Portland Oregon, 1934. OrHi 13630.
Oregon Historical Society
This week deals with the electrification of rural areas.
The Lecture by
Professor Wiltse focuses on the building of dams, especially the Fort Peck
and Grand Coulee Dams, how electricity was spread in the rural Northwest,
and the effects of that electrification.
Maps & Cityscapes presents maps
and images of the dams on the Columbia and Upper Missouri Rivers. Tribal
Perspectives includes interviews, images, and text that consider Indian
relationships with rivers, and the results of having those rivers dammed.
In People and the Humanities, we discuss
images and effects of new electrical devices and appliances, the mail-order consumer
boom, impressions of dams by Ivan Doig and Woody Guthrie, public art and the
Bonneville Dam proposal. Research points you towards oral history
projects and their use in the classroom, and, of course, our top reading and