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Lincoln and Oregon

Abraham Lincoln with map of Oregon state in background

History Pub presents “Lincoln and Oregon: A Cross-Continental Story” with Richard Etulain

Monday, October 14, 2019
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00)
Viking Braggot Southtowne Pub
2490 Willamette Street

This talk is open to the public. Beer, wine and food will be available. Cosponsored by the UO Department of History and the Lane County History Musuem.

Lincoln and Oregon

This slide-illustrated presentation captures the connections between President Abraham Lincoln and the new state of Oregon. Those Lincoln links include several of his Illinois friends who had moved to Oregon. In addition, Lincoln’s strong support for homesteads, railroads, and education markedly influenced life in Oregon. The president’s political connections with Oregon also helped to shape the state’s politics, especially in the rise of the Republican Party and the elections of 1860 and 1864. Altogether, this is a cross-continental historical story that needs to be more widely known.

Meet the Speaker

photo of Richard Etulain

Richard Etulain is professor emeritus of history (University of New Mexico) and the author of 50 books, including Lincoln and Oregon Country Politics in the Civil War Era (Oregon State University Press, 2013). Etulain, the son of a Basque immigrant livestockman and a sod house frontier mother, was raised on a sheep ranch in eastern Washington. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a his master’s in American literature degree and a Phd in American history and literature. Learn more about Richard Etulain at his website,