Oregon History Writer Barbara S. Mahoney to Speak at Stayton Public Library
STAYTON, Ore. -- The Stayton Public Library is excited to announce a visit featuring author Barbara S. Mahoney on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the E. G. Siegmund Meeting Room. There will be a reception accompanying the event.

Barbara S. Mahoney is a historian whose interest in Oregon history began when she moved with her family to Salem, Oregon, in 1976. She has contributed a number of entries to the Oregon Encyclopedia and is the author of Dispatches and Dictators, a biography of Oregon native Ralph Barnes, who was a foreign correspondent in Europe in the 1930s. Dispatches and Dictators won the Oregon Book Award for Literary Nonfiction in 2003.

In her newest book, The Salem Clique: Oregon’s Founding Brothers, Mahoney examines a group of young men in the 1850s that were blamed for causing political conflict during an already contentious time when Oregon was progressing towards statehood. These men were accused of dictatorship, intending to bring slavery to the Oregon Territory, and even to establish a “bigamous Mormon republic” separate from the United States. 

The Stayton Public Library’s speaking events for 2017 are made possible, in part, by funding from the Marion County Cultural Corporation and the Stayton Friends of the Library.