T.N.T. w/ Clatsop County Historical Society: Pestered by Plague

Join us on Thursday, October 19th in the Lovell Showroom for “T.N.T.: Pestered by Plague” presented by Dr. Friedrich Schuler.

Dr. Friedrich Schuler, Professor Emeritus of History at Portland State University, will present “Pestered by Plague,” which expands upon his book of the same title, telling the story of how Dr. Hill Hastings converted the old cannery at Knappton, WA, into a quarantine station while the plague was raging in San Francisco and Honolulu. Hastings’s efforts positively influenced Astorian leaders and citizens as they prepared for the arrival of the Black Death. He checked the worst impulses of local anti-science politicians, inconsiderate maritime operators, and megalomaniac entrepreneurs. Partly due to his efforts, we remember Astoria’s Regatta of the summer of 1900 but not the plague’s scary shadow that nature cast over the river during these weeks. Here is a key historical lesson for our era of COVID-19, Ebola, or whatever virus nature will send to the Columbia River.

Doors to the Lovell Showroom open at 6 pm with food and beverages available via the Taproom window, talk starts at 7pm. All ages welcome and never a cover.

The Thursday Lecture Series is a reoccurring community lecture series every Thursday, October through May. Thank you to our 2023/2024 Partners –

  • 1st Thursdays – Ales & Ideas w/ Clatsop Community College
  • 2nd Thursdays – Wit & Wisdom w/ Philosofarian
  • 3rd Thursdays – Thursday Night Talk w/ Clatsop County Historical Society
  • 4th Thursdays – Nature Matters w/ Lewis & Clark National Historic Park, Lewis & Clark National Park Association, and North Coast Watershed Association

WHERE: Fort George Brewery Lovell Showroom, 1483 Duane St. Astoria , Oregon 97103 Map