Other Big Read events include a movie night featuring the Disney film, Brave, special guests, and a Wizard’s Feast and World Building Finale on March 19. All events are free and open to the public. Go to for the full schedule.

Tuesday, March 12 at NoonSusan Roberts, the current Wallowa County Commissioner

Susan grew up and went to school in Minam and Wallowa, served in the US Marine Corps, and has been active in community affairs and local and statewide politics most of her adult life. She was the long-serving Mayor of Enterprise, and President of the League of Oregon Cities before she successfully ran for County Commissioner in 2008.

March is “Women’s Month” at the Josephy Center, and 2019 is an even 100 years after Congress passes the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote (ratification came in 1920). Most Oregon women actually got the vote in 1912–after six legislative tries! Oregon was out in front then, as Susan was out there long before the current crop of women governors and state and federal legislators began grabbing headlines.

All Brown Bag presentations are free and open to the public.

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