Exciting program set for March 14 in Astoria

Women cannery workers in Astoria

Women cannery workers in Astoria

The Oregon PNLHA’s Astoria mini-conference is all ready to go on March 14 with sessions on local labor history, contemporary low-wage issues, live music, and a peek at what the future holds for Oregon labor history.

Respected Oregon historians Irene Martin, Bryan Penttila and Regan Watjus will discuss the coastal city’s industrial and labor history on a panel moderated by labor educator Marcus Widenor.

Labor historian Bob Bussel will moderate a low-wage issues panel featuring “Our Oregon” research director Daniel Morris, Oregon School Employees Association staff member Mimi Khalili, and Portland labor activist Ryan Wisnor.

Astoria's historic labor temple is preserved as a pub and cafe.

Astoria’s historic labor temple is preserved as a pub and cafe. Workers began work on the building in 1922 and it opened in 1925.

Nathan Moore and Kate Downing of the Eugene-based Low Tide Drifters, fisher poet Mary Garvey and banjo-playing folklorist Joe Seamons will play and discuss their labor and social issues music.

Labor educator Norm Diamond will round off the day with a discussion about the future of labor history in Oregon.

To register, please email rverzuh@shaw.ca.