“Speaking of History” Lecture Series

“Speaking of History” Lecture Series poster


In 2018, the Society will launch a lecture series entitled Speaking of History. The events will be held at our History Center & Museum located at 40 Wilbur Street in Lake Oswego. The series is scheduled on the third Monday of February, March, and April at 7:00.

Seating is limited by the size of the museum and it’s available on a first come, first served basis. Admission is free.

All of the topics in this series will relate to Lake Oswego’s or to Oregon’s history.


February 19, 2018

Our lecture series kicks off with Dr. Tracy Prince, scholar-in-residence at Portland State University. She will speak about her current book, Notable Women of Portland, with an emphasis on the contributions of Oswego women. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase.


March 19, 2018

Marylou Colver, local historian, Society president, and author of Lake Oswego Vignettes, presents Turning Iron Into Gold: Paul C. Murphy as Alchemist. In its 168-year history, Lake Oswego has undergone two major transformations. It was first an iron-manufacturing center and later these industrial lands were converted into high-end residential districts. This presentation explores the second transformation and the man with the vision, Paul C. Murphy. Come and find out what became of the Prosser’s swale, the mine road, the quarry, and much more you may not have known about Lake Oswego.

Lake Oswego Vignettes Book

April 16, 2018
Dr. Susanna Kuo, a scholar who has spent over a decade researching Oswego’s iron industry will share her extensive knowledge with us. Dr. Kuo compiled the Oregon Iron Chronicles, the story of Oregon’s pioneer iron industry in historic newspapers, she has lectured extensively, and has published scholarly articles. Dr. Kuo also curated the History Center & Museum’s current exhibit entitled 1867-2017 Oregon’s Iron Jubilee: Celebrating the First Iron Furnace on the Pacific Coast.