As teachers and leaders came up with ways to celebrate the Oregon sesquicentennial, local historians joined in with a project to remember high points in the history of Marion County.
After all, it’s in the heart of the state, it’s rich in farming, industry, timber, river navigation and other elements key to the history and present life of Oregon.
Marion County Historical Society Director Amy Vandegrift began working with researcher Diane Lewison Anderson and producer Stella Shaffer to create a series of vignettes — short articles on the history of the county — and to have them aired on a local radio station.
The Marion County Minutes were a big hit: a sponsor offered to support the broadcasts, the features were extended and renewed again, and are set to run not just for a few weeks but until the end of the year.
Here are notes on the features, and links that will let you hear the Marion County Minute historical vignettes. Special thanks to Bob Buck of KBZY Radio for production help.