New local history book signing: “Legendary Locals of Bend”

Legendary Locals of BendThis Saturday, February 6, the Deschutes Historical Museum will be hosting a talk and book signing for a new local history book, Legendary Locals of Bend, by Les Joslin. It will start at 1pm and should definitely be of interest to anyone interested in history, local or otherwise.

From the press release:

Just published by Arcadia Publishing for release on January 25, 2016, Legendary Locals of Bend is “a fascinating mix of local legends who could be characterized as ‘the right people, in the right place, at the right time’ who arrived in Central Oregon during the past century and a half to make Bend the fascinating city it has become.”

“Some of these people—explorer John Charles Fremont, publisher George Palmer Putnam, economist William A. Niskanen, and ‘World’s Greatest Athlete’ Ashton Eaton among them—gained national prominence and even global stature. Others were and are more ordinary people who have done and continue to do extraordinary things in an extraordinary place…” called Bend, Oregon.

Mr. Joslin will talk about researching the archives of the Deschutes County Historical Society and about what he calls the “mission impossible” of selecting and writing about the people who populate the pages of this brand new book.

Mr. Joslin, a retired naval officer who moved from Washington, D.C., to Bend just over 28 years ago, worked on the Deschutes National Forest, taught for Central Oregon Community College and Oregon State University, and is a former Board President of the Deschutes County Historical Society.

Right off the bat on the cover I recognize Klondike Kate, Bill Healy, and Alexander Drake. I expect this will be a fun book to read. And this Saturday at 1pm, you can get a signed copy!