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History of Depression, BPA topic of lecture

The Columbian

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian will visit Portland next month for an event to discuss the Bonneville Power Administration and its role in lifting the region out of the Great Depression.

David Kennedy, a professor of history at Stanford University, will speak at the Nov. 1 event that celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Bonneville Power Administration’s founding. Since the Bonneville Project Act was signed into law in 1937, the hydroelectric power facilities it helped build on the Columbia River continue to power a Northwest economy. The power also helped fuel the Allied victory in World War II, according to the Oregon Historical Society.

Kennedy’s lecture begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the First Congregational Church, 1126 S.W. Park Ave. in Portland. Tickets are $15, or $10 for Oregon Historical Society members.