Lecture     Series: History Pub

James Wasson: The Life of an Extraordinary Portlander

Free and open to the public

Monday, January 25, 2016
7PM – 8:30PM

  • Free
  • Family-friendly

McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97211
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Event Type: LectureAudience(s): Family-friendlyLocation: Portland

The life of James Wasson, a true renaissance man of pre-WWII Portland, was rediscovered by staff of Old Portland Hardware after purchasing and opening a trunk that contained Wasson’s photographs and other extraordinary records. A Buffalo solider, early African American photographer, and community leader, exploring Wasson’s life provides a unique view onto Portland's history. Old Portland Hardware owner Bret Hodgert will tell stories of how he followed clues among Wasson’s materials — including photographs of people and events, a letter from Wasson’s employer, and correspondence related to Wasson’s military service — to reconstruct the biography of this extraordinary Portlander and to understand the community in which he lived and worked.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

About History Pub

Join us for beer and history, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Cultural Trust, Holy Names Heritage Center and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local or regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.

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Special Thanks to the Following Contributors to this Exhibit

  • City of Portland Archives
  • North Portland Multimedia Center
  • The Oregonian Archives
  • Oregon Historical Society Davies Family Research Library
  • Oregon State University Archives
  • Portland State University Rutherford Collection
  • Thomas Robinson