Venue/Location: Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Phone: 503-249-3983
Date: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 7:00 PM
Screening of Finding David Douglas and Q&A with filmmaker Lois Leonard
Admission: Free to the public.
The compelling story of the intrepid 19th century Scots botanist David Douglas is told in this tri-national production. Finding David Douglas transports viewers to England and Scotland; treks through locations in Oregon, Washington, California and British Columbia; sweeps across the high Canadian Rockies to remote York Factory on Hudson Bay; and reaches Douglas's mysterious final destination on the Big Island of Hawaii. The film focuses on Douglas's groundbreaking contributions to science – the Douglas fir and many more plant and animal species are named for him. It details his relations within the multi-cultural community of the Hudson's Bay Company and the many Indian tribes he visited.
This hour-long documentary is produced by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission in collaboration with Forestry Commission Scotland and the U.S. Forest Service.
Lois Leonard has worked in the field of public history and museums for more than twenty-five years. Her work includes the creation and management of nationally recognized exhibitions, documentary videos and publications. As curator of exhibits at the Oregon Historical Society, she organized more than sixty exhibits, including museums for national corporations and a major international exhibition, Crosscurrents: Oregon and the North Pacific, that traveled to the Soviet Far East in 1990.
Her work has received regional and national awards, and her films broadcast on Oregon Public Broadcasting and the History Channel.