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Windows in Time history lectures to continue

The Southern Oregon Historical Society's popular Windows in Time lecture series will continue despite upcoming staff layoffs.

SOHS Board of Directors President Douglas McGeary said he erroneously said Monday the series would likely end due to the cutbacks. The information was reported in the Mail Tribune.

McGeary said he was later told by SOHS volunteers that the volunteer-driven program would be able to continue.

Vicki Bryden, SOHS Library volunteer, said the program is a partnership between SOHS and the public libraries in Medford and Ashland.

"Speakers and organizers are volunteers. No staff time is required to continue the program," she said. "Speakers sometimes do research at the SOHS Library, which will be available with volunteers. Windows in Time is set up for 2017 and will continue each month."

SOHS announced Monday its remaining half-dozen paid staff members will be laid off Dec. 31 after voters rejected a heritage district funding levy earlier this month.

The free lunchtime Windows in Time series features writers and historians who give presentations on aspects of local history. The talks sometimes attract hundreds of people.

The lectures are at noon the first Wednesday of each month at the Medford library and at noon the second Wednesday of each month at the Ashland library. 

The next lecture Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 is about the Rogue River Indian Wars.

For updates on lectures in 2017, see www.sohs.org.