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The Crook County Library invites patrons to explore its Ochoco Local History Collection

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - April WitteveenThis fall saw the return of People From Our Past, a popular living-history program co-sponsored by the A.R. Bowman Museum and the Crook County Library.

In September, area actor Matt Cleman portrayed notorious outlaw Hank Vaughan, and coming up in October, Tiina Allas of the Ochoco Players will bring pioneer teacher and Native American artifacts collector Ada Millican to life. People From Our Past is scheduled for Wednesdays, Oct. 6, 13 and 20, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at the Bowman Museum.

Are you curious about the fascinating history of Crook County? In addition to the exhibits and collections held by the Bowman Museum, you'll want to come explore the Ochoco Local History Collection at the library. Established by former library director Buzzy Nielsen, the materials in this collection span the history, development, geology and Native heritage of "the dry side" of Oregon. Titles from the collection include:

"Vandevert: The Hundred-Year History of a Central Oregon Ranch": The Vandevert Ranch, founded in 1892, predates the separation of Deschutes from Crook County. Co-author Grace Vandevert McNellis was born on the ranch and grew up there during the 1930s and 1940s.

"Oregon's Outback: Tales and Legends from Beyond the High Cascades": Author Russ Baehr captured the voices of 98 early settlers and transformed their oral histories and photographs into this fascinating volume.

"Staking Her Claim: Women Homesteading the West": "The legacy of single women homesteaders is a rich, if well hidden, vein of stories about their lives, stories that must be mined like precious nuggets from the larger vein of the American West's history and literature," says author Marcia Meredith Hensley.

"Stories of Western Loggers" is a 1977 publication from the pen of logger and preacher Ted Goodwin. His various writings reflect the operations and culture of logging in Central Oregon.

"The Rajneesh Chronicles": Editor Win McCormack collected articles from The Oregon Magazine to shape this book. The story of Rajneeshpuram, a city raised from the sagebrush of Oregon's high desert, and its founder Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, was brought to life by the Netflix documentary "Wild Wild Country."

"Wiyá?xay?xt/Wiyáaka?aawn = As Days Go By: Our History, Our Land, and Our People--the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla": This narrative, told from the tribal perspective in tribal voices, is a crucial inclusion in local history collection dedicated to balancing the stories of Western expansion with the experiences of indigenous people who have lived and traveled in the area since time immemorial.

"Remembering the Modoc War: Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence": Boyd Cochran's book gives insight into how war has been memorialized and the effect of negative narratives meant to place sole blame on the Modoc people.

You'll find fictional novels and historical tales from well-known local author Rick Steber as well as the annual anthologies of Scribblers, a local creative writing group. We also collect Crook County Historical Society tour guidebooks and many other locally produced texts. Explore local history at the library, there is so much to learn!


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