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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.

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

2020 Topics

January 8/15: Indigenous Burning to Recent Wildfires, What Have We Learned? with Chris Chambers
February 5/12: Southern Oregon University: Its History and Significance with Roy Saigo
March 4/11: Selections from As It Was, Celebrating Women's History Month with Shirley Patton and Amy Blossom
April 1/8: The Old Wood House, 1870: Its History and Conservation with Skip Gear
May 6/13: Scienceworks: How the Rogue Valley Got A World-Class Science Museum with Dan Ruby
June 3/10: The Life of George Wright: Rancher, Philosopher, Friend with Pat Harper
July 1/8: The Emergence of Socialism in the Early 1900s in the Rogue Valley with Jan Wright
August 5/12: Our Search for Historic Markers in Jackson County with Linda and Peter Kreisman
​September 2/9: The Rogue River Wars: New Perspectives with Ben Truwe
​October 7/14: Oregon Caves: Our Underground Treasure with Sue Densmore
November 4/18: History of Bear Creek: From Salmon Stream to Open Sewer and Back Again with Jeff LaLande
December 2/9: Persistence: Chinese Labor and the Southern Oregon Railroads with Larry Mullaly


Circa 1911