As It Was

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Colorful vignettes dedicated to the regional history of Southern Oregon and Northern California. As It Was is an all volunteer effort -- produced by Raymond Scully and narrated by Shirley Patton in partnership with writers from the Southern Oregon Historical Society.

If you have a writing background and would like to submit an As It Was essay for consideration, email your written piece to the Southern Oregon Historical Society at

A collection of As It Was essays is available in a high-quality paperback book at the JPR Store.  Each episode is also available below.



11:11 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Archaeological Dig Verifies Shasta Village in Ashland

As It Was - Episode 2264

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11:08 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Historical Society Discovers Medford's First Promotional Pamphlet

As It Was - Episode 2263

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11:06 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Bear Hunter Discovers Frog Cabin above Applegate River

As It Was - Episode 2262

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10:56 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Strawberry Valley Becomes the Site of Mount Shasta City

As It Was - Episode 2261

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10:54 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Talent Farmers Ate Locally in the 1860s

As It Was - Episode 2260

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10:51 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Medford Offers Mining Classes During The Depression

As It Was - Episode 2259

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10:31 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Historians Track Crater Lake's Mysterious Side

As It Was - Episode 2256

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10:26 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Ashland High Juniors Stink Out Seniors in 1913

Episode 2255

Harold Merrill grew up in Ashland, Ore. Many of his stories are recorded by an oral history transcript at the Southern Oregon Historical Society. One of them is about a high school jinx in 1913.

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