At its peak in the mid-1990s, Burley Design Cooperative supported 100 member owners and generated close to $10 million in annual sales. Join sociologist Joel Schoening, a Burley scholar who wrote extensively about the cooperative during its waning years, and journalist and former member Patricia Marshall, who is writing a book about the cooperative, as they revisit Burley’s rags-to-riches tale and discuss the forces that lead to the cooperative’s demise. Joel Schoening conducted research at Burley Design Cooperative while completing his Doctorate in Sociology from the University of Oregon. He works as a policy analyst for Portland Metro and teaches at Pacific University. Patricia Marshall was a Burley employee for many years and has been researching and writing the cooperative’s history.
The Burley Design Cooperative was a Eugene, Oregon based manufacturer of bicycles and bicycle gear that was killed in 2006 when co-op members sold the company to a single investor. (For more background before attending the History Pub, read Bike Portland‘s December, 2010 post What killed the Burley Co-op? An historical perspective.)
Join event co-sponsors Oregon Historical Society and Holy Names Heritage Center at 7pm Monday for a beer and history! Admission is free and this event is all ages. Please bring canned food donations for the Oregon Food Bank!