The Newport 60+ Activity Center will present a talk by John Baker, author of “Camp Adair: the Story of a World War II Cantonment,” on Thursday, July 11, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Since 1979, Baker has been a high school teacher, college teacher, dean and vice-president, retailer, shopping mall developer and has owned his own consulting company, Northwest Management Specialists, Inc. In addition to sharing the history of Camp Adair, he will discuss his new book in progress, “Oregon, the World War II Story,” depicting Oregon as both war front and home front.
Camp Adair was a United States Army division training facility established north of Corvallis, operating from 1942 to 1946. It was named in honor of Henry Rodney Adair, an Astoria native, West Point graduate and descendant of Oregon pioneers, who was the first Oregonian killed during the 1916 Mexican border clashes. During its peak period of use, the camp was home to approximately 40,000 people.
Camp Adair included about 1,800 buildings, which included barracks, a hospital, a bakery, a post office, a bank, 13 post exchange stores, five movie theaters, and 11 chapels, among other structures.
The Newport 60+ Activity Center is located at 20 SE Second St. For more information, call 541-265-9617. For a complete list of trips, classes or events, go online at www.newportoregon.gov/sc.