Oregon’s Statehood Bid Is Focus of Feb. 15 Talk

“Coming Apart at the Seams: How Statehood for Oregon figured into the National Debate Over Slavery” will be the topic for a program on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the Beaverton City Library auditorium.

Tom Marsh, author, former history teacher and state legislator, will offer a look behind the scenes at how the conflicts over slavery at the national level affected our bid for statehood. The program is sponsored by New Friends of the Beaverton City Library to celebrate Oregon’s 155th birthday. The talk will be followed by refreshments — birthday cake and coffee — and a book signing. Copies of “To the Promised Land: A History of Government and Politics in Oregon,” by Tom Marsh, will be available for purchase and signing. The talk is free and open to the public.

A selection of Oregon history books will be featured at The Book Corner, the Friends’ used bookstore at the corner of S.W. Fifth and Washington, on Friday, Feb. 14 (statehood anniversary) and Saturday, Feb. 15. Beaverton’s main library will also feature a selection of books about Oregon for the event. 

For more information please contact Sharon Van Buren or Sam Sofaer at The Book Corner, 503-643-5188. Bookstore hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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