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Author will share hidden history of Ashland, Medford

The Abraham Lincoln statue in Ashland’s Lithia Park was repeatedly beheaded by vandals and pranksters. File photo
Windows in Time history talk is Wednesday

From a headless Abraham Lincoln statue to a faith healer to a 160-year-old cold case, author Joe Peterson will share tales from Ashland and Medford history.

His Windows in Time lecture “Hidden History: Backstories from Ashland and Medford History” will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., and online via the Zoom video conference service.

The talk is free. Advance registration to attend in-person or online is required by visiting jcls.libcal.com/calendar/jcls_event/WIT-Mar-2022.

Peterson will cover other historical tidbits, including the Ashland and Medford connections to the book “Lolita,” the Raggedy Ann book character, Tobacco Road, Lithia Auto Group, Camelot, mouse traps, a stolen election and more.

Peterson has taught history, political science and education courses at Southern Oregon University and has written and managed Teaching American History federal grants for the Southern Oregon Education Service District in Medford. He is the author of four books, including two on the history of Ashland.

After the lecture, Peterson’s talk will be posted online on the Jackson County Library Services YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/JCLSBeyond. Visit the site to watch past Windows in Time talks on a range of topics, including scandals from early railroad days, Jewish pioneers in Jacksonville, life in Jackson County during World War II, and the often-overlooked role of women and children in early agriculture.

The monthly Windows in Time lunchtime lectures feature writers and historians who bring alive the people, values and events that shaped Southern Oregon’s heritage.

Lectures are jointly sponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and Jackson County Library Services. For more information, contact the Southern Oregon Historical Society at 541-773-6536 or sohs.org or Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-8679 or jcls.org.