Know Out West

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  9/28/2015

Know Out West The idea of The West has held sway over our collective imagination since American author Horace Greely first uttered “Go West young man.” But just how does that idea, ripe with stereotypes, larger-than-life-characters and mythic adventures square with reality?

This October Deschutes Public Library is taking a closer look at the West. Join us for programs about the early peoples of the High Desert, the use of art to romanticize the West, a look at what the work of Edward Curtis means to Native Americans today and a visit from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Timothy Egan.



Author! Author! Timothy Egan
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and National Book Award winning author of seven books, most recently Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher. Tickets available at or by calling 541-312-1027.

Thursday, October 1 • 7:00 p.m.
Bend High Auditorium

Shadow Catcher: Edward Curtis through Native Eyes
Justine Lowry, professor of Native American Art History, will explore contemporary responses to the photographic works of Edward Curtis.

Wednesday, October 7 • 6:00 p.m.
Downtown Bend Library

Early Peoples of Fort Rock
Anthropologist Michel Waller discusses excavations and discoveries at Ft. Rock Cave.

Thursday, October 8 • 6:00 p.m.
East Bend Library

Second Sunday: Elizabeth Woody
Warm Springs tribal member and critically praised poet, lecturer and educator Elizabeth Woody reads.

Sunday, October 11 • 2:00 p.m.
Downtown Bend Library

Know Out West: Romantic Notions of the West in Art
Faith Powell, High Desert Museum curator, discusses how the West was romanticized through art.

Thursday, October 15 • 6:00 p.m.
East Bend Library

Early Peoples of Fort Rock
Anthropologist Michel Waller discussesexcavations and discoveries at Ft. Rock Cave.

Friday, October 16 • 12:00 p.m.
La Pine Library

Jarold Ramsey: Words Marked by Place
A light-hearted excursion into “Central Oregon Dialect”—folk sayings, odd words, catch phrases, and more.

Saturday, October 17 • 2:00 p.m.
Downtown Bend Library

John C. Fremont
Loren Irving explores Fremont’s Expedition through Oregon and Nevada.

Tuesday, October 20 • 6:00 p.m.
Downtown Bend Library

Wednesday, October 22 • 1:00 p.m.
Sunriver Library

Know Out West: Native Americans in the Greater Sisters Area
What can we learn from the archeology and legends of the early residents of Sisters?

Thursday, October 22 • 12:00 p.m.
Sisters Library

For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.

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