Remembering Thomas Vaughan
OHS Executive Director, 1954 – 1989
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 is scheduled for Thursday, March 13 at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church (1126 SW Park Avenue, Portland). A reception will immediately follow the service at the Oregon Historical Society. Please RSVP to John.Sorensen@ohs.org if you plan to attend.
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.
Oregon Students Compete in National History Day Competition in Washington, D.C.
Portland, OR – July 16, 2013 – On June 10, 2013, 13 Oregon students traveled to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National History Day competition. The four day competition at the University of Maryland College Park campus featured students in grades 6-12 from every state in the nation. The Oregon Historical Society’s Education Manager Denise Brock acted as chaperone, and of the 13 finalists two Oregon students won awards for “outstanding entries.” Finalist Olivia Winter from Timber, Oregon, wrote a paper titled “Perkin’s Mauve: A Turning Point in Western Textile History and Culture.” The other finalist, her brother, Dominick, submitted a website to the competition titled “From Quill Pens to Metal Type: Gutenberg’s Press.” The website can be seen at http://35410023.nhd.weebly.com/.
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Oregon History Rocks Billboard Competition Winner Philip Chan Surprised at Rosemont Ridge Middle School Assembly
Portland, OR – June 12, 2013 – On the morning of June 11, 6th grader Philip Chan was announced as the winner of the Oregon History Rocks Billboard Art Competition in the middle of a school assembly. Oregon Historical Society Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk and Clear Channel Outdoor Vice President of Real Estate and Public Affairs Dan Dhruva unveiled the winning design in front of the students, with the help of Philip’s two best friends.
When asked to describe his design, Philip said that he wanted to highlight “what makes Oregon special.” His billboard included many state symbols like the Western Meadowlark and the Oregon Grape, as well as Lewis and Clark, Sacagawea, and a Conestoga wagon.
Co-sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society and Clear Channel Outdoor, Oregon students across the state were challenged to design a billboard highlighting why Oregon’s history rocks. Philip’s design was chosen among dozens of entries across our state, and it will be produced into an actual 14 foot by 48 foot billboard on display in Portland at the end of the summer.
Oregon Historical Society announces Brian J. Carter as new Director of Museum Services and Education
The Oregon Historical Society announced today that Brian J. Carter has been selected as Director of Museum Services and Education. Carter, who is currently the Deputy Director of the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle, will succeed long-time OHS employee Marsha Matthews, who is retiring on February 1, 2013. Carter will assume his new responsibilities on March 4, 2013. Carter has worked at the Northwest African American History Museum since 2006, where he helped lead the museum from an idea to a reality, and oversaw a major strategic planning process.
A native of Yakima, Washington, Carter earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Stanford University in 2001, and received his Masters of Arts Degree in Museology from the University of Washington in 2006. Please click here to read full press release.
CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL COMING TO OREGON
Portland, OR – September 13, 2012 – The Smithsonian Institution and the National Veterans Network announced today that the Oregon History Museum in Portland has been chosen as one of seven museums in the United States to host an exhibit featuring the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Japanese-American World War II veterans. An associated educational program will accompany the Medal on its tour across the country.
The Congressional Gold Medal was awarded in 2011 by the United States Congress to the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service in recognition of their exceptional service, sacrifice, and loyalty to America, even while many of their parents and other family members were held in internment camps. Pleas click here to read full press release.
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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Oregon Historical Society Appoints Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director
In a formal meeting today, the Oregon Historical Society Board of Trustees voted to remove the “Interim” from Kerry Tymchuk’s title, appointing him Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society.
“Kerry Tymchuk has achieved several notable goals since joining OHS as Interim Executive Director last April. His masterful facilitation has renewed public support for OHS and his ability to nurture relationships and spread enthusiasm for history is truly remarkable” says Board President Jerry Hudson. “We are delighted that he has chosen to accept the Executive Director position."
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