Statue of Opal in new Cottage Grove Library, donated by South Lane Mental HealthOpal, age 18 - photo touch up by Steve McQuiddy

Discover the Magic & Mystery of Opal

Opal Whiteley Has Been Called

A Genius, a Mystic and a Great Nature Writer

But, Some Say Opal was a Fraud or a Madwoman

Discover ... "The Last Literary Mystery of the 20th Century"

by Stephen Williamson, Cottage Grove, Oregon





Welcome to the Opal Whiteley Memorial

The Internet Home Opal Whiteley, a.k.a. Francoise Marie de Bourbon D'Orleans

Look in Opal's Log for News & Research


A Treasure Trove of Links to Explore Opal and Her Writings
Read our Review of Katherine Beck's Controversial Book, Opal
See a Fragment of Opal's Lost Diary & Learn More Fascinating Facts




Opal at age 9, 1907

Never Heard of Opal Whiteley?   Read this First!

Read a short bio of Opal Whiteley & learn why so many people enjoy her writings


See RARE Pictures of Opal & the People in her Diary

University of Oregon site with dozens of historic photos collected by Stephen Williamson
see pictures of Sadie McKibben & the Man Who Wears Grey Neckties & is Kind to Mice





New 2010 BBC Radio and OPB TV Programs about Opal Whiteley

Both the BBC, British Broadcasting System AND Oregon's Public Broadcasting have new programs on Opal!
  You can listen and watch them here! Both are excellent intros to her story.

Download & Listen to BBC Radio's "Who Was Opal"

RIGHT CLICK to download the 30 minute MP3 audio file here


Watch Online OPBs Oregon Experience Television Program

http://www.opb.org/programs/oregonexperience/programs/27-Opal-Whiteley



Opal, about age 3 - 1901


DISCOVER OPAL ONLINE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGONSteve is a research assistant with Opal Online


Visit Opal Online - read her Diary, View Rare Photos & Much More!

From Dr. Lynne Anderson & CATE, Center for Advanced Technology in Education
Stephen Williamson is a Research Assistant on this exciting project





Listen to Opal's Words & Music

Beauty Attends
The Heartsongs of Opal Whiteley

Contemporary folk artist Anne Hills has released a beautiful new CD of Opal's words put to music.
These are not about Opal or inspired by her. Each song is the actual words of Opal Whiteley put to music. Beautiful!
It has many of Opal's best loved passages set to music     HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Order online or in ITunes

http://www.myspace.com/annehills




COMING SOON!   OPAL .... The Movie

Here is a link to a NEW movie about Opal Whiteley. It is produced by Dina Ciraulo in San Francisco.
They have released trailers and clips on You Tube.  Follow it on Facebook!

http://opalthemovie.com/

http://www.myspace.com/opalthemovie
 
http://twitter.com/opalthemovie


Opal On Facebook




Mosby Creek Bridge across the Riviere

Explore Opal's Fairyland in Oregon


View the Beautiful Mural of Opal in Cottage Grove & See the Covered Bridges


Take an Automobile or Bike Tour of the Diary - see the places Opal writes about




Schizophrenia or Autism?  Did Opal have Asperger's Syndrome?

Opal spent almost half a century in a mental hospital diagnosed with schizophrenia. However, several years ago I took another look at her and now think Autism/Asperger's would be a more accurate diagnosis.  Nothing can be known for certain, but much of Opal's story turns out to be true.
She cannot easily be dismissed as "crazy" and she certainly did not need to spent most of her life in an asylum.

 

Cover of Katherine Beck's new book about Opal

Cover of Katherine Beck's new book about Opal

 

Read our Review of Katherine Beck's Controversial Book, Opal





Read Opal Whiteley's Writings Online

Opal's Diary Online with Pictures!  University of Oregon

The Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE) at the University of Oregon has reprinted her original 1920 diary.
CATE develops learning tools for students around the world. Opal was a student at the UofO in 1917-1918 - perhaps UofO's most mysterious student.
Opal Online is the brainchild Dr. Lynne Anderson. She asked Stephen Williamson to assist in filling Opal's diary with rare photos and text notes.



Read the Fairyland Around Us

"The Fairyland Around Us" was Opal's first book - out of print for 85 years - complete with all photos & drawings. 
Fairyland is the key to understanding much about the life of Opal Whiteley, and a wonderful book to read.
Developed by David Caruso who did a beautiful job with Opal's Fairyland..She self published it in1919.



The Flower of Stars - Opal's 1923 Poems

Opal published these poems in 1923 - shortly before leaving the US.  Here are selections from this rare book.
Jennifer Harper is working to publish a new edition of the poems with notes.




Many Versions of Opal's Diary Available

There are now at least 5 versions of Opal's diary in print - an edition for all ages, including children.  
It has been translated into French, German and Chinese. Stephen Williamson wrote the introduction for the German and Chinese edition





Maeda, from Japan, circa 1902 in Marcola, Oregon

Ping Yang on the Mohawk

The Forgotten Asians of Western Oregon

In addition to researching the life of Opal Whiteley, Steve has written the forgotten history of Asians in early Marcola, Oregon.
Opal lived in Marcola as a small child. Discover where Opal lived before moving to Cottage Grove in 1904.
Read the story of the Ping Yang School bombings
not long before Opal moved to Marcola / Wendling.
Steve is also co-chair of the annual Oregon Asian Celebration's Heritage Exhibit that draws thousands of visitors.







Opal about age 16

 

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