When Timber was King: The Rise and Decline of Southern Oregon’s Wood Products Industry

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford, OR

Also in Ashland Library on 2/14/18

Jeff LaLande presents the February Windows in Time local history talk, “When Timber Was King: The Rise and Decline of Southern Oregon’s Wood Products Industry” on Wednesday, February 7 at the Medford Library, 205 South Central Avenue, and Wednesday, February 10, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard, from 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. at both locations.

Not so very long ago – beginning right after WWII and continuing through the 1980s – the timber industry was by far Southern Oregon's biggest job provider and economic driver. Its reign as "king" had profound effects, not only on our region's economy but on our society and politics as well. How and why did timber become so central here during those Post-War years? What about our region's logging history in the many decades before World War II? What might be the future role of the wood-products industry in Southern Oregon? These are questions that LaLande will explore during this illustrated lecture.

Jeff LaLande has been a resident of the Rogue Valley for over 45 years. He graduated from Georgetown University in Washington DC and later received his M.A. in archaeology from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Oregon. He worked over thirty years with the U.S. Forest Service as an archaeologist and historian, and has published articles and several books on regional history.


Jeff LaLande

Event Series: 

SOHS 02586 Medford Lumber co.