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The community is invited to exciting public programs on Saturday and Sunday at Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival that celebrate Oregon Archives Week. The theme of the week is "Archives Among Us: Celebrating Oregon's Unique Archival Heritage." The free events in Ashland highlight some of our region's unique archival materials that reflect Southern Oregon's distinctive geography, heritage and culture.

Events will begin on Saturday at — p.m. in the Southern Oregon University Hannon Library, 3rd Floor Meese Meeting Room. The event will feature presentations by two preeminent local scholars.

Forest Historian Jeff LaLande's slide presentation, "100 years of Forest History," will showcase highlights of the historical record of the Rogue River National Forest.

Shakespeare scholar and OSF Guest Dramaturg Alan Armstrong will discuss "Staging Shakespeare's King John," exploring the sources he used in preparing for the 2007 OSF performance of King John.

This free community event at Southern Oregon University will include refreshments and a viewing of Shakespeare's Second Folio of 1632, entitled "Mr. William Shakespear's Comedies, Histories, And Tragedies. Published According To The True Original Copies," and other rare Shakespeare volumes.

Parking is available east of Hannon Library in Lots 18 and 19 and behind the Hannon Library in Lot 21.

On Sunday, the celebration of Oregon Archives Week moves to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, with events from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the New Theatre and Carpenter Hall. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., community members are invited to a free viewing of the First Folio of 1623 (Shakespeare's plays) which is on loan from the Paul Allen Family Collection.

In addition to viewing the Folio, visitors are invited to tour the OSF Archives. The viewing of the First Folio will be followed by a reception in Carpenter Hall.

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Paul Merchant, a Shakespeare scholar and archivist at Lewis and Clark College, will speak about the First Folio and his research in England and at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

Since the fall of 1989, the second week in October has been proclaimed Archives Week by governors, provincial leaders and mayors across North America. They join in supporting efforts to: increase the public's awareness of archives and historical records; educate people, organizations and others about preserving their own historical records; and encouraging people to explore and use the archives in their area.

To find out more about Oregon Archives Week, visit /oaw.