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Pioneer Problems: The University of Oregon’s First Statue, 100 Years Later

statue dedication ceremony

Join the Lane County History Museum and the University of Oregon Department of History for the next History Pub talk:

“Pioneer Problems: The University of Oregon’s First Statue, 100 Years Later”
presented by Marc Carpenter, PhD Candidate, Department of History

Monday, May 13, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Hop Valley Brewing Co.
(990 W. 1st Avenue)

The Pioneer

This talk unpacks the actions and influences that led to the creation of the statue of “the Pioneer,” unveiled on the University of Oregon campus in May of 1919. Marc Carpenter will discuss history-making in Oregon and the statue’s place within it, the monument’s meanings then and now, and the implications of “the Pioneer” and similar memorials for our communities today.

man looking up at statue

About the Speaker

Marc Carpenter is a PhD candidate studying indigenous and United States history at the University of Oregon. His dissertation explores how the violence of the American conquest of the Northwest was fought over and forgotten in later decades. His first article, “ʻJustice and Fair Play for the American Indian’: Harry Lane, Robert Hamilton, and a Vision of Native American Modernity,” is available in the Spring 2018 issue of the Pacific Historical Review.