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The Square Mile Project: Geography and History of Southern Oregon

Pat Aklin
Jackson County Library Services and Southern Oregon Historical Society are proud to announce “The Square Mile Project: Geography and History of Southern Oregon” as the next topic in the 2014 “Windows in Time” history series. This noon lecture will be presented on Wednesday, June 4 at the Medford Branch Library, 205 South Central Avenue, and Wednesday, June 11 at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard.
“The Square Mile Project” is a Southern Oregon University course which applies methods and techniques unique to geography, land use planning, and environmental studies. During the course, students selected and studied a square mile in Jackson County in great detail. Each square mile presented unique opportunities for investigation through traditional research methods, field interviews, and mapping of spatial phenomena.
Presenter Pat Acklin collected a series of student square mile projects and will highlight stories that are connected to the landscape of Jackson County. Pat Acklin is an Emeritus Professor of Geography at Southern Oregon University where she continues to teach geography and environmental studies. A resident of the Rogue Valley since 1971, Pat's perspectives have been developed through employment experiences as a land use planner and soil scientist for the Jackson County Department of Planning and Development and as Citizen Involvement Coordinator for a regional transportation planning effort coordinated by the Rogue Valley Council of Governments.
The monthly "Windows in Time" lunchtime lectures are offered free to the public on the first and second Wednesdays throughout the year from 12 noon to 1 p.m. For more information on the "Windows in Time" series, please call Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-6996 or 541-774-8689 or the Southern Oregon Historical Society at 541-773-6536 or visit www.jcls.org or www.sohs.org.


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