General Meetings:  Bimonthly meetings for members and visitors are held on the 3rd Thursday of alternate months from September through May. Meetings are meant to be both educational and entertaining and give opportunities for people with common interests to get acquainted. Due to COVID-related closures, all meetings will be held via Zoom Video Conference until further notice.

Upcoming Presentations

    • 3 Feb 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Centering Chinese History in Oregon

    A panel discussion with Jennifer Fang, Kimberli Fitzgerald, Don Hann, and Chelsea Rose

    The Winter 2021 “Chinese Diaspora in Oregon” contributes to a growing body of work that documents early Chinese residents’ role in shaping Oregon’s development as a state and therefore makes significant changes in how we all understand the Oregon story. The publication is the result of work by scholars and researchers working across academic disciplines, across the state, and even across the Pacific Ocean. This panel discussion includes both guest editors, each of whom authored or co-authored pieces in the special issue, as well as authors whose scholarship reveals the powerful ways that Chinese people shaped Grant County and Salem, particularly during the late nineteenth century. Each will give brief remarks about their projects, after which, we will open the floor to questions from the audience. click here for more information and to register for this zoom presentation.

    • 17 Feb 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Dennis L. Jenkins

    PhD, Register of Professional Archaeologists

    Senior Research Associate II

    Director, Northern Great Basin Archaeological Field School

    Museum of Natural and Cultural History

    University of Oregon

    BIO: Dennis Jenkins is a Senior Research Archaeologist for the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon where he received his PhD in 1991. He has taught and directed the UO’s Northern Great Basin archaeological field school in the Fort Rock, Chewaucan, and Harney basins of Oregon and the Snake River Plain in Idaho since 1989. Jenkins’ research focuses on the first colonization of the Americas. When did people arrive, by what method, and direction? He has also investigated obsidian sourcing and hydration, prehistoric shell bead trade, and prehistoric settlement-subsistence patterns of the Northern Great Basin. He has conducted more than 100 site investigations throughout his career, authored and co-authored 11 books, >80 chapters, articles, reviews, professional reports, and contributions to reports, and given >70 papers at professional meetings. Most recently, he has been involved in the internationally recognized recovery of ancient human DNA from coprolites (dried feces) dating to 14,500 years and established the contemporaneity of Western Stemmed projectile points at the Paisley Caves with Clovis technology, co-authoring 6 articles in the World’s most prestigious scientific journals Science and Nature, made appearances in 11 TV documentaries, and had his work profiled in more than 50 newspaper and magazine articles including Parade magazine and New Yorker.  

    • 17 Mar 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Upcoming Event


    The Wenas Creek Mammoth Dig in Central Washington


    Dr. Patrick (Pat) Lubinski is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology & Museum Studies at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.  He has an undergraduate degree in biology, graduate degrees in anthropology/archaeology, and more than 30 seasons of archaeological field experience, mostly in the western United States.  His research expertise is zooarchaeology, the analysis of animal bones from archaeological sites.  His current projects include analysis of fish remains from Paisley Caves and completing lab work from the Wenas Creek Mammoth excavation.