Benton County Historical Society and Museum presents “Oregon by Nature”

The Benton County Historical Society and Museum presents its annual Benton Lecture Series beginning on Monday January 14, 2013, with special Monday morning hours for the annual event. The theme for this year’s series is “Oregon by Nature”, complementing the newly-opened museum exhibition in the First Floor Gallery. The Benton Lecture series’ major sponsor is Wild Birds Unlimited of Corvallis, Oregon with addition support from Marek and Lanker, LLC.

This year’s talks begin with author and Eugene Register-Guard journalist, Bob Welch, whose topic is “John Waldo: Father of Oregon’s Wilderness” on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:00 am.

Subsequent speakers include: Courtney Cloyd on Monday January 28, 2013 talking about “The Geology of this Garden of Eden”; Jimmy Taylor, PhD, on Monday, February 4, 2013 lecturing on “Valuing Beavers in the Beaver State”; Eugene public radio personality John Cooney on Monday February 11, 2013 explaining “Evoking ‘The Natural World’ through Radio”; and Connie Graves on Monday, February 25, 2013 demonstrating “Grande Ronde Basketmaking”.

The series is free of charge to members of the Benton County Historical Society and $5 per lecture for non-members. The museum will open at 9:30 am with pre-lecture coffee and refreshments. All lectures begin at 10:00 am. Please call 541-929-6230 or visit www.bentoncountymuseum.org for more information.

The Benton County Historical Museum is located 6 miles west of Corvallis on the westbound couplet of Highway 20/34 in Philomath, Ore. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Admission is free.

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