The History & Future of the Grange

Sunday, March 12

Silverton historian Gus Frederick will be presenting his talk “The History and Future of the Grange in Transition,” about how the Grange movement started, both nationally and here in Oregon, and how it has remained an active part of rural communities to this day. At the Silverton Grange, on Sunday, March 12, 6:00 pm. Join us prior for a potluck dinner and social hour starting at 5:00.

Background from the Green Grangers Interest Group:

The Order of Patrons of Husbandry, generally known as The Grange, started as a radical populist movement from the 1870s that formed in opposition to both monopolistic corporations and their middlemen. This detrimental concentration of resources and the power it creates they reasoned, would result in a society that degraded the producer, violated the public good, and undermined the republic. Over a century later, this situation not only persists, it thrives – fueled by dwindling supplies of non-renewable and toxic fossil fuels.

Over the last 100 years, our society has grown up around the paradigm of cheap energy and rapid mobility. This is changing no matter what anyone feels about it one way or the other. Market forces are driving society as a whole towards a re-localization paradigm, even if many in industry fail to recognize it, or actively oppose it. We see this in our grocery stores with the ever-expanding range of local organic produce; Or in the increase in vibrant Farmer’s Markets and in the creative ingenuity of many of our rural citizens. Many of us feel that the Grange should accept this changing paradigm, and become a major player and even leader in rural communities in transition.

The Silverton Grange Hall is located at 201 Division Street, Silverton. From Main & Water downtown, head south 1.7 miles on Water Street towards Silver Falls State Park, and turn left on Division Street. There is a large State Highway sign for the Grange Hall on the corner.

MLK Day Celebration & Potluck

Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. M.L. King

Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Silverton Grange Hall. Doors open at 5:30 pm for a potluck dinner and social hour, program around 6:30ish.

Join the Silverton Grange and the Silverton People For Peace as we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, for our 13th Annual MLK Day Celebration, an evening of Remembrance, Poetry, Song and Potluck. Free for all, and all are welcome!

Starting with just a few volunteers in 2003, The Silverton People For Peace initiated this January tradition of honoring Dr. King as a way to highlight his powerful messages and the examples he left for us to follow. After several years, The Silverton Grange decided to partner with us, and to provide us with a regular venue.

Following a Social Hour & Potluck, our Guest speaker will be Ahjamu Umi, noted Oregon social and racial justice activist and author: “Breaking the Chains of Racism and Intolerance.” Past celebrations have included relevant film showings, poetry and select readings from Dr. King and others involved in the social justice movement. We are proud to continue this tradition into a new decade, and invite one and all to join us in celebrating the life and times of one of this country and this planet’s most endearing citizens.

Dr. Martin Luther King’s challenge 50 years ago to America to “make real the promises of democracy” remains today and his legacy to social and economic justice will be celebrated  at the 12th Annual Silverton MLK Observance, 6:00 p.m., Monday, January 19, at the Silverton Grange, 201 Division, just off of  S. Water. The evening of community potluck, music, short readings and audio samplings of Dr. King’s speeches is co-sponsored by the Silverton Grange and Silverton People for Peace.

The potluck traditionally has featured southern-style cooking with suggested dishes that were Dr. King’s favorites, including macaroni & cheese, pork chops, baked ham, green beans and ham, cooked greens and apple pie. In recognition of Dr. King work as a beacon of hope to the economically disadvantage and in keeping of the tradition of the holiday as one of community service, donations of blankets, coats, hats scarves and gloves – as well as any canned goods – to Silverton Area Community Aid are encouraged.

The Silverton Grange is 1.7 miles south of Main and Water and two blocks east on Division Street. A street sign for the Grange Hall is on S. Water and Division. The event is open to the community.

For more information, call 503.580.8893, email Rose Hope. For more information on this release, contact Robert Sisk at 503.580.8893 or this source.

Our Work is Not Over

“When so many of our nation’s schools are failing, especially those in our poorest rural and urban communities, denying millions of young Americans the chance to fulfill their potential and live out their dreams, we have more work to do.

“When CEOs are making more in ten minutes than the average worker earns in a year, and millions of families lose their homes due to unscrupulous lending, checked neither by a sense of corporate ethics or a vigilant government; when the dream of entering the middle class and staying there is fading for young people in our community, we have more work to do.

“When any human being is denied a life of dignity and respect, no matter whether they live in Anacostia or Appalachia or a village in Africa; when people are trapped in extreme poverty we know how to curb or suffering from diseases we know how to prevent; when they’re going without the medicines that they so desperately need – we have more work to do.


The Healthcare Movie

Click to View Trailer

Click to View Trailer

The Healthcare Movie, narrated by Keifer Sutherland, explores the health care system in Canada: how it came to be, how it works for ordinary Canadians, how it is paid for, and how it compares to its American counterpart. A special screening is set for Silverton here at the Grange on Tuesday, March 4. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

The Healthcare Movie provides the real story of how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so completely different, when at one point they were essentially the same. Most people under the age of 50, in both countries, are not aware of the intensity of the political struggle that led to the universal medical care system in Canada. Nor are they aware of the public relations campaigns, still active today, that have been prevalent in the United States since the early 1900’s to dissuade the public from supporting national health care.

Produced by Canadian/American (now Oregonian) couple Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg, The Healthcare Movie reveals the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to universal health care because of the heroism of people who took a stand nearly 50 years ago. It also reveals the continuing struggle in the United States between the fear of government intervention and the right to quality health care for all people. Every day people are dying or going bankrupt due to the ills of the United States system. Who are we in the face of this human tragedy? If you agree that people are more important than profits, then you must watch this film.

This special Silverton screening is sponsored by the Silverton Grange, Silverton People for Peace, the Main Street Alliance of Oregon and Health Care for All Oregon.

The Silverton Grange Hall is located at 201 Division Street, Silverton. From Main & Water downtown, head south 1.7 miles on Water Street towards Silver Falls State Park, and turn left on Division Street. There is a large State Highway sign for the Grange Hall on the corner.

Grange to Host 1929 VocAg Film

Silverton High School, 1929

Silverton High School, 1929

As part of the Silverton Grange’s monthly lecture series, we start off each of our meetings with a Potluck Dinner Program. For the Sunday, December 4, 2011 meeting, we will feature a presentation on the Silverton High School Vocational Agriculture program from the 1920s, featuring a showing of the recently digitally restored movie by SHS VocAg teacher, Warren Crabtree.

This 24 minute film was originally shot between 1927 and 1929 by Mr. Crabtree to highlight Silverton High School’s Smith-Hughes Vocational Agriculture Program, a Federally funded project designed to instruct rural students in the latest modern agricultural techniques. Crabtree, an amateur filmmaker and photographer, documented his Students progress, with this film and an extensive scrapbook of photos and clippings.

The original footage was shot of 16mm Black and White film, with prints made from it. The reels were provided by Mr. Crabtree’s daughter, Doris, who still lives in Silverton. An earlier analog transfer was created in the early 1980s as part of the Silverton Cable TV Show, “Under the Oak.” The new digital transfer, by Pacific Imaging of Amity, is much crisper, with a vast improvement in image quality.

Additionally, several of the still images that Crabtree filmed as part of the production, were in his scrapbook.  These were scanned and included to replace the 16mm static shots. Doris Crabtree donated her father’s scrapbook to the Silverton Country Museum, which formed the basis for the information in the presentation. The original scrapbook can be viewed at the museum by special arrangement. The original movie was silent, so a supplemental sound track of period popular music was added.

Doors Open at 5:00 – Presentation at 5:30 – Business Meeting to Follow

The Silverton Grange Hall is located at 201 Division Street, Silverton. From Main & Water downtown, head south 1.7 miles on Water Street towards Silver Falls State Park, and turn left on Division Street. There is a large State Highway sign for the Grange Hall on the corner.

Thursday, May 21: The World According to Monsanto

The World According to Monsanto

The World According to Monsanto

For our first Movie Night of the spring growing season, the Silverton Grange will be hosting a showing of a documentary from the National Film Board of Canada, “The World According to Monsanto.” Monsanto is the world leader in genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as one of the most controversial corporations in industrial history. This century-old empire has created some of the most toxic products ever sold, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the herbicide Agent Orange. Based on a painstaking investigation, Today, Monsanto likes to style itself as a “life sciences” company. The leader in genetically modified seeds, engineered to resist its herbicide Roundup, claims it wants to solve world hunger while protecting the environment.

The World According to Monsanto pieces together the story of the St. Louis, Missouri, corporation, calling on hitherto unpublished documents and first-hand accounts by scientists, civil society representatives, victims of the company’s toxic activities, lawyers, politicians, and representatives of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency. Based on a three-year investigation in North and South America, Europe and Asia, the film tells the tale of an industrial empire that, thanks in part to misleading reports, collusion with the American government, pressure tactics and attempts at corruption, has become one of the world’s biggest seed manufacturers. It shows how the clean, green image conveyed by the company’s advertising serves as a smoke screen for Monsanto’s quest for market supremacy, to the detriment of global food security and environmental stability.

Doors open at 6:00 with showtime at 6:30. Rick North of Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility will lead a question and answer session after the movie with useful tips on how to avoid GE products. The Silverton Grange Hall is located at 201 Division St., Silverton. From Main & Water, head south 1.7 miles on Water St. towards the Falls, and turn left on Division St.