Archive | November, 2012

Nov. 14 Program: The Grange: The Movement Overlooked

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Come learn about the surprisingly progressive agenda of the Grange (Not a casino!).

Wednesday, Nov 14, 7-8:30 pm at 236 Smith Center, Portland State University, 1825 SW Broadway.

Born in the aftermath of the Civil War, for more than 140 years the Grange has played an important role in the fight for prosperity and opportunity for farmers and rural Americans. It was at the forefront in lobbying for regulation of transportation and public utilities, the Sherman Anti-Trust Act (1890), the Pure Food and Drug Act (1906) and Universal Suffrage (1919). The Grange has been the driving force behind improving transportation, waterways; rural postal delivery and how we vote. Additionally, it established cooperative stores and elevators.

Featuring Theresa Thorud, Program Director of the Washington–Yamhill Pomona Grange. Thorud has done extensive research on the history of Granges and fraternal insurance.