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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.


“The Echoes of the Vietnam War”

Thursday, September 4 at 7:00 PM

Christian Appy, Daniel Ellsberg, and Lt. Colonel Thuy Tran

Part of the Wayne Morse Legacy Series

At the First Congregational Church

Free & open to the public; space is limited, registration required

 

Christian Appy is the author of Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered From All Sides (Viking, 2003), an award-winning oral history of the war. His current book project examines the war’s impact on American national identity, particularly the idea of American exceptionalism, from the 1950s to the present. Daniel Ellsberg was a consultant at RAND when he released the Pentagon study of U.S. decision making in the Vietnam War which came to be known as The Pentagon Papers. He is also the author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and The Pentagon Papers. Thuy Tran is on the board of advisers for the Vietnamese community of Oregon, where she previously served as vice president. She is a Lieutenant Colonel in the 142 Medical Group, Portland Air National Guard.

 

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.

 

Oregon History 101

Native Life and Pre-Contact

Dr. David Lewis, Cultural Resources Director, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde 

Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm

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

 

Native societies in Oregon have seen monumental changes in the last two hundred years. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Oregon's tribes and bands have witnessed great losses of land to federal government allotment programs; death from European diseases; and the loss of culture and language from assimilation programs at Indian boarding schools. Through all these changes, Native cultures in Oregon have adapted, and continue to thrive and adapt.

David Lewis, Ph.D., Head of the Cultural Resources Department for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community, will describe what life was like for western Oregon tribes, and examine the changes that resulted from the resettlement of Native lands.

 

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. 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.


Clink! End of Summer Celebration

Sunday, September 14 from 1 – 4 PM

Tickets: $15, includes 6 tastes and museum admission

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Savor the last taste of our Oregon summer at a closing event for Clink! Join renowned wineries ArborBrookBrooks, Cooper Mountain, Elk Cove, Maysara and Ponzi for tastings, and then listen to a special Second Sunday presentation by Susan Sokol Blosser at 2 PM.

 

Second Sunday

Susan Sokol Blosser

Sunday, September 14 at 2 PM

Free & open to the public

 

When Susan Sokol Blosser and Bill Blosser planted their first vines in the Dundee Hills of Oregon in 1971 – during a time of unpredictability and change – little did they know how the industry would flourish 40 years later. Join Founder Susan Sokol Blosser as she explores the story behind the early stages of Oregon wine history set in a time characterized by movements and people changing the world – civil rights, feminism, and more. Hear her perspective of how the life, times and individualism mindset of the 60s and 70s potentially planted the first seeds that drove the pioneering families to move to this state and root themselves in uncharted “Oregon wine” territory.

 

Susan Sokol Blosser, wine industry pioneer, community leader, environmental advocate, and author, is a contemporary Oregon icon. As Sokol Blosser Winery’s president (1991-2008), she was a forerunner in practicing the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) while pursuing her vision of great wine. She has written two books: At Home in the Vineyard: Cultivating a Winery, an Industry, and a Life and Gracious & Ruthless: Surprising Strategies for Business Success.

 

Worldwide Spin in Public Day

Saturday, September 22, 10 AM – 5 PM

Free and open to the public

Oregon’s diverse climates and fertile environments made it a booming hub for textiles in the 19th century. American entrepreneurs saw an emerging textile market all across the western territories, and they went to Oregon to make their fortunes. Raising livestock and making fiber, these frontier craftsmen produced goods that rivaled the finest cloths of Europe. In celebration of this history, OHS will host the Portland Spinnerati for “Worldwide Spin in Public Day.” Come meet us in the plaza, where the spinners will be using wheels and spindles to honor the lost art of hand-made textiles.

 

Smithsonian Museum Day

Saturday, September 27, 10 AM – 5 PM

Free admission with Museum Day Ticket

 

In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums who offer free admission every day, Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket... for free! Visit the Oregon History Museum to see 2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln’s Legacy before it closes October 6. Print your Museum Day ticket at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/

 

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, 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).

 

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, 2014 at 7:00 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. 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.


Second Sunday

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

Jane Kirkpatrick and R. Gregory Nokes

Sunday, October 12, 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 a slave 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 as slaves. 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.

 

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

Monday, October 15, 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, 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.

 

PDX Home Movie Day

Saturday, October 18, 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, 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:

 

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

 

History Pub

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

Monday, October 27, 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).

 

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 Wine Country Half Marathon

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon Poster

The Oregon Historical Society is excited to partner with the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon. Produced by Destination Races, this popular race is held in the heart of Willamette Valley, less than an hour's drive from Portland. The event features a magnificent sunrise start at Stoller Family Estate, and 13.1 miles along scenic back roads graced by vineyards, farms, and orchards. The course finishes in the town of Carlton for the post-race Wine & Music Festival hosted by Ken Wright Cellars and partnering Willamette Valley Vintners. Register at http://destinationraces.com/runoregon.

 

OHS Members have the option to attend Early Packet Pick-Up at OHS for free ($15 value) on Thursday, August 28 from 5-7 PM . Pick up your packet, enjoy wine and appetizers, and check out the Clink! exhibit. To RSVP for this event, email ally.scott@ohs.org.

 

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

Sunday, September 7, 4 PM

At Portland State University’s Lincoln Performance Hall

1620 SW Park Avenue, Portland

Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased at www.hatfieldfilm.com

 

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The Oregon Historical Society is proud to have provided archival footage and photographs to support the creation of this new documentary about the life and career of former Governor and United States Senator Mark O. Hatfield. Following the screening, there will be a special reception at the Oregon Historical Society. Proceeds from the premiere and reception will help fund the donation of a DVD copy of the film to every library in the state of Oregon.


 



 

 

 

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:

  

Bill Bowerman

Bill Bowerman (1911-1999) is considered one of the greatest track and field coaches the world has ever known. In his 24 years at the University of Oregon, he won four NCAA team championships and coached 33 Olympians, 16 sub-four-minute milers and 64 All-Americans.

 

Air Dates: 

Monday, September 22, 9:00 PM

Wednesday, September 24, 2:00 AM

 

Sam Hill

Sam Hill had great dreams for the Pacific Northwest, and himself. Out of the hardscrabble, do-it-yourself communities of loggers, farmers and ranchers that typified 19th-century Oregon, Hill envisioned a new society built on progress and human ingenuity. He championed grand roadways, built monumental symbols for peace and dared to imagine a farming utopia on the Columbia River. His life was etched with hard fought triumphs and colossal failures, but his enduring devotion to progress made him one of the most important and legendary figures in Oregon’s history.

 

Air Dates: 

Monday, September 22, 9:30 PM

Wednesday, September 24, 2:30 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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