Sense of Place

Sense of Place


Fostering a deeper understanding of connections to our landscape and to each other.


Now in its 8th year, the annual Sense of Place Lecture Series continues to deliver interesting, meaningful lectures that bring us closer to the human and natural history of the Columbia River Gorge. Each lecture draws, on average, over 100 people looking to build a greater connection with the place they call home.

Sense of Place

The Sense of Place lecture series is truly a unique cultural asset. While both highly educational and relevant, presentations never fail to entertain, inspire and challenge the audience. A concerted effort is made to host high-quality presenters who are experts in their fields — authors, historians, artists, movers and shakers.

We are proud to announce another fantastic line up for the 2017-18 season: 

  • October 11, 2017:
    The Bonneville Landslide: A Bridge of the Gods Before Lewis and Clark, Nick Zentner
    Information & TICKETS

  • November 8, 2017:
    The Gorge Latino Experience, A Panel Discussion Moderated by Dr. Lynn Orr
    Information & TICKETS

  • December 13, 2017:
    History Slam: An Improvisational View into our Past, Arthur Babitz and Scott Cook
    Information & TICKETS

  • January 10, 2018:
    Hanford: Our River Runs Through It, A Panel Discussion Moderated by Columbia Riverkeeper’s Dan Serres
    Information & TICKETS

  • February 14, 2018:
    Steamboats and Captains of the Columbia, Captain Tom Cramblett
    Information & TICKETS

  • March 14, 2018:
    River of Hope— Salmon Dreams and the Columbia River Treaty, Peter Marbach
    Information & TICKETS

Headlining Sponsor:

Presenting Sponsors:

Lecture Specific Sponsors:

Individual Supporters:

  • Kevin Widener & Luci Walker
  • Dave Radcliffe
  • Brad Schrick
  • Eric & Cynthia Strid

In-Kind Sponsors:

We are now recruiting sponsors for our 2017-2018 season  Sponsorships start at $150- please read the sponsorship packet here. Contact if you are interested in sponsoring the 2017-18 Series.

The series looks impressive and we’re glad to be supporting your work on it.

Jennifer Allen

Oregon Humanities

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Learn more here:

2016-2017 SOP Sponsorship Packet

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2017-18 Sense of Place Speaker Proposal
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