Gary D. Jensen earned his Ph.D. in American Studies from George Washington University, and he is the retired Dean of the Hamersly Library at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon. Prior to coming to Western, he was the Head of the Congressional Reading Room, then the Head of the Thomas Jefferson Reading Room, and finally the Head of the Main Reading Room at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. He is the current chair of the Polk County Cultural Coalition, which receives funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, one of Oregon’s oldest public institutions of higher education, began as a private institution in 1856 and was incorporated into the state system as a teacher training institution in 1882. The campus occupies 160 acres in Monmouth, a town of about ten thousand people in the …