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Events held third Saturday of month for three months feature topics related to local history

INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - The speaker series takes place at the Historical Woodburn Museum, located on Front Street.The Historical Woodburn Museum is launching a new speaker series called The Historian Speaks.

Events will be held at 1 p.m. the third Saturday of each month from September through November at the Historical Woodburn Museum, which is located at 455 N. Front St.

Each month, visitors will be greeted by a new historian. Topics will include Native American history, Oregon cemeteries and Portland minor league baseball. Light refreshments are provided.

Bill Stoddard will speak at the first event on Sept. 16. He is a specialist in the history of the Native American culture and flintknapping in the Willamette Valley.

Kuri Gill will be the speaker on Oct. 21. Gill is the coordinator of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Historic Cemetery Program. In honor of Halloween, she will share her expertise on the history of Oregon's cemeteries.

Frank Peters will speak on Nov. 18. Peters was the manager of the Portland Mavericks, an independent minor league baseball team that played for only five seasons in the 1970s. Peters is featured in "The Battered Bastards of Baseball," the Netflix-distributed documentary about the team released in 2014.

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