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Ninety Students Across Oregon Participate in the Virtual Oregon History Day Contest

May 12, 2022

As schools continue to adapt amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 90 students from communities across Oregon participated virtually in the 2022 Oregon History Day contest, the statewide qualifying competition for the annual National History Day® contest. Students from 15 schools representing 17 cities and towns worked individually or in small groups to produce fascinating projects in the form of documentary films, websites, performances, exhibits, and papers. Creating projects inspired by the annual theme, “Debate & Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, and Challenges,” these young historians in grades 6–12 chose topics to explore and proceeded to conduct historical research and practice critical thinking skills as they analyzed primary and secondary sources and considered diverse viewpoints and bias present in these materials.

Oregon Historical Society Awarded IMLS Grant Funding to Process Yasui Brothers Records

May 5, 2022

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) has been awarded a LSTA Competitive Grant to process and make publicly accessible the Yasui Brothers records, a large manuscript collection preserved in OHS’s research library. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon. Dating primarily from 1905–1942, the collection consists of over 180 linear feet of business and personal materials, over half of which is written in a pre-WWII Japanese language script that is difficult to translate. Homer Yasui donated these records to OHS in 1991, yet due to its size and the language barriers present in the collection, it has never been fully processed.

Oregon Educator Nominated for National History Day® Teacher of the Year

April 12, 2022

The Oregon Historical Society has nominated Emily Rao, a social sciences teacher at Butte Creek Elementary in Mt. Angel, Oregon, for the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award for her work with students on the Oregon History Day program, an affiliate of the National History Day® Contest. The National History Day® (NHD) award is sponsored by Patricia Behring in recognition of the pivotal role teachers play in the lives of students.

Oregon Historical Society Invites Community to Share Their Memories of History-Making Trail Blazers Broadcaster Bill Schonely Ahead of Retirement

April 8, 2022

The Oregon Historical Society is inviting individuals to express their appreciation for Bill Schonely, who will retire as the Blazer’s Founding Broadcaster/Ambassador following the team’s final game of the season this Sunday, April 10, against the Utah Jazz. “I believe that there is no more recognizable and beloved voice in Oregon history than that of Bill Schonely,” said Kerry Tymchuk, OHS Boyle Family Executive Director. “We were honored to recognize Bill with the Oregon History Makers award in 2017, and we invite anyone who would like to share their memories of Bill or to thank him for his remarkable career and enduring place in Oregon history to do so through our online form (bit.ly/schonely), which we will then share with Bill.”

Oregon Historical Society Announces 2022 History Makers: Awards & Dinner Set for October 2

March 31, 2022

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is delighted to announce the 2022 Oregon History Maker honorees. First celebrated in 2009, the annual Oregon History Makers Awards & Dinner recognizes contemporary individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon. The event also supports the Oregon Historical Society’s important work to collect, preserve, and interpret Oregon’s past.

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OHS series ‘Historians in the News’ looks at white supremacy

September 7, 2021

By Gabby Urenda, KOIN. It can be difficult to process all of the historical events we live through, but the Oregon Historical Society is re-launching a virtual series to talk about how the past fits in with the present. “Historians in the News” is a series that officers critical historical perspectives to shine light on contemporary issues. The next event will feature a conversation between University of Chicago professor Dr. Kathleen Belew and Oregon State University professor Dr. Christopher McKnight Nichols. As the U.S. House select committee investigates the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Belew and Nichols will discuss the event along with extreme far-right groups — such as the Proud Boys – holding or attending rallies in Portland and other cities. Both of the professors will discuss how these events have historical roots in mid-20th century white supremacist movements, according to OHS.

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).

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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 ( www.ohs.org), 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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