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by Kyna Moser on 2020-09-18T09:34:41-07:00 in History | Comments

Medford, Oregon (September 18, 2020)—Sue Densmore will present the Windows in Time local history lecture "Oregon Caves: Our Underground Treasure" online on Wednesday, October 7 from 12 noon–1:00 p.m. via the Zoom video conferencing app. All are welcome to attend this free lecture.

Sue Densmore is the Executive Director of the Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau, a non-profit corporation working with the National Park Service (NPS) in the preservation, stewardship, and improvement of the cultural and natural resources of the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve. She will share the history, stories, and information on the Oregon Caves and the Chateau and how it became a National Monument. 

The Chateau is in the process of being restored, and the State of Oregon has provided funding to match the NPS Centennial Funding to re-create the three balconies original to the Chateau. The Monterey furniture collection will soon be under restoration; photography and inventory of each piece is underway. Fun and fabulous new dining room chairs have been created to replace those that went down the canyon in the 1964 flood. Photos of the restoration will be shown throughout Densmore’s presentation.

For over 100 years, visitors from all over the United States and foreign countries have enjoyed the remarkable Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve. Nestled high in the splendor of the botanically rich Siskiyou Mountains, generations of families have returned to enjoy cave tours, hiking, and learning about the rare marble cave geology of the region. The Oregon Caves Chateau, a National Historic Landmark and the primary historic structure in the Monument, is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been welcoming guests for over 85 years. 

Sue Densmore has been the Owner and President of Sue Densmore Communication Strategies since 1996. She was former General Manager of Rogue Waste Systems, Rogue Disposal and Recycling, and Dry Creek Landfill and works as a consultant to a wide range of businesses

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.

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