Southern Oregon Public Television will be presenting Southern Oregon History Week, scheduled for April 27 through May 3, 2008. This week-long televised celebration of Oregon’s rich history will include broadcasts of seven different historical programs over seven nights. The presentation will also be supported by "History Minute" short subjects that lead up to and follow Southern Oregon History Week.
Sunday, April 27 at 7:30 PM:
The Mirror of Heaven
The fascinating story of Crater Lake weaves together the chronicles of Native Americans and European settlers with a truly gripping race through the politics of conservation at the turn of the century. Here, the story of Crater Lake is told in crystal-clear, high-definition cinematography moving from local myths to scientific, 3-D animations showing the formation of the lake in all its volcanic glory.
Monday, April 28 at 7:30 PM:
Early settlers coming to Oregon crossed vast plains, foreboding mountains, and hot deserts only to find their biggest challenge — navigating the dangerous Columbia River. Inspired to find an alternative route, immigrants founded the Applegate Trail in 1846. A SOUTH ROAD TO OREGON: The History of the Applegate Trail traces the construction and controversy surrounding this long, treacherous southern branch of the Oregon Trail from Fort Hall, Idaho through parts of Nevada, California, and southern Oregon into the settlements of the lush Willamette Valley.
Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 PM:
A 30 minute travel documentary that features four very different logging museums located within the state of Oregon. It has as its mission "to motivate the people of Oregon to relive the glory days of logging with visits to museums and exhibits around the state."
Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 PM:
CAMP WHITE STORY
Southern Oregon Goes To War
This documentary chronicles the transformation of rural southern Oregon during WWII. At the onset of war in Europe, the need for training facilities was growing rapidly. One of the sites chosen was an area just outside of Medford, Oregon. Combined with a work force and abundant building material the Army Corp of Engineers and local contractors transformed the property into a city of 35,000. The economy boomed and Southern Oregon was changed over night. This program was produced in cooperation with The Camp White Museum.
Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 PM:
Captain John F. Hampshire joined the Flying Tigers as a member of the Untied States Army Air Corps in the fall 1942. He was shot down and killed in China at the age of twenty-four after destroying a record number of enemy aircraft within a few short months. He has been listed as the number two ace in that field. This documentary features Johnny’s life from his boyhood in Grants Pass to his dramatic last air battle. Through his life we are able to see a time in American history as it relates to one brave young man and the community he grew up in.
Friday, May 2 at 7:30 PM:
August 7, 1959: A sleepy town in Oregon is awakened by fire. Spectators are drawn to the center of town not knowing the worst is yet to come. Rescue workers rush to the scene only to be among the first victims of a series of terrible explosions. Before the night is over everything within a 50-block radius of a single explosive-packed truck is in ruins. When the firestorm finally dies down, Roseburg and its citizens are changed forever. An award-winning film.
Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 PM:
Oregon legislator, John Dellenback, made such a powerful impression on other U.S. representatives during his tenure in Washington in the 1960s and ’70s that he came away with the nickname "St. John." Find out what motivated and formed this man of faith and conscience. A complex and inspiring portrait of a legendary man and also of a commitment to living life in service to one’s community.
Douglas County Museum
The purpose of The Douglas County Museum is to "collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit materials related to the history and natural history of Douglas County."The museum facility contains thousands of square feet of exhibit galleries, storage areas, library, photo laboratory, auditorium, gift shop, and research facilities.
The Southern Oregon Historical Society (SOHS)
The Southern Oregon Historical Society and The Jacksonville Museum are headquartered in Jacksonville, Oregon in the former Jackson County Courthouse. In addition to state-of-the-art museum exhibits and educational outreach, SOHS publishes an acclaimed quarterly magazine, Southern Oregon Heritage Today, with in-depth articles focusing on Southern Oregon’s remarkable history. The Southern Oregon Historical Society has partnered with SOPTV over the past decade, specifically in the production of several historical documentaries.
The Klamath Museum
Housed in a former National Guard armory built in 1935, the Klamath County Museum features exhibits on natural history and human history. The museum also houses a large collection of historic photos and public records.
Southern Oregon History Week is endorsed by Oregon 150 who asks you to appreciate the past, celebrate the present, and imagine the future as we approach Oregon’s 150th birthday in 2009. OREGON 150 is a non-profit organization led by motivated citizen volunteers from across the state to inspire people to remember, experience, and celebrate Oregon and, together, create a robust and sustainable future.
SOESD – Creative Services – Same Day Broadcast – 3:30 PM – (Charter Communication’s educational channel).
Southern Oregon ESD Creative Services provides quality programming and presentations via video, graphic artwork, and electronic materials, which inform, educate, motivate, and entertain the students, educators, parents, and public served by the Southern Oregon Education Service District (SOESD). This includes SOESD-TV, a 24 hour cable channel found on Channel 16 Charter Cable, Channel 98 on Ashland Fiber Network, and Channel 17 in Klamath Falls. SOESD serves 13 school districts, over 100 buildings, 3,500 teachers, and 52,000 students in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath Counties.
RVTV – Rogue Valley Community Television – Same Day Broadcast – 5:00 PM (Charter Communication’s public access channel)
Since 1990, RVTV (Rogue Valley Community Television) has served the cable subscribers of Southern Oregon by providing Public, Education, and Government Access cable television programming. Channels are available for viewing via cable TV (9-14-15 Charter Cable and 9-14-15 AshlandTV). Channels are also streamed live over the Internet. Public Access services include access to the RVTV Multimedia Center at SOU. Also, numerous classes in video production, editing, and field producing are held for citizens of Jackson and Josephine counties.
Funding provided in part by the Oregon Heritage Commission (Kyle Jansson, Coordinator).
- Director of Content: Brad Fay
- Producer/Director/Editor: Jessey Riley
- Web Development: Timothy Dungan (aka ptvGuy)
- Graphic Designer: Vickie Killion
- Associate Producer: Christina Rosenthal
- Director of Development: Helena Darling
- Gardner Chappel — Director, Douglas County Museum (Natural & Cultural History)
- Todd Kepple — Manager, Klamath County Museums
- Suzanne M.M. Warner — Curator, Southern Oregon Historical Society
- Stephanie Butler — Education and Programs Coordinator, Southern Oregon Historical Society
- Anna Diehl — Public Affairs Officer, VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center
- Lt. Col. Rob Erickson — Oregon Air National Guard, Kingsley Field
- Jay Matheson — SOESD Coordinator
- Nena Scuderi-Fox — RVTV Coordinator
- Aili Schreiner — Project Manager ,Oregon 150
- Pennie Trumbull — Managing & Marketing Director, Oregon 150
This publication was supported with assistance from the Oregon Heritage Commission and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Points of view are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the State of Oregon.