Brown Bag Lunches

You may view the previous live streams of our brown bag lectures on our YouTube page!

The Library holds a series of Brown Bag lunches, presentations and conversations concerning The Josephy Center, our Wallowa community, Indians, and Western history and culture. Programs have examined the Civil War in the West, fire in the Wallowas, the evolution of canyon ranching and horse gear, flint knapping and Indian tools, weeds and plants of the Wallowas, etc.

Brown Bags are generally held first and third Tuesdays at noon, and are open and free to the public. For current programs, you can also check the calendar, or sign on to be a “friend of the library” and get frequent updates. We sometimes have brown bags on the 2nd Tuesday as well, featuring music. Due to the pandemic, our brown bag lectures are currently conducted via zoom.

Virtual Brown Bags

Tuesday, January 26 at noon:

The Vaccine

Dr. Clay Josephy will return to update us on COVID-19 and speak on the vaccine.


Tuesday, February 2 at noon:

The Nature Conservancy: Buck Tag Raffle

Chad Dotson of The Nature Conservancy will be explaining their tag donation program–of which The Josephy Center is a current beneficiary! Chad Dotson is 5th generation Wallowa County and his new son Max gives him generation 6.  After growing up in land and wildlife management, he acted as the hunting guide on the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve for five years before becoming a full time Preserve Steward for the Nature Conservancy, a position he has held for the last three years.


Tuesday, February 9 at noon:

Key to our Future: Josephy Capital Campaign


Tuesday, February 16 at noon:

Emotional Support Animals


Tuesday, February 23 at noon:

Black History Month Book Group: R. Gregory Nokes

In Breaking Chains, Greg tells the story of the only slavery case adjudicated in Oregon’s pre-Civil War courts–Holmes v. Ford. Through the lens of this landmark case, Nokes explores the historical context of racism in Oregon and the West, reminding readers that there actually were slaves in Oregon…please read the book with us beforehand!