Stanley Cup to Visit Portland March 21 & 22

Iconic Hockey Championship Trophy to be displayed at the Oregon Historical Society and Moda Center


Portland, OR – March 12, 2014 – The Stanley Cup, the trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League champion, will visit Portland on March 21 and March 22. The visit is sponsored by Columbia Sportswear, the Portland Winterhawks, and the Oregon Historical Society. The Winterhawks and OHS also partnered on an exhibit entitled “Rose City Champions,” which salutes the one hundred year history of hockey in Oregon and is on display at OHS until April 1.


First awarded in 1893, and named for Lord Stanley of Preston, a 19th century Governor General of Canada, the Stanley Cup is made of silver and nickel alloy. It stands 32.25 inches tall and weighs 34.5 pounds. The first American team to play for the Stanley Cup was the Portland Rosebuds, who held the trophy in 1916 after winning the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, and their name remains engraved on the trophy to this day.


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Remembering Thomas Vaughan

OHS Executive Director, 1954 – 1989

Tom Vaughan

Photo - Courtesy of Marian Wood Kolisch


On December 6, 2013, we lost a dear friend to the Oregon Historical Society, Thomas Vaughan. Executive Director to the Society for over three decades, Tom’s love for history and for Oregon was unmatched. In 1989, Tom was unanimously designated as Oregon’s Historian Laureate, and stayed involved with the Society until his passing.


A public memorial for Tom Vaughan was held on Thursday, March 13 at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church with a reception that followed immediately at the Oregon Historical Society.


In the January 2014 issue of The Historian, OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk reflected on his friendship with Tom, and the important mentorship that he provided:


“When Tom Vaughan passed away on December 6, 2013, at the age of 89, I lost a cherished friend and wise counselor, OHS lost an eloquent advocate, and the State of Oregon lost one of its most distinguished and beloved citizens. Simply put, if love of Oregon is gold, then Tom Vaughan, all by himself, was Fort Knox.” Click to read full article.

Sustainability at Work Awards Silver Certification to Oregon Historical Society

Portland, OR – July 25, 2012 — The Oregon Historical Society has achieved Sustainability at Work’s silver certification and is recognized for its leadership helping make Portland one of the cleanest, most sustainable cities in the country. To earn this honor, the Oregon Historical Society completed numerous actions to benefit our local economy, our community, and our environment, which were verified during an onsite visit with Sustainability at Work Advisors.


“We have taken great strides in making our facilities and day to day business practices more environmentally responsible, and we are thrilled to receive the Sustainability at Work’s silver certification,” says OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. “Our staff has done a tremendous job at making these green initiatives a top priority, and I am pleased at the progress we have made as an organization in this past year.”


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