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First Tuesday Talks Features Fred Leeson At Coos History Museum
Early in the 20th Century, the world’s richest man decided to spend his fortune building public libraries. He erected more than 2500, in Coos Bay and many others in Oregon. Learn what motivated him and why he choose libraries as the target of his philanthropy. Fred Leeson is an author and journalist who spent 35 years working for the Oregon Journal and Oregonian newspapers in Portland. He has written or collaborated on three Portland history books. He lives in Portland and is president of the Architectural Heritage Center, a non-profit devoted to architectural education and preservation of vintage neighborhoods and architecture.
The doors open at 6pm and the program begins at 6:30. Museum exhibits and store will be open until 8:30pm. This event is free with paid Museum admission–CHM Members get in free. First Tuesday Talks take place in the Coos History Museum in the Sprague Gallery. The Coos County Historical Society (founded in 1891) is a private, not-for-profit organization supported entirely by memberships, donations, admission fees, bookstore income and grants. They are recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are welcome by check or credit card, over the phone or online. Donations to the organization are tax-deductible.
(photo courtesy of the Coos History Museum)