The free Saunders Memorial Lecture Series, co-hosted by Friends of the Crook County Library and the Crook County Historical Society/Bowman Museum, continues in the month of October.
The series will include two Oregon storytellers, complete with folklore and history. Lovers of literature and history are encouraged to attend both lectures, which are offered on Thursday, Oct. 7 and Thursday, Oct. 28.
On Oct. 7, Kerry Tymchuk will present "Oregon History Show and Tell." Tymchuk is the executive director of the Oregon Historical Society.
He will be sharing some of his favorite stories and some of Oregon's most iconic historical artifacts. Founded in 1989, the Oregon Historical Society includes a world-class museum and research library. It is the designated steward of Oregon's history.
Tymchuk is a 1981 graduate of Willamette University and a 1984 graduate of Willamette University College of Law. Prior to assuming the helm at OHS in April 2011, he earned a bi-partisan reputation as one of Oregon's most respected public servants. Tymchuk's career included service as a Marion County deputy district attorney, director of speechwriting to U.S. Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole, director of speechwriting and legal counsel to U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, and Oregon chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith.
A four-time champion of the popular television game show "Jeopardy," Tymchuk is active in the community, serving on a number of boards, including the board of trustees of AAA Oregon-Idaho, the Regence Oregon Advisory Board, and the Tournament Golf Foundation. He and his wife, Becky, reside in Beaverton and are the parents of two children.
Actor, folklorist, storyteller and Oregon native Alastair Morley Jaques takes to the stage on Oct. 28 with a performance of the classic American tale, Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Families, lovers of literature, and anyone who just likes a good, fun, scare are invited to share in the telling of the timeless story of Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman, and all the other ghosties, ghoulies, sprites and spirits for an old-fashioned harvest time haunting.
Alastair Morley Jaques studied American literature and theater arts at the University of Oregon and the Evergreen State College. An actor and voice artist for over 20 years, he has appeared on stages in Oregon, Washington and all along the West Coast, most notably as Edgar Allan Poe, in addition to numerous television and radio appearances.
Free Saunders Memorial Lecture Series
Where: Bowman Museum
246 N. Main St.
Contact person: Sandy Cohen, 541-447-3715
Doors open at 6 p.m., program is at 6:30 p.m., 1 hour length
Thursday, Oct. 7
"Oregon History Show and Tell"
By Kerry Tymchuk, executive director of the Oregon Historical Society
Thursday, Oct. 28
"Washington Irving's 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'"
By Alastair Morley Jaques, actor, folklorist, storyteller and Oregon native
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