Join us as we honor the Greatest Generation through an original exhibition, opening 70 years following the end of World War II. In World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed, artifacts and manuscripts from the premier Mark Family Collection illustrate this massive conflict, from the battlefields in North Africa to the home fronts in America. Letters, historic documents, and military uniforms provide a sense of place and give visitors a lens into the many events of World War II, including prominent battles and critical political decisions.
Rooted in a theology that believes in love and in radical interconnectedness that requires community action, the church's ministers and congregants have been involved in creating some of Portland's most enduring charitable institutions, civic improvements, and reforms. This exhibit chronicles the wide range of public contributions First Unitarian has made to the region's history over the last 150 years.
Guns, bombs, planes, tanks, ships, and submarines were the major weapons of World Wars I and II, but the persuasive powers of words and images were critically important in gaining and galvanizing the support of the American public. This sampling of posters from the Mark Family Collection provide a unique glimpse into an era before television and internet when artists and marketers were challenged to communicate to the general public in a way that would simply and enduringly convey important messages.
A Community on the Move is a groundbreaking exhibit about the courage and persistence of Portland’s black residents in the 1940s and early 1950s. This interactive exhibit will engage visitors of all ages and backgrounds as it traces how the WWII shipyards, migration from the South, the Vanport flood, and urban renewal projects affected Portland’s black families and businesses.