Medford, Oregon (January 29, 2024) – William Green T’Vault has been celebrated for his accomplishments: Oregon’s first newspaper editor, the first Postmaster General of the Oregon Territory, Jacksonville’s first newspaper editor and publisher, and the first Speaker of the House in the first Oregon State Legislature. Join Carolyn Kingsnorth as she traces T’Vault through legal and political careers in Indiana, Arkansas, and Oregon from 12:00-1:00 PM at the Medford Library and online on February 7. The discussion will also take place again the following Wednesday, February 14, from 12:00-1:00 PM at the Ashland Library.

Kingsnorth will also explain how T’Vault (or Tevault or Teevault) was also a first-rate scallywag, reinventing himself whenever his past came close to catching up with him. Kingsnorth is President of Historic Jacksonville, Inc. and Vice President of the Southern Oregon Historical Society. She has served as a state-level spokesperson for adult literacy programs, worked as a researcher for discrepancies between business needs and educational offerings for Los Angeles County, and has been an editor and publisher of the Jacksonville Review. Today, she contributes history-themed articles to local publications and creates live and virtual tours for Historic Jacksonville, Inc.

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. Programs are presented in Medford (first Wednesdays, in-person and online) and again in Ashland (second Wednesdays, in-person). Recordings of Medford presentations are available on the JCLS Beyond YouTube channel.