‘Sense of Place’ continues Dec. 18

The Columbia Gorge Earth Center’s third annual Sense of Place lecture series began Oct. 16 and continues Dec. 18 with a presentation by Jon Tullis, “Timberline and Why It’s Cool.”

Seventy-five years ago, in the throes of the Great Depression, Timberline Lodge rose high on the south slopes of Mount Hood through President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. The lodge provided work for hundreds of Oregonian laborers, craftsmen, and artisans.

Today, Timberline has a firm respect for its tradition, yet a forward-leaning sense of innovation. Learn about how the lodge’s historical significance has been preserved as it continues to offer recreation for 21st-century visitors.

Jon Tullis is Timberline’s director of public affairs; he is the company’s primary spokesman and oversees media relations, publicity, public relations, governmental affairs, community outreach and master planning.


Whether it is recreation, resource extraction or farming, most people who live in the Gorge are here because of some connection to the land. As the Gorge becomes increasingly popular for both locals and tourists, conflict over how best to manage this unique place becomes elevated. Ideas about how to use and live on this land that connects us can quickly become an issue that divides communities.

Through monthly speakers who represent a variety of industries and perspectives, the Sense of Place lecture series seeks to explore the cultural and natural history of the land so that together we can uncover what ties us all to this place and to each other outside of times of conflict.

All lectures take place at Springhouse Cellar Winery, 13 Railroad St. in Hood River. Doors open at 6 p.m.; lectures begin at 6:30. Come early to enjoy a glass of wine or beer, save a seat, buy a book on the lecture’s topic from Waucoma Bookstore and meet others in your community.

Still to come:

n Jan. 15 — Brett Vandenhuevel and Lauren Goldberg, “Hanford’s Nuclear Legacy: The Impact on our River Today.” Learn about the history of Hanford and how its impact on our communities today.

n Feb. 19 — Scott Burns and Marjorie Burns, “Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods.” This lecture will focus on the story of the discovery and development of the idea of the floods by J. Harlen Bretz and their effect on the development of the landscape of 16,000 square miles of the Pacific Northwest.

n March 19 — Arthur Babitz, “Visible Change: The Transformation of the Hood River Valley As Seen in the Photographic Record.”

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