Bill Lang is guest speaker

   The Jefferson County Historical Society will hold its annual dinner on Saturday, April 13, at the Jefferson County Senior Center in Madras, 860 S.W. Madison St.
   The evening, open to the general public, will begin with a social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a hearty roast beef dinner with all the traditional trimmings.
   Tickets cost $40 per guest, and can be reserved by sending a check to: Jefferson County Historical Society, P.O. Box 647, Madras, OR 97741, by Tuesday, April 9.
   Reservation packets will be held for people at the dinner. For further information, call 541-475-7488 or 541-475-5390.
   There will be brief reports on the society's activities in 2012-13 and progress on relocating the museum to Westside Community Center, and a presentation of the 2013 "Beth Crow Award" for local history.
   The evening's featured speaker will be William Lang, professor emeritus of history at Portland State University, who will talk about "What Was the Fight Over Pelton Dam All About?"
   Lang is the founding editor of the Oregon Encyclopedia, and the director of the Center for Columbia River History.
   His research and writing has focused on Northwest and Oregon history. His books include: "Great River of the West," and "Confederacy of Ambition: William Winlock Miller and the Making of Washington Territory."
   His current book project (which has involved research in the Howard Turner Papers in the JCHS archives) focuses on the contentious history of the licensing of the Pelton and Round Butte dams in the 1940s and 1950s.
   The dinner will also feature displays relating to the "Dam Era" in Jefferson County, and as usual there will be opportunities to purchase books on local history and make advance reservations on the historical society's popular guided historical tours to local sites.
   Guests can try their luck with the 50/50 JCHS Fundraiser, with the winner taking half the pot. Music for the dinner will be provided by the Steve Fisher Trio.
   "Please join us April 14 with your families and friends for a memorable evening, and help the historical society to continue serving the cause of our shared local history," said JCHS President Jerry Ramsey, extending an invitation to everyone.

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