history

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Henrietta Bingham is not a household name today, but she was quite a sensation 80 years ago. 

She was the daughter of a wealthy newspaper publisher, a bisexual, and the lover of both actor John Houseman and tennis champion Helen Hull Jacobs.

The story of her fascinating life is told by her great-niece, Emily Bingham, in the book Irrepressible

The People Who Preserve The Past

Apr 7, 2015
yrekahistory.blogspot.com

Preserving the past takes a lot of work in the present.

Just ask the people who work in museums, historical societies, and libraries.

They'll get a chance to ask each other for ideas at the Oregon Heritage Conference coming up later this month on the coast.

Count on Kyle Jansson being there from the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Has it really been 30 years since Amadeus won 8 Oscars? How time flies. But I always thought Salieri was getting a bad rap. I should've known it had something to do with Pushkin. This story from the BBC has some great Mozart/Salieri nuggets!

A People's History Of The Peculiar

Jun 18, 2014
Viva Editions

Thomas Jefferson and Christopher Columbus both make appearances in a new book, but not in the manner you might expect. 

It turns out Jefferson's grandson was an axe murderer, and history really has little record of Columbus. 

That's what Nick Belardes tells us in his book A People's History of the Peculiar. 

Cokie Roberts And The Founding Mothers

Mar 20, 2014
NPR

The term "founding fathers" rolls off the tongue pretty easily in our country.

Franklin, Washington, Jefferson… we can all name some of the men who helped found the republic. 

But women played a role, too, despite the very different gender relations of the 18th century. 

Stories Of Regional History--On Disc

Mar 18, 2014
Wikimedia

Ashland author Dennis Powers spent his college years learning the law and business. 

But he always relished a good story from history.  So he decided to start writing his own books about regional history. 

Far Out: Historical Society Relives The 1960s

Feb 28, 2014
Wikimedia

Break out the tie-dye, man.  It's the 60s again at the Southern Oregon Historical Society. 

SOHS is assembling a display called "Far Out: Southern Oregon in the 1960s," coming to the Woolworth Building in down Medford beginning in late March.

Tragedy At Tunnel 13 Revisited

Oct 10, 2013
History Press West

It can't really be called "the last great train robbery," because it was a failure as a robbery. 

But the DeAutremont brothers (Ray, Roy and Hugh) made history when they stopped a Southern Pacific passenger train in the Siskiyou Mountains and killed four crews members back in 1923. 

Oregon's Dark Secret: Legal Slavery

Sep 24, 2013
R. Gregory Nokes

We all know the story of pre-Civil War America: there were slave states and free states.

But the line between them got a lot blurrier in the newer territories, including Oregon.

Keeping Yreka's Past Safe For The Future

Sep 9, 2013
yrekahistory.blogspot.com

There's a lot of history in our region, and a lot of reminders of it--some of those in pretty rough shape from the passage of time.  And there's often more enthusiasm than money available for restoring historic sites.  The Yreka Historic Preservation Corporation works to preserve pieces of the past in its city, including a historic church given to the corporation a few years ago.