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Arts & Culture
9:26 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Long Time Eugene resident Virginia Hendrickson Shares Memories

Virginia Hendrickson and Janet Heinonen.
Credit Storycatchers

Storycatchers helps local folks share stories and preserve memories from the Eugene community. Virginia Hendrickson has lived in Eugene since 1915 and became a respected journalist at the Register-Guard. Her long time neighbor, Janet Heinonen, sat down with Virginia to capture her story. Edited by Evelyn Thorne.
To hear more stories and learn how to record your story visit storycatchers.org.

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Hanford
8:34 am
Fri September 27, 2013

JFK Visited Hanford 50 Years Ago, Trying To De-Escalate Cold War

U.S. Department of Energy

Fifty years ago Thursday, President John F. Kennedy stepped off a Marine helicopter into the dry heat of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. He was there to see the massive new N Reactor. The reactor was the first to produce both plutonium and power in the U.S. As Correspondent Anna King reports, the visit also was part of Kennedy’s efforts to de-escalate the Cold War.

Hanford worker Bill McCullough remembers Sept. 26, 1963 clearly when President Kennedy came to visit.
Bill McCullough: “It was a very hot day, and we hit bumper to bumper traffic.”

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Oregon Capitol
7:25 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Oregon Capitol Building Turns 75 Years Old

The view looking straight up into the interior of the Oregon state capitol rotunda.
Credit Chris Lehman

You've seen those safety posters marking so many days since a workplace injury. Oregon's state capitol building could have one that says "75 years without burning to the ground!" The original two went up in flames. Now, a series of events scheduled next week will mark the 75th anniversary of Oregon's third and longest standing state capitol. The celebration comes as lawmakers consider a $300 million overhaul.

Frankie Bell is perhaps the ultimate state capitol tour guide. She's worked in the building for more than half its existence.

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