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Exhibit Opens May 14 Featuring Stories of Immigrant Women of Color, War Survivors

May 12, 2021

On May 14, 2021, a public exhibition from The Immigrant Story, “I Am My Story: Voices of Hope,” opens at the Oregon Historical Society (OHS). It features stories by six African women who are war survivors. The newest exhibition by The Immigrant Story is a collaboration with acclaimed Portland photographer Jim Lommasson and his storytelling project, “What We Carried.” Lommasson created photos of the objects the women brought with them while traveling from their homelands to the U.S., and asked them to write on the photos. The objects, portraits and narratives connect viewers with the reflections, joys and fears of these young women. They shine a light on different facets of the Black experience, including the multiple layers of adversity experienced by immigrant women of color and survivors of war.

OHS Statement on Anti-Asian Violence

May 3, 2021

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is honored to be a supporter of the May 8, 2021, kick-off event for Rise Against Hate Oregon. We support all Asian Oregonians and their collaborators in working to bring to the public’s attention the long and ongoing history of individual and institutional acts of violence against Asian people in our state and nation.

Oregon Historical Society’s Museum Expands Open Hours on Wednesday, April 7

April 5, 2021

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is excited to announce the expansion of its museum and museum store hours this Wednesday, April 7. Until further notice, public museum and store hours will be Wednesdays through Sundays from 12pm – 5pm. The OHS Research Library remains closed for renovations that began in January 2020. More information on library services that are available during the renovation can be found at ohs.org/libraryreno. Following the guidance and requirements of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) for indoor entertainment establishments, the Oregon Historical Society has implemented important safety protocols for the health of our staff and visitors. Current protocols are detailed at the bottom of this press release as well as at ohs.org/reopening.

Portland Teacher Amy McBride Nominated for National History Day® Teacher of the Year Award

March 4, 2021

Amy McBride, a social sciences teacher at ACCESS Academy for Portland Public Schools, has been nominated by the Oregon Historical Society 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. McBride trained two additional teachers at her school to participate in the program, and serves as an Oregon History Day mentor for Oregon teachers. She also organizes a History Day open house for students’ families, where participating students present their projects to visitors. Each of the 58 National History Day® affiliates may nominate one middle school teacher for the Patricia Behring Award annually. As the National History Day® affiliate organizer for Oregon, the Oregon Historical Society is proud to nominate McBride as its 2021 nominee.

Oregon Historical Society’s Museum Reopens Saturday, March 6, with Limited Weekend Hours

March 2, 2021

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is excited to announce the reopening of its museum and museum store this Saturday, March 6. Until further notice, public museum and store hours will be Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm – 5pm. The museum will also have special hours during the week of Oregon’s spring break, opening from Tuesday, March 23 through Sunday, March 28, from 12pm – 5pm. The OHS Research Library remains closed for renovations that began in January 2020. More information on library services that are available during the renovation can be found at ohs.org/libraryreno. Following the guidance and requirements of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) for indoor entertainment establishments, the Oregon Historical Society has implemented important safety protocols for the health of our staff and visitors. Current protocols are detailed at the bottom of this press release as well as at ohs.org/reopening.

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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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For more information or additional materials, please contact:

Rachel Randles
Director of Marketing & Communications
rachel.randles@ohs.org

503.306.5221