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100 years of the Oregon Geographic Names Board and How the Process of Naming Oregon's Landmarks Works
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 5:30pm to Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 7:30pm
The Friends of History has invited two board members from the Oregon Geographic Names Board to PSU to talk about the "100 years of the Oregon Geographic Names Board and How the Process of Naming Oregon's Landmarks Works."

Cynthia Gardiner and Lewis A. McArthur will give a presentation based upon two articles published in the Fall 2008 issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly: "The Importance of Memory and Place: A Narrative of Oregon Geographic Names by Lewis A. McArthur"; and "OGNB:100 years of Toponymic Nomenclature" by Champ Vaughan.

When: Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
Where:
Smith Memorial Student Union, room 236
Time:
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost:
Free and open to the public

For more information, call 503-725-5473.

Background
Signed into existence in 1908 by Governor George Chamberlain, the Oregon Geographic Board (as it was called then) has spent the last century giving our state a sense of individuality and identity as they approve or remove names that define our state, including rivers, valleys, mountains, hills, ridges.

Gardiner is a PSU alumni, and Lewis A. McArthur is a long-time FOH member who was the second generation to work on the ultimate compendium on the subject: Oregon Geographic Names, which is in its 7th edition.

October 24, 2008 was proclaimed "Lewis A. McArthur Day" by the governor in recognition of his work on several editions of the book, and his many years of service on the OGNB board. There will be a signing party after the program as copies of the Fall Issue of the 2008 Oregon Historical Quarterly will be available for purchase.