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Oregon Historical Society Offers Special Issue of its Scholarly Journal on “White Supremacy & Resistance” Free Online

February 19, 2021

In a blog post published on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) announced that its special issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly (OHQ), “White Supremacy & Resistance,” is now available as a free resource online. Readers can now download each of the twelve articles separately, read a PDF of the issue as a whole, and explore the primary-document interludes that follow each of the articles that illustrate the effects of White supremacy throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries at ohs.org/ohqresistance. Since its publication in December 2019, the issue has proven the most popular in the Quarterly’s over 120 year history. The initial printing sold out in six weeks, and this second sell out is a testament to the issue’s ongoing relevance. While the issue is now free to access online, print copies will soon be available in the OHS Museum Store for $15, with all proceeds supporting the OHS mission.

Heather Cox Richardson Joins Oregon Historical Society’s “Historians and the News” Virtual Program Series February 15

February 4, 2021

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is excited to announce that Boston College professor Heather Cox Richardson will join its popular “Historians and the News” series on Monday, February 15. This virtual program series, which has previously hosted historians Erika Lee, Joanne Freeman, and Kevin Kruse, provides a space for some of the nation’s most renowned historians to discuss their insights about current events, informed by years of scholarly analysis of the past. This virtual program will take place at 5pm PT via Zoom; attendees can register in advance at https://orhs.ejoinme.org/HCR. For those who are unable to attend the event in real time, OHS will email registrants a link to access the recording, which will be available for 30 days following the live program. Each featured historian is joined by Oregon State University professor and Oregon Historical Society trustee Christopher McKnight Nichols, who worked with OHS staff members to develop this program as a way to support the Society throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oregon Historical Society Shares Update on Afro-American Heritage Bicentennial Commemorative Quilt Conservation Efforts

November 24, 2020

The Oregon Historical Society has sent the Afro-American Heritage Bicentennial Commemorative Quilt for conservation following the vandalism to the Oregon Historical Society’s (OHS) downtown facility on the evening of Sunday, October 11, 2020. During that evening, the quilt was taken from its temporary display in the OHS pavilion, where it was on exhibit as part of a collaboration with Portland Textile Month in order to offer free public access for community members to view the quilt during the month of October. Thankfully, local police recovered the quilt early the next morning, returning it to the care of OHS collections staff.

Oregon Historical Society Museum to Open Wednesday, October 14, Following Building Vandalism

October 13, 2020

Following vandalism to the Oregon Historical Society’s (OHS) downtown facility on the evening of Sunday, October 11, the museum is set to open for regular museum hours on Wednesday, October 14. Current museum hours are Wednesdays – Saturdays from 10am – 5pm and Sundays from 12pm – 5pm. While the building is currently boarded up due to the extensive damage done to the windows on the building’s front entrance and exterior, visitors will be able to safely enter the building through the 1200 SW Park Avenue entrance.

OHS Statement on October 11, 2020 Building Vandalism

October 12, 2020

OHS Members, Friends, and Supporters: As many of you have likely seen, last night the Oregon Historical Society’s downtown facility suffered extensive vandalism. While our building is going to take time to repair, I am grateful that this destruction occurred at an hour where staff and visitors were away from the building and that no one was hurt. For everyone who has called, emailed, or sent us messages of support, we can’t thank you enough for your kindness during this difficult time...

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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.

MAX stabbings inspire issue of Oregon Historical Quarterly that examines white supremacy

February 16, 2020

By Amy Wang, The Oregonian/OregonLive. The latest issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly draws a bright line from the 19th-century arrival of whites in Oregon country to the May 26, 2017, stabbings on a Portland MAX train. The quarterly, a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal published since 1900 by the nonprofit Oregon Historical Society, devotes its 268-page Winter 2019 special issue to articles detailing white supremacy and resistance throughout Oregon history. An editor’s note from one of the issue’s guest editors, Portland historian and educator Carmen P. Thompson, says the MAX stabbings were the catalyst for the issue.

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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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