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Programs at the Library

A rundown of all the regularly scheduled programs happening at your local libraries

Windows in Time


Get a unique look back through time at local history with the monthly Windows in Time lunchtime lectures, co-sponsored by JCLS and the Southern Oregon Historical Society. We've considered some truly fascinating topics over the years, from social and economic trends to architecture and commerce, as well as the people who have called the Rogue Valley home.

The Windows in Time series is held in the Large Meeting Room of the Medford Library on the first Wednesday of the month, and at the Ashland Library on the second Wednesday of the month, throughout the year. The program is one hour, from 12 noon – 1 p.m. and is led by a variety of guest speakers.

2018 Topics

January 3 & 10: "Getting Oregon Out of the Mud" -Ron Brown
February 7 & 14: "When Timber was King: The Rise and Decline of Southern Oregon's Wood-Products Industry" -Jeff LaLande
March 7 & 14: "Heritage Ranch History: The Charley Brothers" -Patsy Edwards
April 4 & 11: "Goldmines to Woodland Trails: Protecting Historic Jacksonville's Natural Heritage" -Larry Smith
May 2 & 9: "The Civil War (with its Effects) comes to Southern Oregon" -Paul Christy
June 6 & 13: "Gone Beneath the Waters, Lost Creek Lake Villages" -Dennis Ellingson
July 11 & 18: "State of Jefferson 1920s Auto Tour" -Todd Kepple
August 1 & 8: "NewsWatch 5: Rogue Valley TV News from the 1960s" -Ben Truwe
September 5 & 12: "Stories of Southern Oregon: Landscape Changed" -Maureen Battistella
October 3 & 10: "What to do? The 1918 Killer Flu Hits Southern Oregon" -Joe Peterson
November 7 & 14: "Oregon Outcast, John Beeson: Indian Rights Activist" -Jan Wright
December 5 & 12: "Compass, Camera, Castle, Vine: The Legacy of Peter Britt" -Stephanie Butler

2019 Topics

January 2/9: "Discovering Abandoned Cemeteries: Locating Unmarked Graves" with Roger Roberts
February 6/13: "Wilderness Survival, One Hundred Years Ago" with Paul Fattig
March 6/13: "Fire and Flood: Disasters in the Rogue Valley" with Ron Brown
April 3/10: "The Historic Holmes House: From Harry and David to the Present" with Susan Hearn
May 1/8: "Central Point: A Crossroads Through Time" with Alice Mullaly
June 5/12: "A Century of Fellowship: The University Club" with Ron Kramer
July 3/10: "Pears and POWs: New Perspectives" with Lina Cordia
August 7/14: "The Chinook Salmon Migrations to the Upper Klamath River" with John Hamilton
September 4/11: "The Grand Dams of the Upper Rogue" with Dennis Ellingson
October 2/9: "On the Home Front: Southern Oregon's Unique Experience During World War Two" with Jeff LaLande
November 6/13: "The Bounty of the Land: Southern Oregon Agriculture, 1850–1920" with Larry Mullaly
December 4/11: "The Amazing and All-Too Short Career of Sheriff August Singler" with Julie Drengson


Circa 1911