Wire by Wire, how technology changed Lake Creek


The Southern Oregon Historical Society announces a new exhibit, Wire by Wire: How the Telephone, Fencing, and Electricity Came to Lake Creek, on display through mid-January at the Lake Creek Historical Society (open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.) as part of the History: Made by You program.

History: Made by You is a traveling exhibits program that is designed to engage the community in discussions about contemporary issues of local importance and to research the historic roots of these issues. There will be an open house on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m..at the Lake Creek Historical Society.

Wire by Wire: How the Telephone, Fencing, and Electricity Came to Lake Creek explores how the community changed with the introduction of these new technologies. After a community forum in September, participants decided to explore the idea of wire versus wireless in their community. Bonded by more than simply geography, Lake Creek’s determination and spirit of self-reliance helped forge the unique character of their rural community. The use of wire reflects the story of this community, as seen through the history of the telephone, fencing, and electricity, to illustrate the different ways residents united to change their lifestyles. A map of Lake Creek traces the community’s development and depicts many of the original homesteaders.

This program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program.

For more information on the exhibit, or if you would like to request that a public forum/traveling exhibit come to your community, please contact Amy Drake at the Southern Oregon Historical Society at amy@sohs.org or (541) 773-6536 ext. 1006. For more information about SOHS, call (541) 773-6536 or visit www.sohs.org.

 

 

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