The Columbia River Maritime Museum sponsors an Oregon Chautauqua program by Barbara Bernstein, "Rivers that Were," at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27.

In the free public program, Bernstein draws on her award-winning public radio documentary to explore the long-term consequences of more than a century of redesigning rivers in the West. Through lecture, discussion, audio clips and a slide show, she recreates the landscapes, wildlife and cultures that once flourished throughout the Columbia River Basin. Bernstein explains the interconnectivity of the entire watershed, best exemplified by the life history of the salmon and the consequences of destroying its historic habitat to suit commercial and industrial needs.

"Rivers that Were" asks audiences to consider how water issues in their own communities contrast with the concerns of neighboring but drastically different regions. Her program is made possible by funding from the Oregon Council for the Humanities, an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Located at 1792 Marine Drive, the Columbia River Maritime Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For information about this program, call Betsey Ellerbroek at (503) 325-2323.

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