Sense of Place


Sense of Place Lecture Series

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

Now entering its 10th season, the annual Sense of Place lecture series connects people through place and storytelling.

Sense of Place started as a small gathering in 2010, but grew quickly to attract over 1,000 people annually. Each season, the series features presenters from throughout the Pacific Northwest who share new insights into the cultural, natural, or political history of the Columbia River Gorge.

Lectures occur once a month between October and March at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. Past topics have included the Japanese evacuation and internment, a geologic history of the Gorge, the evolution of Gorge breweries, Hanford’s nuclear legacy, Native American traditions along the Columbia River, and many more.

A Request for Proposals for the 2019-20 Sense of Place series is now underway.

Proposals are due July 11, 2019.

To Apply, please review the RFP and instructions linked through the button below.

Thank you to our 2018-19 season sponsors!

Headlining Sponsor


Supporting Sponsors:

  • Columbia Gorge Community College
  • Columbia Gorge Physical Therapy
  • Common Energy, LLC
  • Hausman Advisors
  • Jay F. Sherrerd, Attorney at Law
  • Mt. Adams Institute
  • Northwest Natural
  • Pine Street Bakery
  • Scott Sorensen Construction, Ind.
  • Kym and Mark Zannmiller
  • Natural Designs LLC

Individual Supporters:

  • Lynn Federie Orr (in honor of The History Museum of Hood River)
  • Dave Radcliffe
  • Brad Schrick
  • Luci Walker
  • Kevin Widener & Luci Walker

Lecture Specific Sponsors:

  • Hood River Valley Residents Committee – Schemes, Dreams, and Teams
  • Inter-Fluve – Ice Age Oregon Trail
  • Sitka Stairs and Woodworking – Shifting Sands, the Nochols Boat Basin
  • Weinstein PR – Native Voices of the Columbia River

In-Kind Sponsors:

  • Best Western Plus–Hood River Inn
  • Celilo Restaurant and Bar
  • Hood River Hotel

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

Jennifer Allen

Oregon Humanities