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The Pedal Powered Talk Show Bike Donated to the Oregon Historical Society; Takes Final Joy Ride on June 10

June 8, 2021

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is excited to share the most recent addition to its collections: the one-of-a-kind cargo bike from “The Pedal Powered Talk Show.” The bike, which has pedaled to rooftops, canyon rims, shoe factories, roller skating rinks, and goat fields, will take its final joy ride through downtown Portland at 4:30pm on Thursday, June 10. A decade ago, Boaz Frankel and Phillip Ross embarked on a mission to combine two of their favorite things: talk shows and cargo bikes. Hailing from a state where bicycling is beloved, cargo bike builder Ross accepted the challenge of designing a mobile talk show — and a few months later, the Pedal Powered Talk Show was born. Built from aircraft grade steel, locally sourced bamboo, and custom wheels, the eight foot, seventy-five pound bike has transported host Frankel to interviews with unicycling bagpipers, best-selling authors, 80-year old drag queens, famous musicians, and the Baldwin brothers. After recording 64 episodes over five seasons, concluding in 2016, Frankel and Ross decided that the bike deserved its own place in Oregon history, and contacted OHS Deputy Museum Director Nicole Yasuhara, who oversees the museum’s vast collections. The over 75,000 objects safeguarded in the OHS museum collection include costumes and textiles, Native American belongings, artworks, and both notable and everyday items. While the OHS collections contain various vehicles from the Benson automobile to a horse drawn hearse, a mobile talk show bike is a unique addition to the collection.

Oregon Historical Society joins Digital Public Library of America as inaugural member of Northwest Digital Heritage Hub

May 25, 2021

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is pleased to announce its participation in Northwest Digital Heritage (NWDH, This collaborative effort by the Washington State Library, State Library of Oregon, and the Oregon Heritage Commission provides free, public access to materials in Oregon and Washington libraries, museums, and cultural heritage organizations through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA, — a discovery portal for millions of cultural heritage items from across the United States. “Participating in the Northwest Digital Heritage hub of the Digital Public Library of America means that thousands of the unique historical items OHS cares for — including important documents and brilliant photographs of Oregon places and people — will now be even more discoverable by Oregonians and students, teachers, and researchers across the globe,” said OHS Research Library Director Shawna Gandy.

Parody is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: The Regional Films of Tim Smith, 1970-1982; online screening extended through June 8

May 24, 2021

The Oregon Historical Society is excited to announce that, due to popular demand, the online, free screening of six films by Portland-area filmmaker Tim Smith has been extended through June 8.  <br /><br />The films were shot by Smith from 1970 to 1982, starting when he was in high school. They are in the style of the Amateur Cinema League or experimental art films, in that Smith took great care to shoot, edit, and title the films, which he produced on a shoestring budget. Many of the films are satirical takes on popular genres of the time (such as travel or drug awareness films), and the subject matter is often humorous and includes many gags and witty narration. “I don’t think I ever produced a film that was not in some way humorous,” said Tim Smith “When I look back at these early films, I often wonder: ‘What was I thinking?’” The films are primarily set in and around Portland, Oregon, and include a number of scenes depicting downtown, sightseeing destinations, and local businesses.

Portland-Area Museums and Cultural Attractions are United on Mask Policy

May 20, 2021

A coalition of the leading museums and cultural attractions in the Portland area released the following statement: “While our organizations have different missions, we share much in common. We are all community spaces where everyone can come together to learn and to deepen our understanding of the world we share. We all welcome visitors of all ages. And we all understand that the health and safety of our visitors, staffs, and volunteers must remain our top priority. For now, we agree that means continuing to require our visitors to wear masks. This policy will also allow us to offer a safe and welcoming space to families with children who are not currently eligible to be vaccinated as well as to individuals who are unable to get vaccinated. We all look forward to the day in the near future when we can safely lift the mask requirement.

50 Oregon students head to the National History Day® contest

May 18, 2021

Students came from virtually everywhere in Oregon to compete online in this year's Oregon History Day state contest, a qualifier for the National History Day® Contest being held virtually from June 13 to June 19, 2021. For the second year, the contest moved to a digital format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With most state competitions having participation down by 50 percent, Oregon beat the average and retained all of its regular schools and independent students. From a pool of 120 participants in the state contest, 50 students will advance to complete at the national contest, where their projects will go up against thousands of other students from across the country and world!

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How a grand strategy can help prepare us for the next pandemic

May 20, 2021

By Sage Van Wing, OPB. The United States has been willing to lead the world in large-scale strategic planning in the past. The creation of the United Nations, or the fight against HIV/AIDs are good examples. A new book edited by Oregon State University’s Christopher McKnight Nichols makes the case that “grand strategies” do not have to be military in nature. In fact, Nichols argues that global strategic planning, led by powerful nations like the U.S., will be necessary to forestall future pandemics. Christopher McKnight Nichols and Elizabeth Bradley, president of Vassar College and contributor to the new book, join us to discuss the history and future of grand strategy.

Underground History: Lost And FOUND In The Archives

January 27, 2021

The Jefferson Exchange, Jefferson Public Radio. The scene at the end of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is one of the most famous in movie history: a great historical artifact is packed away in a huge warehouse, unlikely to be seen again. The story of the banner from the Navy battleship U.S.S. Oregon reminds us of that scene. With one key difference: the banner was found, in storage at the Oregon Historical Society. This is not just a banner that hangs on a wall; it was made to fly from the top of the ship in a stiff breeze. It is 215 feet long when completely unfurled. Silvie Andrews at OHS found that out when she discovered the banner rolled up at OHS. She is our guest in this month's edition of Underground History, our joint venture with the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology.

Moving forward by turning to the past: Oregon Historical Quarterly takes a deep dive into Oregon’s white supremacist roots

June 28, 2020

By Brittany Falkers, KGW-TV. To move forward, we must first understand our past. That was the goal of the Oregon Historical Society’s 2019 winter issue of Oregon Historical Quarterly (OHQ). “We’re a scholarly journal we do academic history,” OHQ Editor Eliza Canty-Jones said. “And so being able to get into those complexities and those subtleties in a way that helps surface that structure overall, that’s our sweet spot. That’s what we’re able to do.” The scholarly journal’s special winter 2019 issue: 'White Supremacy and Resistance’ digs deep into Oregon’s white supremacist roots from glaring to subtle chapters from the past. The scholar examines a vast range of prolonged white supremacy; from violence against tribal peoples as white pioneers made their way west, to the discriminatory practices in the Labor Movement, and the murder of Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian college student killed by White supremacists in Portland in 1988.

Underground History: White Supremacy In Oregon's History

June 24, 2020

The Jefferson Exchange, Jefferson Public Radio. We are witnessing a prolonged period of attention on race relations, following the death of George Floyd and other African Americans at the hands of police. Oregon is one of the whitest states in the union, but one of the most outspoken on civil rights. The history of the state's attitudes is explored in last winter's issue of Oregon Historical Quarterly, focused on White supremacy and resistance to it. This month's edition of Underground History invites editor Eliza Canty-Jones, Director of Community Engagement at the Oregon Historical Society, onto the air. She is joined by our regular partner, Chelsea Rose of the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA).

AAUW program features student filmmakers

March 3, 2020

By Tammy Malgesini, East Oregonian. Films created by Griswold High School students will be screened during the March general membership meeting of the American Association of University Women. Each year, the Oregon Historical Society coordinates the National History Day program in Oregon. Middle school and high school students compete by producing history projects in five categories — papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. This year’s topic is “Breaking Barriers in History.” Top projects qualify for the national contest. Over the years, Griswold High School students have excelled in filmmaking projects under the guidance of history teacher Lorin Kubishta. A number of Helix students have gone on to compete at the national level.

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For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (, educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.

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