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
by Stephen Williamson, Cottage Grove, Oregon
Read a short bio of Opal Whiteley
& learn why so many people enjoy her writings
of Oregon site with dozens of historic photos collected by
see pictures of Sadie McKibben & the Man Who Wears Grey
Neckties & is Kind to Mice
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.
Online OPBs Oregon Experience TV Program
& Listen to BBC Radio's "Who Was Opal"
ONLINE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
From Dr. Lynne Anderson & CATE,
Center for Advanced Technology in Education
Stephen Williamson is a Research Assistant on this exciting
Listen to Opal's Words &
artist Anne Hills has released a beautiful new CD of Opal's
words put to music.
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
The Heartsongs of Opal Whiteley
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
Opal spent almost half a century
in a mental hospital diagnosed with schizophrenia.
However, I took another look at her and now think
Autism/Asperger's Syndrome would be more accurate.
Read Opal Whiteley's Writings Online
The Center for
Advanced Technology in Education (CATE) at the University of
Oregon has reprinted her original 1920 diary.
learning tools for students around the world. Opal was a student
at the UofO in 1917-1918 - perhaps UofO's 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
"The Fairyland Around Us" was
Opal's first book - out of print for 85 years - complete with
all photos & drawings.
is the key to understanding much about the life of Opal
Whiteley, and a wonderful book to read.
by David Caruso who did a beautiful job with Opal's
Fairyland..She self published it in1919.
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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