Joe Peterson has taught both History and Education courses at Southern Oregon University, recently authored a history of Ashland, Oregon published by Arcadia Publishing, and works with regional teachers to improve how American History is taught.
Chautauqua in Oregon
An 1874 summer camp to train Methodist Sunday school teachers seems an unlikely beginning for a cultural phenomenon that would spread across the country from Lake Chautauqua, New York, to towns such as Canby, Oregon. But rural America embraced summer Chautauquas, and communities vied for the opportunity to host the …
Rogue River Roundup
In 1916, Ashland dedicated its much-expanded Lithia Park, a ceremony somewhat upstaged by the wildly popular Rogue River Round-Up. In the park dedication brochure for the Fourth of July celebration that year, it was the rodeo that received top billing. Buckaroo events were enormously popular, resulting in overflow crowds squeezed …