The next lecture in an ongoing lecture series presented by Jackson County Library Services and the Southern Oregon Historical Society will address how a Jackson County mine became a national campaign issue in 1956.

The next lecture in an ongoing lecture series presented by Jackson County Library Services and the Southern Oregon Historical Society will address how a Jackson County mine became a national campaign issue in 1956.

"The Al Sarena Mine as a Campaign Issue" is the next topic in the "Windows in Time" series. The presentation by Jay Mullen, a Medford High School grad and professor emeritus at Southern Oregon University, will be at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at the Medford library, 205 South Central Ave., and Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

Mullen will discuss how Jackson County's Al Sarena Mine became a campaign issue in the 1956 Morse/McKay senatorial race. The Interior Department was accused of improprieties in issuing questionable patents on valuable timberlands. Several thousand acres of heavily timbered land in the Rogue River National Forest were logged after the Interior Department's interpretation of existing mining laws, and the issue captured national attention.

The free lunchtime lecture series will continue monthly from noon to 1 p.m. on the first and second Wednesdays throughout the year. For more information on the series, please call Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-8689 or the Southern Oregon Historical Society at 541-899-8123.