Labor Arts Forum Symposium
Labor Arts Forum Tour U of O
Proportionate to other states, a significant amount of Oregon New Deal art remains intact––
ranging from works in excellent condition to others sorely needing maintenance and restoration. Unfortunately, too
few people remember its meaning and significance.
Revisiting the artistic production of this era, we create a foundation for understanding and preserving this
powerful, and tangible, record. Examining this critical era in U. S. history will bring new appreciation for this
lasting legacy from our region’s creative past.
Literary Oregon, 100 Books, 1800 - 2000
celebration of the Oregon State Library’s Centennial, the Oregon
Cultural Heritage Commission has chosen 100 books from the years 1800
to 2000 that exemplify the best of Oregon’s rich literary heritage. The
books were featured in an exhibit “Literary Oregon, 100 Books, 1800 –
purpose of the project is to reintroduce Oregonians to our finest
authors and encourage them to read the books on the list. “These
hundred books speak to the quality of our literary community over time,
our rich culture, and the influence of our amazing landscape,” said
Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission President David Milholland. The
list includes novels, poetry, memoirs, literary non-fiction, and
children’s books. Oregon’s best-known authors, including Beverly
Cleary, William Stafford, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Jean Auel, all have
books on the list, in addition to lesser-known authors whose works
deserve to be rediscovered.
hope Oregonians will take this list and head straight to their local
library or bookstore, and start reading,” said State Librarian Jim
Scheppke. “We also hope that we can encourage publishers to reprint
books that have gone out-of-print and are not as easy to find as they
Cultural Heritage Commission members spent many months narrowing down
the list to 100. In the end it was necessary to pick only one book for
each author, a difficult task when considering the work of authors such as
Ken Kesey or Don Berry.