The free lecture series “The World of Ideas” will be held at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library on Tuesdays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. through the month of July.
On July 12, Ron Lansing will present "The Land, The Law, and Nimrod O'Kelly.” Lansing will tell the story of an 1847 Oregon pioneer, Benton County land claimant and Oregon's first reported murderer. He went to and came down from the gallows three times in the streets of Marysville - now Corvallis - and proceeded to turn himself in to the Portland State Penitentiary.
On July 19, David Lewis will present “Canoe Restoration at the Grand Ronde Reservation,” a presentation on the Grand Ronde Tribe’s restoration of canoes and the ceremony associated with canoes. In March 2011, the tribe installed a Canoe Exhibition at the Mission Mill in Salem that featured a canoe from a cultural site in Tangent, Oregon. Lewis’ presentation will address the cultural restoration process, which the Grand Ronde is engaged in and the recent exhibition.
On July 26, Jon Lewis will present "If History Has Taught Us Anything... Francis Coppola, Paramount Pictures and The Godfather." Lewis’ presentation begins with a study of the film's audacious visual style followed by a discussion of the film's troubled production history and concludes with a long look at the history of gangsters on film and in Hollywood.
This lecture series is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Linn-Benton Community College, the Benton County Historical Museum and John Croy of Edward Jones. For more information, contact the Corvallis library at 541-766-6793.