History Makers

The Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal. First awarded in 2009, the History Makers Medal 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 was presented at a dinner at the historic Montgomery Park building in Portland on Sunday, October 9, 2016.

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. For more information, please contact Sue Metzler, Director of Development, at 503.306.5229 or sue.metzler@ohs.org.

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The 2016 Oregon History Makers Medal recipients are:

David Hume Kennerly: Photojournalist

A native of Roseburg and a graduate of West Linn High School, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer David Hume Kennerly has forged a career as one of America's most respected photojournalists, shooting on the front lines of history for fifty years. Kennerly has photographed our last eight Presidents and served as White House Photographer under President Gerald Ford. His work has appeared on the covers of more than 50 major magazines, including Time and Newsweek. 


David Hume Kennerly 

Phil Knight: Visionary business executive & philanthropist

As the co-founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of NIKE, Inc., one of the world's most iconic companies, Phil Knight has made a historic impact on the economy and culture of Oregon. Knight's remarkable philanthropic leadership has transformed many Oregon institutions including the University of Oregon and Oregon Health & Science University.

Phil Knight


Dr. Jane Lubchenco: Environmental Scientist and Marine Ecologist

Oregon State University Professor Dr. Jane Lubchenco is a world renowned environmental scientist who from 2009-2013 was the first woman to serve as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She currently serves as the first U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean.

Dr. Jane Lubchenco Photo by Joy Leighton 

Photo by Joy Leighton

Hoffman Construction: Largest general contractor in the Pacific Northwest

Founded in Portland in 1922, Hoffman Construction is responsible for some of Oregon's best known structures, including the Portland Art Museum, the Central Library, the Oregon Convention Center, and Doernbecher Children's Hospital. With projects in a dozen states and overseas, Hoffman has helped establish new industry standards for safety, quality, and sustainability on large, complex construction projects.

: Portland South Waterfront (2005) at Water Place, The Ardea, John Ross Tower, Mirabella Portland 

Portland South Waterfront (2005) at Water Place, The Ardea, John Ross Tower, Mirabella Portland

Who are Oregon History Makers?

History Makers are contemporary individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact in their field of work or service during their lifetime. These individuals and organizations, 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.

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