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Should Lane County Change Its Name?

View recording of this talk on YouTube: Lane County History Museum

History Pub returns this month with a panel discussion event, cosponsored by Lane County History Museum, University of Oregon’s Department of History, and Viking Braggot Company. Recent months have seen the growing debate about whether or not Lane County should be renamed in response to concerns about racist history. In this event, six guest speakers bring multiple perspectives to the question.

Monday, September 14, 2020
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Live via Zoom (RSVP only)

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Guest Panel

Pete Sorenson, an attorney, has been a Lane County Commissioner since 1997. Prior to that, he represented the 20th District in the Oregon Legislature, 1993-1997.

Marc Carpenter is a Ph.D. candidate in the UO Department of History. studying indigenous and U.S. history. His dissertation explores how the violence of the American conquest of the Northwest was fought over and forgotten in later decades. He has also written about Harry Lane, Joseph Lane’s son.

Eric Richardson is the Executive Director and former President of the Eugene Springfield NAACP. He is also a jazz musician, who plays bass, and a board member of the Jazz Station.

R. Gregory Nokes is an Oregon historian and the author of The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett: Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California; Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory; and Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hell’s Canyon.

Esther Stutzman is a Kalapuya and Coos elder and citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. She is a traditional storyteller and history keeper and chair of the Komemma Cultural Protection Association.

Shannon Applegate is an Oregon historian and descendant of Charles Applegate, who helped blaze the Oregon Trail. She is the author of Skookum: An Oregon Pioneer Family’s History and Lore, among other books.