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The Oregon Historical Society’s Research Library Resumes Pre-Pandemic Hours; Now Open to the Public Five Days A Week, No Appointment Needed

September 27, 2022

Portland, OR — September 27, 2022 — The Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce that its research library resumes pre-pandemic hours on Tuesday, September 27. While appointments have been required to visit the library’s downtown reading room to promote social distancing, researchers are now welcome to visit the library on Tuesdays from 1pm to 5pm and Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 5pm, no appointment needed.

Motown: The Sound of Young America Debuts at the Oregon Historical Society Friday, September 23

September 19, 2022

The 1960s was one of the most musically diverse decades in American history. While The Beatles and Bob Dylan topped the charts, a unique sound out of Detroit also shaped the musical landscape. It originated on the city’s streets and in its housing projects, reflecting seismic shifts in not just pop music, but in racial attitudes and youth culture. Motown: The Sound of Young America, on view at the Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland from September 23, 2022, through March 26, 2023, shares the story of the famed record company and the artists who collectively changed the musical direction of the nation.

Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster Now On View at the Oregon Historical Society

September 13, 2022

Historically, American political posters were ephemeral and hardworking, hiding in plain sight but intended to capture attention, and votes, through visual language. As an art form, the American political poster has been sorely neglected, despite its effectiveness in conveying political messages to millions of voters often through the skillful use of visual communication. Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844–2012, on view at the Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland now through November 30, 2022, surveys some of the most exciting and rarely seen works and explores a variety of styles, design trends, and printing technologies to show the great American political poster as art.

Mount Emily Shay #1 Locomotive Finds New Home in Portland

September 2, 2022

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) and the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation (ORHF) are pleased to announce the permanent transfer of the Mount Emily Shay #1 locomotive to ORHF. The Mount Emily Shay was manufactured at the Lima Locomotive Works in Ohio in the 1920s. Shays are geared steam locomotives, specifically suited for mining and timber industries. While almost three thousand Shays were manufactured, only around 115 still exist today; even less are still operational.

Immigrant Story Art Exhibition Showcases the Wide Range of Asian American Experiences in Oregon

August 24, 2022

The Immigrant Story and the Oregon Historical Society, in collaboration with Portland photographer Jim Lommasson and conceptual artist Roberta Wong, will present a powerful new exhibition, I Am An American: Stories of Exclusion and Belonging, opening this Friday, August 26 at the Oregon Historical Society’s museum in downtown Portland. The exhibition includes photographs, collected objects, and narratives from Asian Americans, speaking to the resilience of Asian Americans in the face of exclusion and hatred as well as the many dimensions of Asian American identity.

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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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