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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...

The Oregon Historical Society and The Immigrant Story collaborate to preserve and create access to oral history interviews with local immigrants and refugees

September 29, 2020

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) and The Immigrant Story (TIS) are proud to announce that a series of oral history interviews with local immigrants are now publicly available through the OHS Digital Collections website. The stories shared in these audio interviews cover a wide range of experiences and perspectives from around the globe. These individuals, who have nearly all found their home in Oregon, provide a glimpse at the variety of reasons that compel people to immigrate: for safety, for opportunity, for careers, for love. Discussions between OHS and TIS began in 2018 around finding a suitable archive for The Immigrant Story’s original oral history recordings. The Oregon Historical Society’s commitment to public access, substantial experience with oral history collections, and existing infrastructure to preserve digital recordings made OHS a natural home. These newly available recordings are among the earliest recorded by The Immigrant Story. More will be added to OHS Digital Collections over time. This agreement is part of a larger partnership between the two organizations that also includes public programs and a series of exhibitions in the Oregon Historical Society’s museum. The first exhibit in this three-exhibit partnership, DREAMs Deferred is currently on view in the downtown Portland museum and closed on October 11, 2020. This exhibit amplifies the voices of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America who came to the United States as children or young adults and grew up navigating school, work, and social life without official papers.

Oregon Historical Society and Oregon Women’s History Consortium Commemorate Voting Rights Activism with #ChalktheVoteOR Campaign

August 18, 2020

August 18, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by Tennessee. On August 26, 1920, U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed the proclamation, formally extending voting rights to American women citizens. As we commemorate this centennial, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) and the Oregon Women’s History Consortium (OWHC) are launching the #ChalktheVoteOR campaign, a community engagement project to generate conversations and spread knowledge about the many changes to voting rights in our state’s and nation’s history.

Rare Japanese American 16mm home movies, ca. 1925 – 1960, now available for viewing online via Oregon Historical Society Digital Collections

August 4, 2020

The Oregon Historical Society is excited to announce that fifteen reels of 16mm home movies, shot by the Tsuboi family, are now available for viewing on the Oregon Historical Society Digital Collections website. Teruo Tsuboi ran, with his older brother, the Tsuboi Brothers store at 315 Burnside Street, Portland. The store sold Western style clothing, jewelry, and after World War II, added an optometrist exam room. The films document the day-to-day activities of a Japanese American family living in the Pacific Northwest over multiple generations and contain rare scenes of family life both before and after World War II.

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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.

Oregon Historical Society Delves into State’s White Supremacist History

February 6, 2020

By Saundra Sorenson, The Skanner. The Oregon Historical Quarterly’s Winter 2019 edition may well be the definitive historical account of white supremacy in Oregon—and the ongoing resistance to it. Though it is a peer-reviewed academic journal, the special issue is structured like a textbook and reads as a compelling narrative, thanks to a diverse group of contributors that include historians and history professors, journalists, authors, educators, a retired judge, a civil rights lawyer, a natural resource management professional and the assistant attorney general for the Oregon Department of Justice. “We can imagine it with a lot of uses, everything from scholarship to public policy to education,” Eliza E. Canty-Jones, editor of OHQ, told The Skanner. “I think just citizens in general will be using it to better understand their state.”

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OHS logos with black and white typefaces are both available. The black typeface should be used on materials with a white or light colored background. The white typeface should be used on materials with a black or dark colored background. The OHS logo includes both the gold Peace Medal emblem as well as the printed typeface and should never be applied separately from each other. The OHS logo should never be printed with a white or colored box surrounding it, and the full color logo should always be used unless prior permission has been received from the OHS Marketing Department to use a black and white version of the logo.

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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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Director of Marketing & Communications
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503.306.5221