This year we celebrate our landmark 10th season of the Sense of Place lecture series, with a line up that promises to be one of our most engaging. We are thrilled to announce the line up for the 2019-20 season below. For more information about our presenters, please visit

* October 16, 2019: Traditional First Foods & The Creation Story — “Smunitee” Mary Lee Jones – Yakama, Umatilla, Blackfeet

* November 20, 2019: Forgotten Toxic Waste Dump on the Columbia: The Bradford Island Story — Lauren Goldberg, Columbia Riverkeeper & Rebeccah Winnier, Northwest Fish Hogs and Yakama Nation Tribal Member & Laura Klasner Shira, Yakama Nation Fisheries Program

* January 15, 2020: Finnish in the Gorge — Maija Yasui

* February 18, 2020: Debris Flows, Dam Removals, and Restoring Degraded Habitat: Shaping the Hood River Watershed Over the Past 30 Years — Cindy Thieman, Hood River Watershed Group & Les Perkins, Farmers Irrigation Districtand The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

* March 18, 2020: Salmon People: A Confluence Story Gathering of Native Voices— Confluence Project

* April 15, 2020: Rajneeshees in OregonLes Zaitz

Full lecture descriptions coming soon.

All lectures are held at the Columbia Center for the Arts, located at 215 Cascade Ave in Hood River on second or third Wednesdays, October through April (no lecture in December). Tickets, including season passes, will become available late September.

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