Oregon history features Roxy Ann

“Roxy Ann: Stories Behind Place Names” will be the next topic in the “Land of the Empire Builders” history lecture series at local libraries.

Prominent on the southern Oregon horizon, Roxy Ann butte is a well-known and easily recognized landmark, but who was Roxy Ann? 

Genealogist and retired librarian Anne Billeter will tell the story of Roxy Ann and John Bowen, who settled at the base of the butte in the 1850s. She will explore who they were, where they came from, who came with them, and will explain the connection to “Maryum’s Yellow Rose,” the Jacksonville Quilters’ pictorial quilt that will be displayed during the talks.    

The free talks are ar noon Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the Medford Central Library, 205 S. Central Ave., and noon Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

The “Land of the Empire Builders” lecture series will continue on the first and second Wednesdays through the end of the year. Upcoming topics include: “Southern Oregon At War,” by Elizabeth Corethers, in November; and “Whistles In The Canyons” by Larry Mullaly in December. The series is sponsored jointly by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and the Jackson County Library System in honor of Oregon’s 150th birthday.

For more information, call SOHS at 541-899-8123 or the library at 541-774-8689.

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