Talent Historical Society Current Projects

Talent Town in Flames Documentation Project

Our Board Members originally thought we should document the fire, the crisis, and the recovery of our town, in a book. And we are making that book. But it has become a larger project. It is now a three-part project. The first part is called “Liberated Archives” making our collection of images and stories accessible online to the general public. We have started a blog, Alameda Fire History Blog

The blog has some awesome photos and stories. Some stories are in Spanish, and we hope to continue collecting stories in both Spanish and English. The blog, which is a work in progress, contains original stories in the voices of our community members of all ages. More stories will be added each week. Funding received from a Pacific Power and Light grant has made this phase of the project possible.

The Talent Historical Society is compiling fire stories from the public. If you are willing to share your story, please leave a message on the Museum telephone line, 541-512-8838 or email us at this link.

Si está dispuesto a compartir su historia de su experiencia durante el fuego Almeda, póngase en contacto con nosotros llamando a la línea telefónica del Museo. 541-512-8838, y dejando un mensaje, o escribenos en este enlace

The City of Talent is helping fund the production of a book containing selected stories and images. Talent Public Arts Committee will be a contributor as well as some businesses, and our own dear residents who had varied experiences throughout the fire itself and the aftermath. Some stories will be from children. The stories will be translated so that the whole book will be in both Spanish and English. It will be available at close to printing cost to the public through THS’s online store and museum gift shop sometime early next year.

THS is also planning to make a new fire documentation exhibit at the museum, which will include photos, text, artwork, and objects that represent the fire experience. It will be displayed at the Talent Museum, free of cost to the public. Parts of the exhibit may be portable enough to move to places such as the Library or City Hall. Become a part of the project by volunteering or submitting stories, orally or written, through one of the avenues provided.

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The Talent Historical Society researches and preserves the history of the Talent area in Southern Oregon. We offer a collection of historical archives to help local residents and visitors become better acquainted with our area's rich history. Learn more…

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