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Sea Otter Fur Trade Talk w/ Cameron La Follette
September 8, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Come to Coos History Museum for a talk about the sea otter fur trade. This presentation will trace the history of Oregon’s sea otters, beginning with the early maritime trade, through the period of the major fur companies such as Hudson’s Bay Company, to the time of the late hunting bonanza. The presentation, in partnership with the Elakha Alliance, will also address the likelihood that sea otters could successfully be reintroduced to Oregon coastal waters.
Speaker Bio: Cameron La Follette is a historian of the Northwest Coast, focusing on land use history, exploration, shipwrecks, and early commercial natural resource extraction. She is also the executive director of Oregon Coast Alliance, a coastal conservation and land use protection organization. She was the lead researcher and author of all the historical articles in the 2018 Oregon Historical Quarterly special issue investigating the 17th-century Spanish galleon shipwreck on the Oregon coast. She has additionally lead-authored two recent books on sustainability and ecological governance.