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Sense of Place

Sense Of Place

Sense of Place

Wednesday, November 4, 6:30pm
A Fifty Year Trail of Ink: Newspapers, Boom Towns, and Mental Health in the Old West with Arthur Babitz   

Fostering a deeper understanding of connections to our landscape and one other. Now in its 6th year, the Annual Sense of Place Lecture Series continues to deliver interesting, meaningful lectures that bring us closer to the human and natural history of The Columbia River Gorge. Each lecture draws, on average, 200 people looking to build a greater connection with the place they call home.

In September of 1899 a man named Sloan Shutt arrived in Hood River, declaring he would cast his lot with the citizens of this “paradise on earth.” He began publishing a weekly newspaper and promised a cattle ranch would be his next enterprise. Yet after just four issues of his newspaper, Shutt was gone. His presses were sent on to Granite, Ore., where five newspaper syndicates were competing to establish a first newspaper in that small town. Hood River residents were left scratching their heads, wondering about the man who blew into town with big ideas and fancy words, and left just as fast. Was it all a scam?  Was he a just a crackpot telling tall tales, or was something else at play?

More than a century later we can answer these questions. We’ll follow a faint trail which starts with the chance discovery of a single newspaper deep in the archives of the History Museum of Hood River County and wind our way through 23 different small towns over a period of 50 years. We’ll explore the time of explosive growth that defined our city and state, witness the birth of modern media, and consider the state of mental health attitudes and treatment in that time and place.

Arthur Babitz is an electrical engineer, a former mayor of Hood River and an amateur historian. He is currently helping the History Museum of Hood River County digitize and organize its collection of photographic images. He is also author of the popular photoblog

Arthur will speak on Wednesday, November 4, at Columbia Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. Come early to enjoy a glass of wine or beer and meet others in the community. Gorge Owned’s (GO!) Sense of Place is an annual lecture series that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to our landscape and to one another.

  • November 4, 2015
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • November 4, 2015
    7:00pm - 8:30pm


Venue Phone: 541-387-8877

Venue Website:

215 Cascade Ave, Hood River, Oregon, 97031, United States


Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) is located in downtown Hood River, Oregon in the heart of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. This thriving art center increases and enhances the opportunities for artists and residents of the greater Columbia River Gorge community to participate in arts education and the literary, performing, and visual arts.

  • November 4, 2015
    7:00pm - 8:30pm

Columbia Center for the Arts

215 Cascade Avenue
PO Box 1543
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 387-8877
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Center Hours

(Labor Day - Memorial Day)
Tuesday-Saturday , 11am-5pm
(Memorial Day - Labor Day )
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm

Closed Holidays:
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day



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