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2018 History Makers Announced; Gala Celebration Set for October 7

February 22, 2018

The Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal. First awarded in 2009, the History Makers Medal is regarded as one of Oregon’s most prestigious honors and is presented annually by OHS to individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon. The Oregon History Makers Medal will be presented at a dinner at the historic Montgomery Park building in Portland on Sunday, October 7, 2018. The 2018 Oregon History Makers Medal recipients are Stacy Allison (adventurer, author, & businesswoman), Edward “Ed” Ray (transformational higher education leader), Bill Stoller (visionary business leader & philanthropist), and Bob’s Red Mill (revolutionary producer of natural, certified organic and gluten-free milled grain products).

Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years Opens January 15

January 5, 2018

On January 15, the Oregon Black Pioneers, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Oregon’s African American heritage, unveils its fourth exhibition at the Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland. In celebration of the opening, admission will be free for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. On view through June 24, Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years is a groundbreaking exhibit that details the courage, struggle, and progress of Oregon’s Black residents during the 1960s and 1970s and the reverberation of those issues today. This interactive display traces the ways that discrimination practices affected Oregon’s Black community and spurred the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon.

Local Attractions Offer Reciprocal Admission to Members in 2018

December 13, 2017

Back by popular demand, museums and attractions in the Portland metro area and beyond have teamed up to offer a reciprocal membership program in 2018. Created by members of the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance (PAMA) in 2015, this special promotion was initiated as a way to show appreciation for each attraction’s loyal members, as well as to highlight the important role that cultural attractions play in the community. PAMA is excited to announce the addition of four new attractions to the reciprocal membership program. The Architectural Heritage Center, Clark County Historical Museum, Columbia River Maritime Museum, and Oregon Coast Aquarium join the Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center, Oregon Historical Society, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Washington County Museum, & Deepwood Museum & Gardens in offering its members free admission for up to four people during the months listed.

Santa’s Coming to the Oregon Historical Society!

December 8, 2017

Santa Claus will be landing his sleigh in Santaland this month at the Oregon Historical Society! All are welcome to visit Santa Claus from 12pm to 4pm on December 9, 10, 16, 17, and 23. Admission to Santaland and to see Santa is free, and visitors are invited to take their own photos with St. Nick. Items from Meier & Frank’s popular Santaland display will be on view at the Oregon Historical Society through December. The display, donated to OHS following the closure of Macy’s downtown store this past year, includes Santa’s chair, Rudolph, animatronic elves, and a decorated Christmas tree!

Meet over 85 local authors at the Oregon Historical Society’s 50th annual Holiday Cheer book sale & literary celebration

November 22, 2017

Shop local this holiday season and join the Oregon Historical Society on Sunday, December 3 for Holiday Cheer, a festive book sale & literary celebration! Chat with 85 local authors and make a dent in your holiday shopping by picking up the perfect personalized gift. Holiday Cheer begins at noon at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Downtown Portland) and authors will be signing until 4pm. Admission is free to both the book sale and to the museum. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this Portland tradition is a chance to celebrate the rich literary talents in Oregon and marks the start of the holiday season at the Oregon Historical Society. Authors are spread throughout the museum, selling everything from children’s books to cookbooks to mysteries to histories! All featured authors have published a book in 2017, though many will also have past titles available.

Press Coverage

Historical Society exhibit turns dial to KBOO radio

January 25, 2018

By Joseph Gallivan, Portland Tribune. The inside of KBOO radio station already looks like a museum: yellowing posters, brown sound insulation, yards of LPs, dusty shelves of digital audotapes piled on other tapes piled on books and binders. So how do you put radio in a museum? It's a tricky job, and the Oregon Historical Society has assigned one room to the celebratory exhibit called "50 Years of KBOO." It's mainly posterboard collages, plus four glass cabinets. The collages chronicle key moments of the station that has been a Johnny Appleseed (preferred pronouns they/them) of community radio for an impressive half-century. The glass cabinets contain vintage sound equipment and ephemera such as printed program guides, T-shirts and coffee mugs.

Police Chief: Portland can't ignore history of racial inequality if it wants to improve

January 22, 2018

By Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian/OregonLive. Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said Monday that she deliberately chose the Oregon Historical Society and its "Racing for Change, Oregon's Civil Rights Years'' exhibit as the setting for her swearing-in ceremony to "address the elephant in the room.'' She described an era of early policing in the nation's history when sheriffs enforced segregation in the South and officers received political payoffs to turn a blind eye to a politician's illegal prostitution or drinking. "Here in Portland, the issue of racial inequality and displacement still lurks in the undercurrent of a very progressive city,'' Outlaw said moments after she was formally sworn in as the city's first African American female chief. The ceremony comes after Outlaw has been in the job for three and a half months. "We cannot effectively address crime reduction and community engagement and inclusion or organizational excellence through an equity and inclusion lens if we ignore our history.''

'Racing to Change' connects past to present

January 16, 2018

By Jennifer Anderson, Portland Tribune. If you take one thing away from "Racing to Change," it's that history definitely repeats itself. The newest interactive exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society — focusing on Oregon's black pioneers during the civil rights era — is a powerful, educational and inspiring window into a world that might have technically passed but is still ever-present in today's Black Lives Matter movement and other race-related struggles. "There was lot of residual from Oregon's racial history — employment, public accommodation, housing issues" and other racist policies that have persisted, says Gwen Carr, board secretary of the Oregon Black Pioneers, the Salem-based nonprofit presenting the event.

In Depth: MLK Day at OHS!

January 15, 2018

By KXL-Morning News. New exhibit on civil rights opens today at the Oregon Historical Society. Pat talked about it with Executive Director, Kerry Tymchuk.

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