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 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.

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 

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

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

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

  • February 14, 2018 Steamboats and Captains of the Columbia, Captain Tom Cramblett

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


Last year’s Sponsors:



Lecture Specific Sponsors:

Individual Supporters:

  • Kevin Widener & Luci Walker
  • Dave Radcliffe
  • Dr. Lynn Orr in honor of The History Museum of Hood River County
  •  Brad Schrick
  • Lee & Melinda Weinstein
  • Mimi Macht

In-Kind Sponsors:

Lectures take place on the third Wednesday evening of the month (except for December), October – March at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.

Upcoming Lectures

The Sense of Place lecture series runs annually from October through March. The schedule for the 2015-16 lecture series will be announced this summer.

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

Jennifer Allen

Oregon Humanities

Sense of Place! Become a Sponsor

Learn more here:

2016-2017 SOP Sponsorship Packet

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Read About our Speakers

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2017-18 Sense of Place Speaker Proposal
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