august, 2017

thu17aug5:30 pm7:00 pmHistory in the News: Can History Prepare us for the Unexpected?Earthquakes, Eclipses, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes: Can History Prepare us for the Unexpected? 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Willamette Heritage Center


Event Details

Social media experts forecast that the total solar eclipse of August 21 will be “the most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history,” while highway authorities predict that the days surrounding the eclipse could see the greatest temporary mass migration of humans to see a natural event in U.S. history. Oregonians are steeling themselves for the arrival of perhaps a million visitors, and attendant stresses on highway, sanitation, and cell phone systems; the Governor has even called out the National Guard in advance to handle crowds, traffic, and fires.

This History in the News panel considers the eclipse and other monumental natural phenomena such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis, in social and historical perspective. How did people in our region anticipate and respond to such cataclysmic or cosmic events in the past? Did such events have long term effects on lives and landscapes here? How have they been incorporated into the cultural memories and historical narratives of diverse communities? Does history offer us lessons on how to predict, and prepare for such occurrences?

Join us on Thursday, August 17th at 5:30 pm in the Dye House to partake in the discussion. Admission is free and open to the public. Food and drink will be available for purchase from Taproot Lounge & Cafe. History in the News is made possible by a grant from Oregon Humanities, a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program. The program is sponsored by KMUZ 88.5 FM, and is presented in partnership with Salem City Club.


(Thursday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Willamette Heritage Center