Lecture this Wednesday to discuss former Oregon Governor Tom McCall

This Wednesday, author and journalist Brent Walth will give a lecture at Southern Oregon University about the legacy of the former Oregon Governor Tom McCall, as part of a series of McCall Centennial events sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society.

March 22, 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of McCall, “regarded by many as the most iconic governor in Oregon’s history,” according to a press release from the Oregon Historical Society.

“Forty years after he left the Governor’s office and thirty years after his passing, Tom McCall’s legacy still casts a shadow on the state he loved so much,” said Kerry Tymchuk, executive director of the Oregon Historical Society. “Perhaps more than any other public official in Oregon history, McCall exemplified all that is unique about our state.”

The speaker at Wednesday’s event, Brent Walth, has worked as an investigative journalist and Capitol Hill correspondent for The Oregonian, and as a political reporter for the Eugene Register Guard. Now managing editor of Willamette Week, Walth is also the author of “Fire at Eden’s Gate,” a critically-acclaimed biography of McCall covering the eight years between 1967 and 1975 that he served as Oregon’s governor.

The lecture starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Southern Oregon University’s Music Recital Hall in Ashland. It is co-sponsored by the Jackson County Library Foundation, KOBI-TV NBC5, KOTI-TV NBC2, and the Oregon Community Foundation.

Tickets to this event are $10 and are available for purchase through BoxOfficeTickets.com.

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