NEW!! Opal Whiteley's "Fairyland Diaries"
Over 180 Newly Uncovered Entries From Ages 9-19
Discover Opal's Magic
Opal Whiteley Has Been Called
A Genius, Mystic & Great Nature Writer
But, also a Fraud and a Madwoman
Discover ..."The Last Literary Mystery of the
UPDATED - NOVEMBER 2018
View the Original Fairyland Around Us Online
Fewer than 50 copies of Fairyland are known. Now, you can easily read Opal's entire book!
See David Caruso’s Beautiful Fairyland - (David put the book online first)
Welcome to The Opal
Internet Home Opal Whiteley, a.k.a. Francoise Marie de Bourbon
Read a short bio of Opal Whiteley
& learn why people enjoy her writings
Opal's Log for News!
A Treasure Trove of Links to Explore Opal and Her Writings
See a Fragment of Opal's Lost Diary & Learn More
Explore "Opal's Oregon Fairyland"
View UPDATED OPAL TOUR from Cottage Grove Historical Society!
Explore Fairyland with this tour
by Steve Williamson & Alice Christianson
You can download & print this beautiful 2017 Opal
by Alice Christianson, Graphic Artist
Mural of Opal in Cottage Grove
View Opal's Mural & Covered Bridges
an Opal Whiteley Video Tour of Cottage Grove
Steve directs a 10 min tour of
Opal Sights in and around Cottage Grove
Radio & TV Shows About Opal
Both the BBC, British Broadcasting System AND Oregon's
Public Broadcasting have programs on Opal
You can listen
and watch them here! Both are excellent intros to her story.
& Listen to BBC Radio's "Who Was Opal"
Created by Dr. Lynne Anderson & CATE
Stephen Williamson was the Researcher for Opal Online
Our Thanks to Dr. Len Hatfield for getting Opal Online back Online!
Stories Opal Wrote as a Student at UofO in 1917
These Two Stories were Written for Classes
"A Blue Day"- Story about a Girl and Her Uncle
A Message About How To Overcome Depression and Feeling "Blue"
"Our Brothers in the Camps" Opal's Defense of Lumberjacks
Her almost Marxist ringing defense of loggers against a big city businessman
Opal spent almost half a century
in a mental hospital diagnosed with schizophrenia. New Research Shows Autism Syndrome would be more accurate.
Listen to Opal's Words &
artist Anne Hills has released a beautiful new CD of Opal's
words put to music.
The Heartsongs of Opal Whiteley
not about Opal or inspired by her. Each song is the actual words
of Opal Whiteley put to music. Beautiful!
many of Opal's best loved passages set to music HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
at Amazon or I Tunes
Opal - The Award Winning Musical
Opal's diary was also an award winning Broadway musical by Rob Lindsey-Nassif!
He knew Opal Whiteley and played her the songs from the musical.
Rob has devoted years of his life to preserving her memory.
Watch the Opal Musical on You Tube
OPAL - The Movie
Here is a link to a movie about Opal. It is
produced by Dina Ciraulo. Here is the Preview
Read Opal's Diary Online
of Oregon site with dozens of historic photos collected by
see pictures of Sadie McKibben & the Man Who Wears Grey
The Center for
Advanced Technology in Education (CATE) at the University of
Oregon reprinted her original 1920 diary.
CATE developed learning tools for students around the world. Opal was a student
at the UofO in 1917-1918 - perhaps its most mysterious
Opal Online is
the brainchild Dr. Lynne Anderson. She asked Stephen Williamson
to assist in filling Opal's diary with rare photos and text
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.
There are now at least 5 versions of
Opal's diary in print - an edition for all ages, including
It has been translated into French,
German and Chinese. Stephen Williamson wrote the introduction
for the German and Chinese edition
Ping Yang on the Mohawk
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
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Updates about Opal Whiteley
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Opal Whiteley Memorial