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The Southern Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce a series of free monthly historical pub talks to be held upstairs at the 4 Daughters Irish Pub, 126 West Main Street in Medford. Talks will be held the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., with the first talk offered November 6. Talks will last approximately an hour, with ample time for questions and discussion afterwards. Drinks and limited food service will be available.
First Talk – Tuesday, November 6


The first talk is "Landscapes of War: The Mythology and Archaeology of the Rogue River War of Southern Oregon,” presented by local archaeologist Mark Tveskov. Mark will discuss recent discoveries concerning the Rogue River Indian Wars of the 1850s. Mark lives in Medford, and is a Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology in Ashland.  He has conducted research in New England, Iceland, Alaska, and the Channel Islands of southern California, but has dedicated over 20 years to the archaeology, history, and historical memory of Southern Oregon. He is a member of the Governor's State Advisory Committee for Historic Preservation (SACHP) and a co-host of Underground History on Jefferson Public Radio's Jefferson Exchange.
Southern Oregon was settled by Americans in the violence of the Gold Rush and the Rogue River War, and the legacy of those days remains with us in stories, places of significance, and oral history. Mark has conducted archaeological research at many sites associated with this conflict, including the Nasomah communities of the Coquille People that were destroyed by settlers in 1851 and again in 1854; the site of the 1852 wreck of the army transport schooner Captain Lincoln on Coos Bay; the U.S. Army's Fort Lane in Central Point, where soldiers guarded the short-lived Table Rock Indian Reservation;  the settler homesteads of the Geisel and Harris families that were attacked during the war of 1855-56; and the sites of the Battle of Hungry Hill and the Battle of Big Bend, the two largest battles fought between the U.S. Army and the Shasta, Takelma, and Tututni people.  In unexpected ways, this research expands upon and challenges long-held stories about the Rogue River War and the early history of the Oregon Territory.
Second Talk – Tuesday, December 4
Chelsea Rose presents the second talk in the series December 4 at the 4 Daughters Irish Pub, "They came at first silently and labored quietly: The History and Archaeology of Southern Oregon's earliest Chinese Residents." Chelsea is an historical archaeologist with Southern Oregon University and co-host of Underground History on the Jefferson Exchange. She has been digging up the history of the region for more than a decade, with a focus on uncovering clues about the settlement and development of the American West.
Southern Oregon was once home to thousands of Chinese immigrants. This talk will discuss the journey from Southern China to Southern Oregon and the experiences, opportunities, and contributions of the Rogue Valley's early Chinese population.

If you have questions or would like to arrange an interview, please contact Ben Truwe 
at 541-773-8369, or

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