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Authors Kurt Nelson and Steve Lent will be featuring lectures to the public at the Bowman Museum community room

May at the Museum is back, and the free lecture series is co-hosted by Friends of the Crook County Library and the Crook County Historical Society/Bowman Museum.

The two lectures will be held May 5 and May 19 at the Crook County History Center community room. The May 5 lecture will feature The Williamson-Abbot Railway Survey; Science, Soldiers, and Scenery, and be facilitated by author Kurt Nelson. The May 19 lecture will feature Deschutes River Railroad War of 1910, by Steve Lent, historian and author.

Both presentations will be one hour in length, with doors opening each night at 6:15 p.m., and the programs each beginning at 6:30 p.m. Each lecture will also be recorded.

 - Author Kurt Nelson will give a lecture on May 5.May 5 lecture

In 1855, the Williamson-Abbot Railway Survey came through Central Oregon looking for potential routes from the Sacramento Valley in California to the Columbia River in the Oregon Territory. The talk will relate the adventures of the party, with its backdrop of regional tensions.

The author of the May 5 lecture, Kurt Nelson, was born and raised in Oregon. He spent his life in service to his nation in the military, the Peace Corps and in law enforcement as his primary career. His undergraduate degrees in political science and history and his Master of Public Administration degree allowed a second career as an educator in adult education at the college level.

An author of hundreds of magazine articles and three books, Nelson's two books on Pacific Northwest History, "Fighting for Paradise" and "Treaties and Treachery," have been significant contributions to providing a balance to the history of the region.

Nelson lives in Central Oregon where he continues to research the region's history.

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Steve Lent will speak May 19 on the railroad war of 1910.May 19 lecture

Steve Lent will give a visual presentation of the great railroad of 1910 that pitted James J. Hill of the Great Northern Pacific against Edward H. Harriman of the Northern Pacific. The two were bitter rivals and instead of constructing a single railroad to Central Oregon, they undertook a fierce competition to be the first to gain access to the interior of Oregon.

Vintage photos illustrate the construction battle and some of the follies of dual construction coming up both banks of the Deschutes River from the Columbia to Central Oregon. It was a very expensive and environmentally damaging endeavor. The rails reached Bend in 1911 and opened up a new era of commerce for the Central Oregon region.

Steve Lent, who will present the May 19 lecture, is a native of Prineville. He has a keen interest in local history and has avidly researched the past of Central Oregon and re-photographed rare photos for the Bowman Museum. He has published books on "Central Oregon Place Names" and the photographic history of the area. In 2001, he was given a commendation award from the National Association of State and Local History for contributions to local history. He is a member of the Western Writers of America.


The May at the Museum series is free to the public

May 5 will be The Williamson-Abbot Railway Survey; Science, Soldiers, and Scenery by author Kurt Nelson

May 19 will be Deschutes River Railroad War of 1910 by Steve Lent, Historian and Author.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and lectures begin at 6:30 p.m.

Bowman Museum address:

246 N. Main Street

Prineville, OR 97754

For more information, call Sandor Cohen at 541-447-3715

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