For immediate release: July 30, 2019


On Thursday, August 22, the Lebanon Museum Foundation will present the third of its 2019 public programs on local history. Jeff Smith, a longtime resident and steward of Lebanon’s history, will show photos of Lebanon’s mills during their heights of production. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy Street. The event is open to the public and free for all.

Smith collected the photos from the archives of the Lebanon Express and John Eggen, who operated Eggen Photography Studio in Lebanon until he retired in 1977. Smith’s presentation will provide glimpses of the men and women who worked in the mills and a perspective on the mills’ impacts on the Lebanon community and the world.

By boosting interest in local history, this program is intended to raise support for the Lebanon Museum, which has a growing collection in storage at the Lebanon Public Library but so far no display space. Last fall the museum’s kickoff program featured a talk on the Kalapuya by Tony Farque, an archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service. Two programs this year featured stories of growing up in Lebanon, told by Ken Bolf, Sally Morgan, and Tony Hayden, and Bob and Betty Adams’ relics and reminiscences from the pharmacy they owned on Main Street.

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