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 Chelsea Rose

Chelsea Rose

Chelsea Rose is an historical archaeologist who focuses on the settlement and development of the American West. She graduated with honors from the University of Oregon, and received her graduate degree in Cultural Resources Management from Sonoma State University. Rose’s recent work has included research in the Jacksonville Chinese Quarter, the homestead of frontier photographer Peter Britt, the native Hawaiian mining camp of Kanaka Flat, and the Historic Applegate Trail. Rose hosts Underground History, a monthly radio segment on JPR's the Jefferson Exchange, and serves on the Oregon Heritage Commission, and the Oregon Historical Quarterly editorial board.

  • There is at least one saloon at the center of most stories about the American West, so when the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) was asked to dig into the history of one of our region’s—and state’s—oldest breweries, we jumped at the chance!
  • While archaeologists tend to be interested in most aspects of the past, it shouldn’t be surprising that a huge chunk of our time goes into thinking about food.
  • I am writing this on February 14, 2021, Oregon’s 162 birthday. The commemoration of the creation of the beaver state is a good time to reflect on the vast history of the place we now call Oregon.
  • A few months back, I wrote about how we were living through history, and boy have we lived through some history since I typed those words.
  • With disruptions to many summer plans, southern Oregon and northern California residents have been increasingly turning to their own backyards for recreation, inspiration, and much needed change of scenery.
  • Current events have highlighted that we can all benefit from some self-reflection and education during these extraordinary times.
  • I am writing this in mid-April, roughly a month into extreme social distancing measures.