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BPA. WWII & Aluminum in the PNW

August 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$5.00 – $18.00

BPA, WWII & Aluminum in the PNW. A Historic Perspective with Libby Burke

We are very excited to welcome Libby Burke back to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center on Friday, August 16 as she gives her popular program on the Bonneville Power Administration’s service during World War II. Even before the US entered the war at the end of 1941, the production of metallurgy and aluminum was ramping up along the Columbia, due to the readily available and abundant hydropower from the Bonneville and Grand Coulee dams, transmitted by direct service from BPA.

The program is highlighted by historical photos from BPA’s extensive photo archives, and the rarely-seen color film “Power Builds Ships,” about the acceleration of the ship building industry in Portland and Vancouver in the onset of the war. Libby’s program will include a new section on the aluminum industry along the Columbia after the war, highlighting the plant in The Dalles.
Libby has given two previous programs at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center: “Woody Guthrie and the Columbia River Songs” in 2017, which she recently presented to great acclaim at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Okla., and “High Voltage: An Introduction to the HVDC Test Center” this past March.

Call the front desk at 541.296.8600 #201 or learn more online or purchase tickets below. The dinner menu is curried chicken with jasmine rice, beet and goat cheese salad, dinner rolls, dessert $18 with local beer and wine available for purchase. The program only is $5.00. Please purchase tickets by August 14.


Libby Burke is the archivist at the Bonneville Power Administration Library, where she has curated two successful BPA film collections and is working on a third. She presently oversees the digitization of all of the library’s BPA documents (everything written by, for or about BPA); this five-year project is nearing completion.  She also specializes in programs on various aspects of BPA history.

Libby received her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington Information School and went on to receive a Graduate Certificate in Archives from Western Washington University. As a graduate student, she was instrumental in starting the film archives at the University Libraries Special Collections, and created access to a vast collection of maritime blueprints at the National Archives in Seattle.

She came to the BPA Library in 2012 from the Lyman Museum and Mission House in Hilo, Hawai’i, where she processed the Hawai’i Macadamia Nut Industry collection, and participated in the pilot project for [’Ulu’ulu: The Henry Ku’ualoha Giugni] Moving Image Archive of Hawai’i.


August 16, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5.00 – $18.00
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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum
5000 Discovery Drive
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
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541.296.8600 #201


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