For many years, Eugene was home to thriving canneries that processed local produce from nearby farms. The last remaining cannery was Agripac, which was 100 years old when it closed in 2000. Purchased by Chiquita, the cannery was slated for demolition when the City of Eugene received a grant to document it for historic purposes first. The local Emerald Photographic Society won the bid and proceeded to document every workstation, nook, cranny, and worker with video and photographs.
See their work when Bruce Bittle and other members of the Emerald Photographic Society give an illustrated talk about this episode, in honor of Historic Preservation Month. Topics will include Chiquita’s attempts to block the documentarians, and how local Agripac workers and others overcame those efforts.
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