Medford, Oregon (March 15, 2021)—Skip Geear, co-founder of the Woodhouse Preservation Group, will present the Windows in Time lecture “The Old Wood House: The History and Conservation of a Regional Icon” on Wednesday, April 7 from 12 Noon–1:00 p.m. via the Zoom video conferencing app. All are welcome to attend this free lecture; registration is required. 

Marvin Sylvester Wood (born in New York in 1836) was a wounded Civil War Veteran; he settled in the Rogue Valley in 1868 and filed a land patent in 1870 to establish a homestead, the Wood House, just north of Eagle Point.  

Skip Geear and his wife Charlotte have been involved with the Wood House since 2000 when they belonged to the Eagle Point Historical Society. While at the Society, Skip was Wood House Chairman in charge of refurbishing and preserving the Wood House. When the Eagle Point Historical Society was dissolved in 2008, Skip and Charlotte, along with their daughter Becky, formed the Woodhouse Preservation Group, a nonprofit organization. The Wood House was conveyed to the Woodhouse Preservation Group by the Eagle Point Historical Society when the Society was officially dissolved. Since then, the Geear family and volunteers have spent thousands of hours working at the Wood House, adding local historical artifacts inside the house and out for the public to view and enjoy. Join us as Skip Geear shares the history and conservation of this regional icon. 

Program registration can be found at A recording of the program will later be made available on the Jackson County Library Services YouTube channel; subscribe at

The monthly Windows in Time lunchtime lectures feature well-known writers and historians, and bring alive the people, values, and events that shaped our Southern Oregon heritage. Lectures are jointly sponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society (SOHS) and Jackson County Library Services. For more information, please contact the Southern Oregon Historical Society at (541) 773-6536 or or Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-8679 or