History Pub


History Pub returns to in-person events! Join us at our new event venue, Whirled Pies. Located at 199 W. 8th Avenue in Eugene.

The Eugene History Pub Talks is a monthly event series cosponsored by the department and Lane County History Museum. History scholars and experts are invited to present talks on historical events, concepts, and research in a setting with local beer, wine, and food. All talks take place in the evenings on the second Monday of each month, September through May, unless noted otherwise. Events are open to everyone and free to attend.

View recordings of previous events on YouTube.

2023-24 Schedule

November 13, 2023, 7:00 p.m.

Mobilizing Nature: Putting Northwest Resources to Work During World War II  

Katie Macica, PhD

December 11, 2023, 7:00 p.m.

Living Together? Catholics and Protestants in Europe After the Reformation   

David Luebke 

January 08, 2024, 7:00 p.m.

The French Empire Before Napoleon    

Brett Rushforth  

February 12, 2024, 7:00 p.m.

Unruly Icebergs: Doing Business and Fighting Ice in the North Atlantic Ocean    

Mark Carey   

March 11, 2024, 7:00 p.m.

Strong Winds and Widow Makers: Workers, Nature, and Environmental Conflict in Pacific Northwest Timber Country    

Steve Beda   

April 08, 2024, 7:00 p.m.

Mischievous Creatures: The Forgotten Sisters Who Transformed Early American Science    

Catherine McNeur   

May 13, 2024, 7:00 p.m.

International Native American Sovereignty Activism, 1975-1980   

Jennifer O'neal    

2022-23 Schedule

October 10, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

Every Veteran Has a Story

Dr. Alex Dracobly is a Senior Instructor in the Department of History at UO. He founded the UO Veterans Oral History Project, which he directed from 2009 until 2018. During that time, his students interviewed more than 150 veterans, most of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those stories have been preserved in Special Collections at the Knight Library on the UO campus.

November 14, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

The Tangled Story of Eugene’s 19th Century Brewing Families

Tiah Edmunson-Morton

December 12, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

A crime so unnatural and diabolical: Matricide, Patricide, and Murder as a Window on 1890s Oregon

Peter Boag earned his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon and today teaches Pacific Northwest history at Washington State University in Vancouver. He has written books and articles and appeared in podcasts about the region’s environmental history, its history of sexuality and gender, and its history of violence. His talk for the Eugene History Pub is based on his new book Pioneering Death: The Violence of Boyhood in Turn-of-the-Century Oregon (University of Washington Press).

January 9, 2023, 7:00 p.m.

Is she ladylike when she kills? Murderesses in Nineteenth-Century Venezuela

Reuben Zahler

February 13, 2023, 7:00 p.m.

Womanless, homeless, godless: Race, Sexuality, and Gender in Salmon Cannery Labor Struggles

Patience Collier

March 13, 2023, 7:00 p.m.

America’s Global Gamble with Peaceful Nuclear Technology

Jacob Darwin Hamblin

April 10, 2023, 7:00 p.m.

August on My Back: Rhythms of Issei Motherhood on the Yakama Reservation

Dr. Yesenia Navarrete Hunter presents her current work on the Japanese mothers who settled and established vibrant communities in the Yakima Valley and on the Yakama Reservation. By looking at family stories, photographs, oral histories, and poetry, Dr. Hunter brings together the rich textures of everyday life and choices women made to bring about their desires for their children. This talk will feature three women, their material and cultural practices, and their relationships with Indigenous peoples that allowed them to make place on the reservation.

May 8, 2023, 7:00 p.m.

“Don’t Be a Jerk”: Jewish Labor Organizations, Popular Art, and Anti-Prejudice Education following World War II

Bob Bussel