On Sunday, October 5, 2014, three individuals and one Oregon business will be honored at the 6th annual History Makers Dinner. Please join us in celebrating the exceptional accomplishments of:


Thomas Lauderdale: Oregon’s Musical Ambassador to the World

Governor Barbara Roberts: Pioneering Public Servant

Walter J. Urba, M.D., Ph.D.: Cancer Warrior

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort: Golf as it was meant to be


Proceeds from the History Makers Dinner support every aspect of the Oregon Historical Society’s important work to collect, preserve, and interpret Oregon’s past. The dinner will be held at Montgomery Park. History Makers Dinner is made possible by sponsors who receive tables in exchange for their generous gifts. A limited number of single seats are available for $625 each. To reserve tickets or sponsor the event, please download a sponsorship packet or contact Sue Metzler, Director of Development, at 503-306-5229 or


Thomas Lauderdale

As the founder and impresario of Pink Martini, Thomas Lauderdale has performed with more than 50 orchestras across the country and the world, gaining a reputation as one of the most innovative musicians of his time. Thomas and Pink Martini blend genres of classical, jazz, and old fashioned pop into a sound that is uniquely theirs and uniquely Oregon. A tireless and eloquent activist for the arts, Thomas serves on the boards of the Oregon Symphony and Pioneer Courthouse Square.


Governor Barbara Roberts

Barbara Roberts entered the public arena as a young housewife and mother, and successfully lobbied the Oregon State Legislature to guarantee public education to children with disabilities. She would go on to serve on a local school board, a local community college board, and on the Multnomah County Commission before being elected to the Oregon State House of Representatives, where she became the first woman House Majority Leader in history. She was elected Oregon Secretary of State in 1984, re-elected in 1988, and in 1990 she was elected the first woman to serve as Governor of the State of Oregon.


Walter J. Urba, M.D., Ph.D.

As the director of cancer research at the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center in the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute at Providence Cancer Center, Dr. Walter Urba is a nationally-respected leader and pioneer in immunotherapy. He serves on the front lines in the battle against cancer, and is leading a team of more than 90 investigators toward the goal of curing cancer.


Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Under the leadership of businessman and entrepreneur Mike Keiser, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, which first opened in 1999 and now includes five golf courses, has made Oregon’s south coast a must-see destination for golfers around the world. It has been hailed by one golf publication as nothing less than “the best place on the planet to golf.”

Many Thanks To Our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

Faye & Lucille Stewart Foundation

Providence Health and Services


Patron Sponsors

Columbia Sportswear Co.


Supporting Sponsors

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Bank of Oswego
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Bryan Bell
CGC Financial Services LLC
Bill and Karen Early
KGW News Channel 8
Melvin “Pete” Mark
Oregon Investments
Phillips & Company
Portland General Electric
Pat and Trudy Ritz
Patricia Smullin, KOBI Medford/KLSR Eugene
University of Oregon


Additional Supporters

Adelsheim Vineyard
Bill Naito Company
Bryan Potter Design
Harry A. Merlo Foundation
Who is a History Maker?

History Makers are contemporary individuals who have made a significant impact in their field of work or service during their lifetime. These individuals, with ties to Oregon, are making history through scientific discovery and exploration, innovation in business, communications, the arts, or service in their communities. Whether they were born here, lived here, or work here, Oregon History Makers represent the best of what the state has to offer.


Do you know a History Maker? We are accepting nominations for the 2014 History Makers now. Nomination Form (pdf)

2013 History Makers


Bernie & Bobbie Foster

Melvin "Pete" Mark

Pendleton Woolen Mills

Alberto Salazar

2012 History Makers

Gerry Frank

Harry Glickman

Kathryn Harrison

Norma Paulus

2011 History Makers

Ken & Joan Austin

Allyn Ford

Albert Starr

Gus Van Sant

2010 History Makers

David Adelshiem

Jean Auel

Mercy Corps

Medical Teams International

2009 History Makers

Mrs. Gert Boyle

Dr. Brian Druker

Mr. Mike Powell

Become a Sponsor!

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Please contact Sue Metzler at 503.306.5229 or

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