Early in the 20th Century, the world's richest man decided to spend much of his huge fortune building public libraries. He erected more than 2500, mostly in North America, including Coos Bay and many others in Oregon. What motivated him? Why did he choose libraries as the target of his philanthropy? What happened to many of these buildings? Does his legacy continue?
Fred Leeson is a Portland author and journalist. He spent 35 years working for the Oregon Journal and Oregonian newspapers in Portland. He has written or collaborated on three Portland history books, including My-Te- Fine Merchant: Fred Meyer's Retail Revolution. He lives in Portland and is president of the Architectural Heritage Center, a non-profit devoted to architectural education and preservation of vintage neighborhoods and architecture. He holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a juris doctorate from the Lewis & Clark Law School.
Doors: 6pmProgram: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Musueum Exhibits and Store open until 8:30pm
Free with paid Museum Admission
CHM Members get in free
First Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Al Peirce Company with additional support from The Mill Casino. Each presentation takes place at the Coos History Museum in the Sprague Gallery.