Director of Watzek Library publishes book on Oregon’s utopian heritage
Jim Kopp, director of the Aubrey Watzek Library:
In February, Kopp published Eden Within Eden: Oregon’s Utopian Heritage. This book surveys Oregon’s utopian history in relation to communal experiments. Since 1856, with the establishment of the Aurora Colony, there have been over 300 communities within Oregon, ranging from religious groups to Socialists to the ecologically friendly. Kopp explores the social, political, and cultural effects these utopian communities have had on Oregon’s history.