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On the Fourth of July, children rode through town on a violin-shaped float.

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Sagebrush Symphony

The Portland Youth Philharmonic is America's first youth orchestra. But the story of the PYP begins in Burns where a violinist named Mary Dodge shared her love of music with the local children. As their talent emerged, Dodge formed a children's orchestra called the Sagebrush Symphony that captivated audiences statewide.

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long line skinner

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Reub Long’s Oregon Desert

Back in the early ‘60s, Russ Jackman, a retired OSU extension agent, and Reuben Long, a colorful Fort Rock Valley rancher, collaborated to create a book. The result, “The Oregon Desert,” was unique. It successfully blended natural science with cowboy humor and scholarly prose with casual meanderings. It was a celebration of rural Western storytelling, and over the years, it has become a Pacific Northwest classic.

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Maxville Loggers: This photograph was taken in Maxville. Photo courtesy of Dorothy Smith

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

The Logger's Daughter

In 1923, a Missouri lumber company built a town in northeastern Oregon named Maxville. Hundreds of loggers left Arkansas and Mississippi to live and work there. Many brought their families, and many were African Americans. While the town has long since disappeared, the Maxville story is still unfolding. The Logger’s Daughter follows Gwen Trice, an African-American woman who was born and raised in Eastern Oregon, as she sets out to explore her family’s past.

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Massacre at Hells Canyon

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Massacre At Hells Canyon

In 1887, a gang of horse thieves gunned down as many as 34 Chinese gold miners on the Oregon side of the Snake River near Hells Canyon. Some have called it the country’s worst massacre of Chinese by whites. Though the killers were known, and at least one confessed, no one was ever convicted.

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Vanport Mosaic Festival, May 26th - June 30th, 2021. Artwork by Latoya Lovely.

Type: Partner Event, Special Event, Virtual Event     

Vanport Mosaic Festival 2021

Multiple virtual and in-person locations through June 30

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Cars and bathers on an Oregon beach.  Oregon State Archives

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

The Beach Bill

In 1967 Governor Tom McCall signed the Beach Bill with great fanfare — granting the public recreational access to Oregon’s beaches. But the bill almost died in committee. A behind the scenes look at the history, politics and people behind HB 1601.

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Tom McCall

Type: Online Video, Television Broadcast     Series: Oregon Experience

Tom McCall


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White Plague

Type: Online Video, Television Broadcast     Series: Oregon Experience

White Plague


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ba011744 Portland celebration

Type: Online Video, Television Broadcast     Series: Oregon Experience

Road to Statehood


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Crater Lake Lodge was built in 1915 to attract more tourists. Photo circa 1920s. # 93200

Type: Online Video, Television Broadcast     Series: Oregon Experience

William Gladstone Steel


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