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11/19/2007 Linfield sesquicentennial book focus of reading

McMINNVILLE – A new book tracing the 150-year history of Linfield College will be the focus of a reading Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in the Jereld R. Nicholson at Linfield College.

Marvin Henberg, professor of philosophy, and author of "Inspired Pragmatism: An Illustrated History of Linfield College," will discuss the writing of the book and will show a few images from Linfield’s past.

It took Henberg 16 months of reading thousands of pages of student newspapers, board minutes, press clippings, catalogs and bulletins, and sorting through hundreds of historic photos to write "Inspired Pragmatism: An Illustrated History of Linfield College."

Much of his research stemmed from earlier work he tackled during the 11 years he served as dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs. He also served as interim president at Linfield during 2005-06.

The result is a richly illustrated volume that, through photos and stories, traces the history of Linfield College from its origins to the eve of its sesquicentennial celebration on Jan. 30, 2008. The college's charter served as an act of hope and inspiration for the original Baptist founders. Those who later inherited responsibility for Linfield found that keeping the college alive proved to be an exercise in pragmatism in the highest and best sense. The book tells the story of the many men and women who have not only shaped Linfield, but played important roles in Oregon, the Northwest and the nation. The book was released in November and is available through the Linfield Bookstore.

The books will be for sale at the reading and Henberg will be available for signing them following the reading.

The Readings at the Nick series is sponsored by the Friends of Nicholson Library and Friends of the McMinnville Public Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, 503-883-2517.