The Douglas County Historical Society and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians are co-sponsoring a fund-raising event on Sunday, May 15, at 2:00 PM, at Seven Feathers, Canyonville. The evening program is to help the historical society match a challenge grant from Restore Oregon to do much needed work on the 160-year old Floed-Lane House in Roseburg. Built in 1854/60, the structure is one the oldest surviving in the Umpqua Valley.
Dr. Stephen Dow Beckham will present an illustrated lecture, â€œFifty Years of Writing Oregon History.â€ Beckham is the author of â€œLand of the Umpqua: A History of Douglas Countyâ€ and numerous books and articles on the history of the American West. Beckham, former â€œOregon Professor of the Year,â€ taught for forty-three years until his retirement from Lewis & Clark College. He will draw from research projects on the China Ditch, Bohemia Mining District, the U.S. Armyâ€™s Fort Umpqua, early sawmill operations on the Lower Umpqua, studies at Milltown Hill (Yoncalla) and Elk Creek (Tiller), and the Coos Bay Wagon Road among other topics.
The Floed-Lane house was given in 1959 to the Douglas County Historical Society by the great-granddaughter of General Joseph Lane, Oregonâ€™s first territorial governor. Subsequent to running as candidate for vice-president of the United States in 1860, Lane retired and lived near this home located at 544 SE Douglas, Roseburg. Sarah Emily Lane, a daughter, married John Creed Floed, a pioneer merchant. Because of its great age the building is â€œendangeredâ€ and needs restoration work. The house has served as a museum and headquarters for the Douglas County Historical Society for the past six decades.
Cost for the evening is $25.00 per person.
Contact Information for
Douglas County Historical Society:
P.O. Box 2534, Roseburg, OR 97470