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Barley, Barrels, Bottles, & Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer debuts at the Oregon Historical Society October 26

October 19, 2018

The history of beer in Oregon and the passion Oregonians hold for brewing extends back over two hundred years. From the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the nineteenth century European immigrants who established Oregon’s first breweries to the craft brewery revolution centered here today, this delicious hoppy beverage has been a cornerstone of Oregon’s agriculture and economy. Opening at the Oregon Historical Society on October 26, Barley, Barrels, Bottles, & Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer profiles the people, companies, and legislation that have made Oregon the innovative center of craft brewing that it is today.

Teddy Roosevelt Historical Tribute Tour Returns to Oregon October 15 – 19, 2018

October 9, 2018

Teddy Roosevelt’s Oregon Roadshow, a week-long performance tour by historical recreator Joe Wiegand, returns Oct. 15-19 to Oregon. The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) and Wells Fargo sponsor this annual event, now in its sixth year. Wiegand has entertained and educated people of all ages as he traversed thousands of miles throughout the state. This year he will perform at schools, theatres, and museums in Corvallis, Beaverton, Astoria, Portland, and Springfield. Visit to view the complete schedule. Portlanders can see “Teddy” at a special performance on Monday, October 15, at 7pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 S.W. Park Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

See if you have treasure buried in your closet at the Oregon Historical Society’s annual What’s It Worth? event

August 22, 2018

It is time to fish out your family heirlooms and see if they could be worth a fortune! Local experts will be examining and estimating the value of your art, jewelry, antiques, and more at the Oregon Historical Society’s annual event, What’s It Worth? This Sunday, August 26, from 12pm to 4pm, you could discover if your sentimental knick-knack is actually a valuable collectible! Admission to the event is free, and each item evaluation is $10 (evaluation tickets will be available on Sunday until 3:30pm). All proceeds raised from this special event support the Oregon Historical Society’s mission.

Oregon State University’s 2018 College World Series Championship Trophy on View at the Oregon Historical Society

July 31, 2018

Following their triumphant win at the 2018 College World Series, the Oregon State Beaver’s championship trophy will be on display at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. Oregon State defeated Arkansas in three games to claim the coveted baseball title, and by doing so became the first team in the NCAA Super Regional era to win three titles. The trophy will be on view beginning Wednesday, August 1 through Sunday, August 5 in the pavilion of the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue) and admission is free to view the trophy.

Students from Brookings, Oregon to Display World War II Exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland

July 19, 2018

“The Remembrance of World War II,” an exhibit created by students from Brookings-Harbor High School, will be on display at the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) in Portland. The exhibit, which took 60 students from two classes of Junior U.S. History and the State and Local History class four weeks to create, gives a localized perspective on World War II from the viewpoint of the American homefront. Many of the photos featured in the exhibit are on loan from veterans living in Brookings and have never been published before now. “The Remembrance of World War II,” will be on view in the main pavilion of OHS from July 27 through August 3. Admission to this exhibit is free!

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‘Portland Psychedelic’ exhibit a return to hippie heyday of ’60s

September 23, 2018

By Scott Hewitt, The Columbian. “The dream of the ’90s is alive in Portland,” the satirical TV show “Portlandia” proudly sings — that dream being to form a rock band and save the planet while letting your precious individualism hang out in all its eclectic glory. Cover yourself with artistic tatoos, go to clown school and clamber up on that double-decker bike — why not? Maybe the dream of the ’90s is really the recycled dream of the psychedelic 1960s, when rock bands and revolution — both political and personal — became a way of life. And Portland, a West Coast way station between Seattle and San Francisco, not only drew bands like the Beatles (in 1965), the Doors (in 1968) and Led Zeppelin (in 1972) — it also grew its own grass-roots musical and counter-cultural scene. You can explore that scene in “Portland Psychedelic,” a colorful exhibit now on display at the Oregon Historical Society museum. It traces the history of beatniks and hippies, folkies and rockers as the earnest coffeehouse and folk-revival scene of the early 1960s eventually exploded with amplification, rebellion and, of course, drugs.

Kerry Tymchuk Accepts Statesman of the Year, Models Bipartisanship

September 17, 2018

By OBI Communications. Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) honored Oregon Historical Society Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk as Statesman of the Year at the 2018 Statesman Dinner Thursday night at the Oregon Convention Center. The annual event drew an audience of more than 500, including elected officials and business leaders. In his acceptance speech Tymchuk thanked those who helped make possible a career that took him from the small Oregon coastal town of Reedsport to Washington, D.C., where he was a trusted advisor and speechwriter for U.S. Senators Bob Dole (R-Kansas) and Gordon Smith (R-Oregon) and Labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole. He has been executive director of the Historical Society since 2011.

Lewis McArthur, who set the standard for Oregon geographic-names history, dies at 101

September 6, 2018

By Douglas Perry, The Oregonian/OregonLive. A five-foot-high "earthen protuberance" rises above a remote Wasco County bluff over the Columbia River. A raw, beautiful spot, it's said. Distinctly Oregon. This is McArthur Mound, the name bestowed by the Oregon Geographic Names Board after its longtime leader, Lewis L. McArthur, retired from the board shortly before his 90th birthday. The 2006 naming of the rise was a playful honor: "an in-joke," says McArthur's daughter, Mary McArthur. "We were joking that there was no geographic feature too small to name." But it was also a heartfelt recognition. It only seemed right that Lew McArthur's name be added, even if unofficially and whimsically, to the catalog of the state's monikers. McArthur, who died on August 29 at 101, spent much of his life researching Oregon places and their histories, becoming, in the words of retired journalist John Terry, the "dean of Oregon geographic names."

KOIN's Gabrielle Karol takes 1st in 'Cake Smack-down'

August 20, 2018

By KOIN 6 News Staff. Reporter by day, award-winning baker by night. Gabrielle Karol participated in the 4th annual "Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down" on Monday and took home the top prize. There were 18 cakes in total, but only one could come out on top. Gabrielle received a score of 84 out of a possible 100. Gabrielle said she was "honored" by the win. The event is organized by the Oregon Historical Society -- with chocolate cake connoisseur Gerry Frank serving as the sole judge.

These Century-Old Photos Inspired Some of the West's First Bird Refuges

July 11, 2018

By Kenn Kaufman, Audubon Magazine. William Lovell Finley (1876-1953) was a pioneer in using photography to promote conservation. Beginning in the late 1890s, he and his friend Herman T. Bohlman began experimenting with photography of birds in natural settings. During the following decades, Finley and his colleagues traveled through the wilds of Oregon and other western states, capturing thousands of images of wild birds in their habitats. These vivid portraits, and his impassioned writing about key Oregon sites, helped persuade President Theodore Roosevelt to designate Three Arch Rocks, Lower Klamath, and Malheur among the first federal bird refuges in the West. The Oregon Historical Society and Oregon State University recently collaborated on a project to collect and digitize much of the work of Finley and his colleagues. During 2016 and 2017 they digitized more than 6,800 images and more than 8,000 pages of manuscript materials. The small sampling featured here offers a fascinating inside look at the beginnings of the conservation movement.

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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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