OHC's Chautauqua to focus on presidential leadership
Oswego Heritage Council will host its Chautauqua on First Wednesday, Nov. 6 starting at 7 p.m. at Oswego Heritage House and Museum, 398 10th St. in Lake Oswego. Guest speaker Stephen Dow Beckham will present a lecture on Theodore Roosevelt: A Model for Presidential Leadership. The program is free and open to the public.
"I have served on the board of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library," says Beckham. "I was in meetings last week in Roosevelt National Park, Medora, North Dakota, site of the projected library and museum. I have worked with Gallagher & Associates of Silver Springs, Maryland to develop the Master Interpretive Plan for the forthcoming $150 million facility. In light of the pending impeachment inquiry, the role of the presidency is much in the minds of Americans."
Beckham taught college students for 42 years, retiring in 2011 as the Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Professor of History after 34 years at Lewis and Clark College. He came to Lewis and Clark in 1977 to help the college build a curriculum on its name and location. In addition to American history, he taught many courses on the history of the Pacific Northwest. Honored as Oregon Professor of the Year in 1994, the following year he received the Asher Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Historical Association.
He and his wife, Patti, have lived in Lake Oswego for the past 40 years. They have two children, both graduates of Lewis and Clark, and six grandchildren.
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