Lecture, Film Showing     Series: History Pub

The Making of “The General”—Buster Keaton’s Masterpiece

Free and open to the public

Monday, January 27, 2020
7PM – 8:30PM

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers

McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97211
Get Directions

Event Type: Lecture, Film ShowingAudience(s): Family-friendly, Researchers, TeachersLocation: Portland

In the summer of 1926, one of the greatest silent films of all time, Buster Keaton’s The General, was made on location in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Oregon Encyclopedia author and the former State Librarian of Oregon, Jim Scheppke, will introduce the film and describe the filmmaking process, including the famous train wreck scene — the most expensive scene in the history of silent film. After Jim’s introduction of the film, there will be a screening of the movie in its entirety, followed by Q&A.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

Jim Scheppke served as the eighth State Librarian of Oregon from 1991 to 2011. He came to the Oregon State Library in 1986 from Texas to head the Library Development Services division. Before that, he worked at the Texas State Library and the West Texas Library System. Prior to becoming a librarian, he worked as an independent bookseller. Scheppke has served as president of the Oregon Library Association and of the Western Council of State Libraries, and has written numerous articles for professional library publications. He earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently holds leadership positions in a number of organizations including Progressive Salem, the Oregon Encyclopedia, the Willamette Valley Mushroom Society, and the South Central Association of Neighbors.

Jim Scheppke. Special to the Statesman Journal.

About History Pub

Join us for beer and history, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local or regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.

Organized in Partnership With