Tom Nash is professor emeritus at Southern Oregon University, where he has taught linguistics and folklore for nearly 30 years. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Nash also received grants for study at Yale, Princeton, and Berkeley. For the past 15 years, he has traveled the state's two-lane roads while lecturing for the Oregon Council for the Humanities. Nash's programs on Oregon history, Oregon place names, and the WPA have been popular in places like Spray, Baker City, Newberg, and Prineville. Nash is the author of three books, including The Well-Traveled Casket (with Twilo Scofield).
Federal Writers' Project in Oregon
The Federal Writers' Project was one of five independent branches of the Works Progress Administration, established in the summer of 1935 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In its inception, the WPA sponsored not only the Writers' Project, but also the Federal Art Project, Federal Music Project, Historical Records Survey, and …
Ivan Hathaway Jones (1870-1937)
Hathaway Jones was proud to be Oregon's biggest liar. While others occasionally made the claim, no other Oregon storyteller captured the public imagination like Jones did. His tales have appeared in books, oral histories, Works Progress Administration (WPA) files, Web sites, and folk festivals—even though he rarely traveled beyond the …