Lecture     Series: Experience Oregon

Rethinking Oregon Settlement

Free and open to the public

Sunday, October 13, 2019
2PM – 3:30PM

  • Free
  • Teachers
  • Researchers

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: LectureAudience(s): Teachers, ResearchersLocation: Portland

Please join scholars Dr. Katy Barber and Dr. Melinda Marie Jetté for two presentations that will encourage attendees to consider the complexities surrounding the settlement of Oregon. This program will be recorded and posted to the OHS website

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

Oregon & the ‘Rise of the Anglo World’

Presented by Dr. Katy Barber  

The westward migration of thousands of Americans in the nineteenth century was part of a much larger mass movement of people across the globe between roughly 1815 and the close of the nineteenth century,  what historian James Belich calls “the rise of the Anglo world.” This presentation will strip the Oregon narrative of any remaining residue of exceptionalism to consider how it fits into a global discussion of the movements of permanent settlers and laboring classes and the factors —improvements in transportation, rise of mass literacy, wars against and removals of Indigenous people, among others —that made possible their migration.

Katy Barber is a professor of history at Portland State University where she teaches courses in Pacific Northwest history, western history, and public history. Her books include Death of Celilo Falls (2005), In Defense of Wyam: Native-White Alliances and the Struggle for Celilo Village (2018), and Nature’s Northwest: The North Pacific Slope in the 20th Century (2011, with William Robbins).

Dr. Katy Barber

The Settlement of the Willamette Valley in Global Context, 1800–1870

Presented by Dr. Melinda Marie Jetté 

During the nineteenth century, historians and Oregon Trail pioneers crafted a popular story of Oregon’s founding that emphasized the exploits and accomplishments of Anglo-American settlers. In recent years, Native peoples, scholars, and writers have re-examined this powerful mythology to create a more complex and multi-faceted history of the Pacific Northwest. The story of the settlement of the Willamette Valley, the destination of choice for many Oregon Trail pioneers, is particularly compelling, as it was one of the earliest sites of intercultural contact among the Indigenous groups, fur traders, and Euro-American settlers.

Melinda Marie Jetté is a native Oregonian and a descendant of the French Canadian and Native women who settled in the Willamette Valley in the mid-1800s. She is Professor of history at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire and the author of At the Hearth of the Crossed Races: A French-Indian Community in Nineteenth-Century Oregon, 1812-1859 (Oregon State University Press, 2015).

Melinda Marie Jetté, Ph.D

“Valley of the Willamette River,” lithograph from Warre, Henry J. Sketches in North America and the Oregon Country. London: Dickinson & Co., 1848. OHS Research Library, OrHi 49030, bb016736

“Valley of the Willamette River,” lithograph from Warre, Henry J. Sketches in North America and the Oregon Country. London: Dickinson & Co., 1848. 

OHS Research Library, OrHi 49030, bb016736

Read more on the Oregon History Project.

“Costume of a Callapuya Indian,” 1845, lithograph from Wilkes, Charles W.. Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition during the Years 1838, 1840, 1841, 1842. Vo. 5. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1845. OHS Research Library, OrHi 104921

“Costume of a Callapuya Indian,” 1845, lithograph from Wilkes, Charles W. Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition during the Years 1838, 1840, 1841, 1842. Vo. 5. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1845. 

OHS Research Library, OrHi 104921

Read more on the Oregon History Project.

“Mission St. Paul à Wallamet,” lithograph from De Smet, Pierre-Jean. Oregon Missions and Travels over the Rocky Mountains in 1845-46. New York: E. Dunigan, 1847. OHS Research Library, OrHi 104933

“Mission St. Paul à Wallamet,” lithograph from De Smet, Pierre-Jean. Oregon Missions and Travels over the Rocky Mountains in 1845-46. New York: E. Dunigan, 1847. 

OHS Research Library, OrHi 104933

Read more on the Oregon Encyclopedia.

“The American Village (Oregon City),” lithograph from Warre, Henry J. Sketches in North America and the Oregon Country. London: Dickinson & Co., 1848. OHS Research Library, OrHi 49029

“The American Village (Oregon City),” lithograph from Warre, Henry J. Sketches in North America and the Oregon Country. London: Dickinson & Co., 1848.

OHS Research Library, OrHi 49029

Read more on the Oregon History Project.

Experience Oregon Series

Please join us for free public lectures and discussions that dive deeper into significant themes from the vast history introduced in Experience Oregon. Through these talks, academic and community scholars will offer audiences new ways of understanding the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon. All programs will be recorded and made available on ohs.org and on our YouTube channel.