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From our interactive museum exhibits to our Research Library to our premier meeting and event space, there's always something fun happening at the Oregon Historical Society. See below for upcoming events.

Unless otherwise noted, programs take place at the Oregon Historical Society building in downtown Portland (1200 SW Park Avenue) and are free of charge with museum admission. Click on links or call (503) 222-1741 for more information.

 

 

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September

 

Wayne Morse Political Cartoon Exhibit

September – October

Part of the Wayne Morse Legacy Series

University of Oregon Library, Eugene

Free & open to the public

 

Featuring Jack Ohman, political cartoonist, as keynote speaker on September 30. Wayne Morse collected over one hundred signed original editorial cartoons that were published about him in newspapers around the country. This exhibit will display a representative sample that illustrates his legacy not only during the Vietnam era but also his contributions and controversies with the Republican Party, disputes with several presidents, and conservation and labor issues. Cosponsors include the University of Oregon Libraries and the Wayne Morse Historical Park Board Corporation.


This event is part of the Wayne Morse Legacy Series presented by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Wayne Morse was known for many policies that he championed – labor rights, civil rights, aid to education and conservation. But his most enduring legacy is his consistent and courageous dissent against the Vietnam War. These programs highlight Morse’s prescient opposition to the war on constitutional and moral grounds and the continuing issues of war powers and military policy. All events are free and opened to the public and are cosponsored by The UO Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, Oregon Historical Society, World Affairs Council of Oregon, and The Constitution Project.

 

Brown Bag Lecture: Rabbi Wise

"Preaching Politics in the Progressive Era: Rabbi Stephen S. Wise in Portland, Oregon, 1900-1906"

Professor Mark Raider, History Department, University of Cincinnati

Co-hosted by the Oregon Historical Society and Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

Monday, September 29 at Noon

Free and open to the public

 

Rabbi Stephen S. Wise (1874-1949) first attracted public attention at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as the outspoken minister of New York City's venerable Bnai Jeshurun Congregation. In 1900, at the invitation of a group of elite Jewish merchants, lawyers, and politicians in the Pacific Northwest, Wise left New York to assume the pulpit of Portland's Beth Israel Congregation. His move was a chance to strike out on his own and pursue a variety of liberal and Progressive causes. In Portland, Wise made common cause with a broad spectrum of citizen activists. In the space of just a few years, he garnered a reputation as a vociferous opponent of prostitution as well as forced prostitution, a champion of woman suffrage, an advocate of child labor protections and reforming the region's juvenile punishment system, and a defender of the rights of workers (including Chinese immigrants) in the shipyard, timber, fishing, and railway industries. He also stood out as the region's most prominent Jewish and Zionist spokesman. This talk with examine Wise's impact on the region and the way his Portland years shaped his rise as a significant American Jewish leader.

 

Line of Fire: Cartooning's Political Impact

Monday, September 29 at 6:30 PM

Jack Ohman, Political Cartoonist, Sacramento Bee 

Moderated by Kerry Tymchuk

Part of the Wayne Morse Legacy Series

At the Oregon Historical Society

Free & open to the public; registration required at worldoregon.org

 

Join us for a lively conversation about political cartooning, politics, and history in Jack Ohman's first Portland public appearance since his departure from The Oregonian. This event is part of the Wayne Morse Legacy Series, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin resolution and Senator Wayne Morse's brave dissent against that resolution and the war. Sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon; cosponsored by the Oregon Historical Society and the World Affairs Council.

 

History Pub

"Behind the Curve: History, Science, and Politics of Global Warming"

Joshua P. Howe

Monday, September 29 at 7 PM

At McMenamins Kennedy School

Free and open to the public; canned food donations accepted for the Oregon Food Bank

 

In 1958, Charles David Keeling began measuring the concentration of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. His project kicked off a half century of research that has expanded our knowledge of climate change almost immeasurably. Nevertheless, our global society has yet to find real solutions to the problem of global warming. Why? Reed College professor of History and Environmental Studies shows how exploring the history of global warming from its roots as a scientific curiosity to its place at the center of modern environmentalism can help us to understand what has gone wrong in the national and international politics of global warming, and how Oregonians have begun to buck this trend to do things right.

 

History Pub is organized by McMenamins, Holy Names Heritage Center, and OHS, and is supported by a grant from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition (funded via Oregon Cultural Trust).

 

Oregon Encyclopedia History Night

“Before the Show Began: Theaters of Oregon”

Joe Fitzgibbon and Darrell Jabin

Tuesday, September 30 at 6:30 PM

At McMenamins Edgefield Power Station Theater

Free and open to the public

 

From small towns to large metropolitan areas, movie theaters have been an integral part of Oregon’s cultural and social fabric for more than one hundred years. Who doesn’t recall those first trips to their neighborhood theater? That buttery popcorn and sweet candy, the gut-busting laughter from on-screen antics, those unexpected thrills, sighs, tears and frights as our fantasies took form in larger-than-life images and sounds in darkened auditoriums. In Oregon, innovators in the theater business worked behind the scenes designing, building, and managing our favorite movie houses. Why did some succeed and others fail? Join us for an evening to celebrate Oregon’s rich cinema history. Learn about some of the artists, entrepreneurs, and moguls who made it all possible. Find out, too, what happened to many of the neighborhood theaters, how some owners adjusted to changing public tastes—including a few hilarious and little-known stories—and what efforts have been made in recent years to save many of these architectural treasures.

 

Each month, The Oregon Encyclopedia hosts History Nights at McMenamins Pubs in Portland and Bend. The Oregon Encyclopedia is part of the Oregon Historical Society's Digital History Projects, in partnership with Portland State University and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English. The OE is also supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust through the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, Willamette University, and the Oregon State Library.

 

Oregon Encyclopedia History Night

“What If Heroes Were Not Welcome Home?”

Linda Tamura

Tuesday, September 30 at 7:00 PM

At McMenamins Old St. Francis

Free and open to the public

 

Post World War II, the community of Hood River garnered national attention for discrediting Japanese American war heroes and petitioning to block the return of Japanese American families after their incarceration in camps on American soil. In the face of this prejudice, ordinary citizens found the courage to rise up and demonstrate principals of justice and decency.

 

Each month, The Oregon Encyclopedia hosts History Nights at McMenamins Pubs in Portland and Bend. The Oregon Encyclopedia is part of the Oregon Historical Society's Digital History Projects, in partnership with Portland State University and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English. The OE is also supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust through the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, Willamette University, and the Oregon State Library.

 

October

 

Oregon History 101

Exploration and Fur Trade

Dr. William Lang, Emeritus Professor of History, Portland State University
Gregory Shine, Chief Ranger and Historian, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
 

Monday, October 6 at 7:00 pm

At McMenamins Kennedy School
Free and open to the public; all ages welcome

 

During a century of intense exploration and fur trade operations, Euroamericans sailed and trekked to Oregon Country. Their experiences, the effect they had on Native people, and the interest they stimulated about the region set agendas for subsequent events that affect Oregonians to the present day.

 

Oregon History 101 is a nine-month public history program series designed to give Oregonians a basic understanding of the state’s significant people, places, and events. Each month, historians present a chapter of Oregon History, beginning with the earliest peoples and ending with the turn of the twenty-first century. The series emphasizes Oregon’s connection to historical themes in American History, including Native history, early exploration, western expansion, race, gender, and social justice, and the post-industrial economy. Each presentation will feature images from the Oregon Historical Society archives and will be filmed and made available on the World Wide Web, along with research guides and other digitized material from The Oregon Encyclopedia and the Oregon History Project. Learn more on The Oregon Encyclopedia.

 

Forum: Who Controls the Water? A Historical Perspective

Friday, October 10 from 2 to 5 PM

At the Deschutes Public Library

Free and open to the public

 

The Oregon Historical Society, Deschutes County Historical Society, and Deschutes Public Library invite the public to a conversation about the history of water rights in Oregon and beyond. Speakers include:

 

“Nitrate In My Back Yard: NIMBY, Groundwater, and The Urban-Rural Divide”

Dr. W. Todd Jarvis, Oregon State University

 

“Just Add Politics and Stir: Water in 20th Century Central Oregon”

Dr. William L. Lang, Portland State University emeritus

 

“ ‘The Masters of Infinity’: Climate Change, Western Water, and the Cold War”

Dr. Joshua P. Howe, Reed College

 

“Balancing Demands of a Watershed: A Historical Account of the Umatilla Basin”

Greg Silbernagel, Oregon Water Resources Department


Second Sunday

“A Novel Look at Oregon’s African American History”

Jane Kirkpatrick and R. Gregory Nokes

Sunday, October 12 at 2 PM

At the Oregon Historical Society

Free and open to the public

 

Bestselling and award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick and former journalist and author R. Gregory Nokes share their stories of African Americans who settled in early Oregon. Kirkpatrick's latest novel, A Light in the Wilderness, is based on the life of Letitia Carson, an 1845 emigrant from Missouri who may or may not have been enslaved when she left with her common law Irish husband Davey Carson. After his death in the Soap Creek Valley near Corvallis, Letitia Carson had occasion to bring a lawsuit during a turbulent time in Oregon for persons of color. Jane’s book is Letitia’s story. Nokes's latest title, Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, which was a non-fiction finalist for a 2014 Oregon Book Award, sets the stage for understanding the hidden stories of black pioneers, both those who came voluntarily and those who came enslaved. Together these authors explore the weave of fact and fiction and how each brings novel ideas to advance our understanding of history and the men and women who went before us.

 

History in the Making

Q&A with 2014 National Scrabble Champion Conrad Bassett-Bouchard

Tuesday, October 14 at 7 PM

At the Oregon Historical Society

Free and open to the public

 

Oregon once again became home to “Scrabble” royalty on August 12 when 24-year-old Portlander Conrad Bassett-Bouchard rose to the top of a field over 500 other players from eleven countries to win the 25th annual National Scrabble Championship. Join OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk for a conversation with Conrad, as he discusses the path that led him to become the national champion of one of America’s favorite board games.

 

Living History Performance

"The Great Dissenters: An Evening with Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and Justice John Marshall Harlan"

Presented in costume by Bill Barton and Paul DeMuniz

Co-sponsored by the United State District Court of Oregon

Wednesday, October 15 at 7 PM

At the Oregon Historical Society

Free and open to the public; space is limited, please RSVP to events@ohs.org

 

Join Oregon attorney Bill Barton and former Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz for a living history presentation on two prominent figures in American judicial history, Justice John Marshall Harlan and Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. It was Harlan’s lone dissents in the “Civil Rights Cases” 109 U.S. 3 (1883) (in which Harlan maintained that discrimination in public accommodations was a “badge of slavery”) and Plessy v. Ferguson 163 U.S. 537 (1896) (in which Harlan argued that Louisiana’s law requiring whites and blacks to ride in “separate but equal” railroad cars violated the Fourteenth Amendment) that secured for Harlan his place as one of the Supreme Court’s greatest justices. In 1881 Holmes published The Common Law

in which he said that the only source of law is a judicial decision, and that judges decided cases on the facts, and the true basis for judicial decision are drawn from outside the law. During his tenure on the Supreme Court, Holmes advocated broad freedom of speech under the First Amendment, and his most famous dissent was Abrams v. U.S., 250 U.S. 630 (1919) which ultimately went on to become the bedrock of free speech protections in America.

 

Oregon Archives Crawl & Community Day

Saturday, October 18 from 10 AM – 3 PM

Access to archival institutions at OHS, Multnomah County Central Library, and City of Portland Archives and Records Center

Free and open to the public

 

The fourth annual Oregon Archives Crawl takes place in three locations — Multnomah County Central Library, Oregon Historical Society, and City of Portland Archives and Records Center — and features collections from dozens more. This celebration of Oregon Archives Month offers the opportunity to meet real, live archivists representing over thirty Oregon archives and cultural organizations and see fabulous examples from their varied collections! OHS will feature special library tours and activities for the whole family. Admission is free for everyone all day! Visit the Oregon Archives Crawl website for up to the date information.

 

NOTE: The Research Library will be closed on Saturday, October 18 for the Oregon Archives Crawl.

 

PDX Home Movie Day

Saturday, October 18 from 1 PM – 5 PM

At the Northwest Film Center

Free and open to the public

 

Home Movie Day is an international event put on locally by film folks interested in dusting off and projecting the home movies found in your basements and attics. Films to be projected include 16mm, 8 mm and super 8 mm. No video tapes will be screened. All movies will be inspected and repaired before projecting. Audience members are encouraged to watch others’ home movies and participate in the screenings while waiting for their own films. Information will also be available regarding transfer services in the Northwest, best practices for storing movies at home, and organizations that might be interested in accepting your films into their permanent collection. For more information on the history of Home Movie Day as well as other locations around the world visit the Center for Home Movies.

 

Get up to date event information on the PDX Home Movie Day Tumblr. Questions on if your film fits the event specifications? Contact OHS Archivist for Photography and Moving Images Matthew Cowan at Matthew.Cowan@ohs.org

 

Panel Discussion: 100 Years of Women in the Legislature

Thursday, October 22 at 7 PM

Free and open to the public

 

This November marks the 100th anniversary of the election of State Representative Marian Towne, the first woman to serve in the Oregon State Legislature.  She would be joined in the 1915 legislative session by Kathryn Clarke, who was elected in a special election in January, 1915. To celebrate this centennial, OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk will moderate a program featuring a panel of former and current women state legislators, who will share stories of their challenges, experiences, and accomplishments. Panelists are:

 

Vicki Berger

Oregon State Representative 2003-present

 

Margaret Carter

Oregon State Representative 1985-1999

Oregon State Senator 2001-2009

First African-American woman to serve in the Oregon State Legislature

 

Bev Clarno

Oregon State Representative 1989-1997

Oregon State Senator 2001-2004

2nd woman to serve as Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives

 

Darlene Hooley

Oregon State Representative 1981-1987

Clackamas County Commissioner 1987-1996

Member, United States House of Representatives 1997-2009

 

Deborah Kafoury

Oregon State Representative 1999-2005

Multnomah County Commissioner 2008-2014

Chair, Multnomah County Commission 2014-present

 

Betsy Johnson

Oregon State Representative 2001-2007

Oregon State Senator, 2007-present

 

Genealogy Workshop

History for the Genealogist & How to Use Historical Societies 

Thursday, October 23, 1 PM 3 PM

At the Oregon Historical Society

Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non members

Buy tickets now!

Space is limited to so sign up soon!


Is the disappearance of your ancestor in 1850 causing you stress at night? Or perhaps you want to know what it was like to live in the time and place of your great grandmother. General history may be the key to solving your mysteries! This lecture will demonstrate how to overcome genealogical road blocks and flesh out an ancestor’s story through general history. You will also learn the value of historical societies and how to use their resources to find records, answer questions, and write biographies. Let’s put the “History” in Family History!

 

Archives Overview Workshop

Friday, October 24 from 9 AM – 5 PM

Anne M. Ostendarp

At the Oregon Historical Society – Madison Room

Early Bird Cost (by September 24): SAA Member - $189, Employees of Member Institutions -$219, Nonmember - $249

Regular Cost: SAA Member - $249, Employees of Member Institutions - $279, Nonmember - $299

 

Are you working in a small public library, archives, or historical society? Do you have historical records that you don’t quite know what to do with? In this workshop you’ll get an overview of basic archival theory, functions, and practices that protect the integrity of historical records. The workshop will give you a basis for further learning.

 

In this workshop, you will:

 

  1. Learn archives and historical records terminology, and get an overview of the body of knowledge needed, ethical responsibilities, and resources for additional information;
  2. Hear about core policy statements, professional standards, and best practices;
  3. Get tools for control of your collections;
  4. Find out about basic preservation steps you can implement;
  5. Learn the basics of arrangement and description; and,
  6. Walk away knowing what your next steps should be.

 

Enrollment is limited, so register now if you’d like to attend.

 

History Pub

"Economic Phoenix: A. B. Hammond, the Panic of 1893, and the Astoria and Columbia River Railroad"

Monday, October 27 at 7 PM

At McMenamins Kennedy School

Free and open to the public; canned food donations accepted for the Oregon Food Bank

 

Greg Gordon is an assistant professor of Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University, having received his PhD in History from the University of Montana. His latest book, Money Does Grow on Trees: A. B. Hammond and the Age of the Timber Baron explores the ecological costs of frontier capitalism. Although reviled in his home state, Montana businessman and railroad builder, A. B. Hammond was regarded as a hero in Oregon upon his completion of the long-awaited Astoria and Columbia River Railroad. This presentation will focus on Hammond’s railroad and lumber enterprises activity in Oregon at the turn-of-the-century and how he turned one of the nation’s worst depressions to his advantage.

 

History Pub is organized by McMenamins, Holy Names Heritage Center, and OHS, and supported by a grant from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition (funded via Oregon Cultural Trust).

 

Oregon Encyclopedia History Night

“Using Ancient DNA & Geochemistry to Determine Past Salmon & Trout Distribution in the Klamath Basin of Southeast Oregon”

Virginia Butler

Tuesday, October 28 at 6:30 PM

At McMenamins Edgefield

Free and open to the public

 

Each month, The Oregon Encyclopedia hosts History Nights at McMenamins Pubs in Portland and Bend. The Oregon Encyclopedia is part of the Oregon Historical Society's Digital History Projects, in partnership with Portland State University and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English. The OE is also supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust through the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, Willamette University, and the Oregon State Library.

 

 

November

 

Oregon History 101

Missionaries, the Oregon Trail, and State-Making

Dr. David Johnson, Professor of History, Portland State University  

Monday, November 3 at 7 pm

At McMenamins Kennedy School
Free and open to the public; all ages welcome

 

Oregon History 101 is a nine-month public history program series designed to give Oregonians a basic understanding of the state’s significant people, places, and events. Each month, historians present a chapter of Oregon History, beginning with the earliest peoples and ending with the turn of the twenty-first century. The series emphasizes Oregon’s connection to historical themes in American History, including Native history, early exploration, western expansion, race, gender, and social justice, and the post-industrial economy. Each presentation will feature images from the Oregon Historical Society archives and will be filmed and made available on the World Wide Web, along with research guides and other digitized material from The Oregon Encyclopedia and the Oregon History Project. Learn more on The Oregon Encyclopedia.

 

Lecture: How Could this Happen: Explaining the Holocaust

Dr. Dan McMillan

Wednesday, November 6 at 7 PM

Co-hosted by the Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, and World Affairs Council of Oregon

Admission: $10; $5 for OHS, OJMCHE, and WAC members

Registration required at worldoregon.org

 

While there is no shortage of excellent scholarship and historical research on the Holocaust, there has been little that has adequately answered the vital question: How was such a nightmare possible in the heart of Western civilization? Historian Dan McMillan distills the vast body of Holocaust research into a compelling analysis that looks at a combination of factors—from Germany's failure to become a democracy until 1918 to the widespread acceptance of anti-Semitism and scientific racism, aftermath of World War I, and the class and political divisions it produced. Putting the Holocaust into context with other tragic genocides including Rwanda, Cambodia, and Armenia, McMillian offers a compelling argument for how the perfect storm of bleak circumstances, malevolent ideas, and damaged personalities unleashed such terrifying atrocity and asking the question: Could this ever happen again?

 

Dan McMillan holds a PhD in German history from Columbia University and a law degree from Fordham University, and has worked as a history professor and a prosecuting attorney. He lives in New York City.

 

Second Sunday

“Imagining the Other: Cannibalism, Early Maps, and European Creation of Amerindian Civility”

Dr. James V. Walker

Sunday, November 9 at 2 PM

At the Oregon Historical Society

Free and open to the public

 

Cannibalism was a central theme in European discourse about the New World in the sixteenth century, when Europeans associated the practice with an uncivilized, savage lifestyle and pagan ideology. With text, toponyms, and images, early maps provided and sustained a spatial understanding of the alleged practice and location of cannibalism from specific regions to the entirety of the New World. Dr. Walker, an avid map collector of over thirty years, offers a fully illustrated talk that explores the ways maps helped foster European ideas of Native Americans in the early centuries after sustained contact.

 

Book Talk and Signing

The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane

Dr. Richard W. Etulain

Wednesday, November 12 at 6 PM

Free and open to the public

 

Everyone knows the name Calamity Jane. Scores of dime novels and movie and TV Westerns have portrayed this original Wild West woman as an adventuresome, gun-toting hellion. Although Calamity Jane has probably been written about more than any other woman of the nineteenth-century American West, fiction and legend has largely obscured the facts of her life. This lively, concise, and exhaustively researched biography traces the real person from the Missouri farm where she was born in 1856 through the development of her notorious persona as a Wild West heroine.

 

Richard W. Etulain is Professor Emeritus of History and former director of the Center for the American West at the University of New Mexico. Former editor of the New Mexico Historical Review, he is the author or editor of more than 50 books. He lives in Clackamas, Oregon.

 

Genealogy Workshop

Mastering the Basics: Starting Your Family Tree and Improving Your Searches 

Saturday, November 15, 10am-Noon

At the Oregon Historical Society

Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non members

Buy tickets now!

Space is limited to so sign up soon!

 

Whether you are somewhat experienced at family history or if you are just learning how to spell "g-e-n-e-a-l-o-g-y," mastering research basics is vital to achieving your goals. Come learn how to access basic genealogy records, draw clues from the information you have, and navigate online search engines. You will be well on your way to becoming a skilled genealogist.

 

Screening: The Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon’s Mark Hatfield

Thursday, November 20, 7 PM

At the Oregon Historical Society

$10 | Buy Tickets Now

 

During his service as Governor of Oregon from 1959-67 and as United States Senator from 1967-97, Mark Hatfield earned a reputation for independence and integrity. Documentarians Kevin Curry, Devon Lyon, and Rick Dancer recently completed The Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon’s Mark Hatfield, a ninety-minute documentary on Hatfield’s life and legacy. The documentary features interviews with many of Hatfield’s former colleagues and staff members who reflect on subjects ranging from Hatfield’s opposition to the Vietnam War, his fight for the restoration of Oregon’s Native American tribes, and his efforts to direct additional federal resources to health research. The Oregon Historical Society is proud to have provided archival footage and photographs to support the creation of this documentary. Following the movie, OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk will moderate a question and answer session with documentarian Kevin Curry.

 

December

 

Oregon History 101

Immigration and Ethnicity

Dr. Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis, Emeritus Professor of History, Washington State University 

Monday, December 1 at 7 pm

At McMenamins Kennedy School
Free and open to the public; all ages welcome

 

Oregon History 101 is a nine-month public history program series designed to give Oregonians a basic understanding of the state’s significant people, places, and events. Each month, historians present a chapter of Oregon History, beginning with the earliest peoples and ending with the turn of the twenty-first century. The series emphasizes Oregon’s connection to historical themes in American History, including Native history, early exploration, western expansion, race, gender, and social justice, and the post-industrial economy. Each presentation will feature images from the Oregon Historical Society archives and will be filmed and made available on the World Wide Web, along with research guides and other digitized material from The Oregon Encyclopedia and the Oregon History Project. Learn more on The Oregon Encyclopedia.

 

Holiday Cheer: A Celebration of Oregon Authors

Sunday, December 7 from Noon – 4 PM

 

For nearly 50 years, the Oregon Historical Society has celebrated the literary talents of Oregonians at this annual holiday book sale and signing. Meet your favorite author, and take home a personally signed book for the perfect local holiday gift. All authors who are invited to participate have published in the current year, and many will have multiple books available for sale. Enjoy holiday treats, music, and more as we kick off the holiday season at the Oregon Historical Society!

 

Community Day

Fisherpoets presentation and workshop

Saturday, December 13 from 11 AM – 3 PM

Free and open to the public

 

The Oregon Folklife Network and OHS are pleased to present an afternoon with some of Oregon’s fisherpoets, many of whom are best known for their annual winter gathering in Astoria each February. Commercial fishermen, which include men and women, have long composed songs and written verse and prose about the drama, dangers, and funny side their work. A variety of our state’s finest, including Cary Jones (Eugene), Moe Bowstern, Jon Broderick, and Jay Speakman, will perform from 1-3 PM. There will also be opportunities to participate in a writing workshop preceding the performance (first come, first served). There will also be children’s activities including knot tying lessons.

 

Learn more about the fisherpoets attending the event on their websites:

 

Mo Bowstern: http://www.moebowstern.com/

Jon Broderick and Jay Speakman: http://www.fisherpoetmusic.com/

Cary Jones: http://www.inthetote.com/cary-jones.html

 

Make Your Next Meeting Historic!

 

Are you a member of a group or organization that would like to learn more about the Oregon Historical Society? Invite an OHS volunteer docent to attend your next meeting to learn about the exciting programs and services YOUR Historical Society has to offer!

 

Please fill out the form below and return to Rachel Randles at communications@ohs.org or by mail to 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205. Once we receive your request, we will connect you with a volunteer docent to further discuss your event.

 

Event Request Form (PDF)

 

Partner Events & Programs

 

Oregon Experience

 

Oregon Experience logo

Oregon Experience is a respected and long-standing community partnership between The Oregon Historical Society and Oregon Public Broadcasting. The strengths and assets of each organization merge together to produce historical documentaries that illuminate the grand heritage of our state.

 

OHS preserves and provides a vast collection of archival film, photographs and images from its vaults. Librarians and archivists work with OPB producers to find and make available these materials for use in the documentaries. Indeed, some of the materials showcased on Oregon Experience have never before been seen by the public.

 

OPB producers and editors, in turn, have the expertise to weave the components together into award winning documentaries that bring Oregon’s history to life.

 

Oregon Experience will engage and entertain you with stories about people and places - both familiar and forgotten – while building awareness of issues that have shaped Oregon in the past and continue to define its future.

 

We invite you to explore Oregon’s rich history through this unique partnership.

 

Upcoming Episodes:

 

Hanford

In 1943, as World War II raged in Europe and the Pacific, thousands of men and women from across the United States began arriving in a remote part of south-central Washington state. They knew very little about why the U.S. government had hired them — only that it was an important project to support the war effort. It was a project that would change the world forever.

 

Air Dates: 

Monday, September 29, 9:00 PM

Wednesday, October 1, 2:00 AM

 

The Modoc War

The Modoc War of 1872 to 1873 was one of the costliest American Indian wars in U.S. history, considering the number of people involved. For nearly seven months, a handful of Modoc Indian warriors and their families held off hundreds of U.S. Army soldiers. The war is largely forgotten to most of the nation, but at the time of the conflict, the story made headlines from London to San Francisco. People were enthralled as one of the last real-life, Wild-West battles unfolded on the American frontier.

 

Air Dates: 

Monday, October 6, 9:00 PM

Wednesday, October 8, 2:00 AM

 

The River They Saw

The beauty and magic of the Columbia River Gorge has attracted photographers for more than 150 years. The River They Saw chronicles the history of the Gorge with rarely seen images crafted by Carleton Watkins, Sarah Ladd, Benjamin Gifford, Al Monner and many others. These early photographers left a stunning visual legacy through images still considered among the greatest landscape photos ever made.

 

Air Dates: 

Monday, October 13, 9:00 PM

Wednesday, October 15, 2:00 AM 

 

NEW! Oregon Historical Photo of the Week

Every week, Oregon Experience shares a photo highlighting the state's diverse, exciting history. All photos are courtesy of the Oregon Historical Society. Click for today's photo.

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