A special Oregon Chautauqua program is planned for Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at the Community Hall in Canyon City.

The program is free and all area residents and their friends and families are welcome to attend.

The special presentation by Tom Nash is entitled "True Stories and Other Fictions in Northwest Oral History." His program at Canyon City is sponsored by the Grant County Library Foundation and Libraries of Eastern Oregon (LEO) as part of a four-county tour made possible by The Oregon Council for the Humanities (OCH).

Nash will look at the elements of folklore embedded in nonfiction stories of frontier Oregon and the West. His engaging program explores the threads of legend and tall tales drawn from Oregon oral histories, and the interplay between memory and actual events.

Nash is a professor at Southern Oregon University, where he specializes in linguistics and folklore. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Nash has received grants to study at Princeton, Yale, and Berkeley.

He is the author of three books, including "The Well-Traveled Casket," a collection of Oregon history and lore. He is completing a fourth volume "Oregon Trails, Oregon Tales."

OCH was founded in 1971 as an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. OCH encourages Oregonians to learn about and discuss social, cultural, and public issues.

For further information, see www.oregonhum.org or contact OCH public programs director Carol E. Hickman at (800) 735-0543, Library Foundation board members Megan Brandsma or Sondra Lino c/o 541-575-2786 or LEO director Lyn Craig at 541-763-2355.

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