Final ‘Sense of Place’ talk features historical photos

The last of the presentations in the Columbia Gorge Earth Center’s Sense of Place lecture series will take place March 19 with Arthur Babitz, “Visible Change: The Transformation of the Hood River Valley As Seen in the Photographic Record.”

Babitz is an electrical engineer and the mayor of Hood River. His interest in photography extends back to childhood hours in the darkroom, and his interest in history extends almost as far back.

He is currently helping The History Museum of Hood River County digitize and organize its entire collection of photographic images. He has seen most of the roughly 10,000 images in the collection.

Many of these images can be seen on The History Museum’s photo blog at historichoodriver.com.

The final lecture will take place at Springhouse Cellar Winery, 13 Railroad St. in Hood River. Doors open at 6 p.m.; lecture begins at 6:30. Come early to enjoy a glass of wine or beer, save a seat, buy a book on the lecture’s topic from Waucoma Bookstore and meet others in your community.

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Whether it is recreation, resource extraction or farming, most people who live in the Gorge are here because of some connection to the land. As the Gorge becomes increasingly popular for both locals and tourists, conflict over how best to manage this unique place becomes elevated. Ideas about how to use and live on this land that connects us can quickly become an issue that divides communities.

Through monthly speakers who represent a variety of industries and perspectives, the Sense of Place lecture series seeks to explore the cultural and natural history of the land so that together we can uncover what ties us all to this place and to each other outside of times of conflict.

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