Past Programs

Browse audio and video recordings from past public programs and lectures. Note that only events that were recorded will be shown on this page.

Online Video, Book Talk     

Oregon Loves New York: A Story of American Unity After 9/11

Sally Bourrie shares a recorded talk on her new book, "Oregon Loves New York," documenting the historic Flight for Freedom where Oregonians traveled to New York City following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Governor Tom McCall at a 1970 Earth Day Celebration, 1970. OHS Research Library, Org. Lot 1386

Panel Discussion, Lunch and Learn, Online Video     

Earth Day “Lunch & Learn” Commemoration: Oregon’s Bottle Bill Turns 50

Join us on the 51st celebration of Earth Day on April 22 for a special panel discussion on the history and legacy of the Bottle Bill.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
People sewing at Elks Temple Building for WPA project. OHS Research Library, Al Monner news negatives; Org. Lot 1284; Box 3; 44-4.

Book Talk, Lecture, Online Video     

Border War: The Great Depression, Interstate Migration, and The Armed Police Force at Oregon’s Doorstep

Portland-based author and journalist Bill Lascher discusses the “Bum Blockade,” when armed Los Angeles police obstructed every entry point from Oregon into California during the Great Depression.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Young Timbers supporters and Boy Scouts hang banners on the outfield wall at Civic Stadium in this photo published in Kick Magazine, 1975. OHS Research Library, Coll 160.

Exhibit Tour, Panel Discussion, Online Video     

We are the Rose City! A History of Soccer in Portland Virtual Tour

Exhibit curators Libby Provost and Morgen Young and former professional soccer player Mick Hoban host a virtual tour of the OHS exhibition, We are the Rose City! A History of Soccer in Portland.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Still-life scene. OHS Research Library, Al Monner news negatives 1940, Org. Lot 1284; box 10; 223-4

Panel Discussion, Book Talk, Online Video     

A Tasting Flight of New Books

In this showcase, OSU Press has gathered together the authors of four books published in 2020 that deepen our understanding of and broaden our perspective on Oregon’s past.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
After a black student was beaten to death by skinheads in 1989, City Commissioner Dick Bogle organized a “City of Unity Rainbow Rally” in Portland Pioneer Square. OHS Research Library, The Skanner photographs collection, Org. Lot 1286; bd000443

Lecture, Partner Event, Online Video     

From There to Here: Understanding White Nationalism

This conversation between three distinguished experts will discuss the intentions behind various white nationalism movements.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Exploding whale, Florence, Oregon, November 12, 1970, 16mm original reversal with magnetic audio. OHS Research Library, KATU News, Moving Image Collection, “Beached Whale Blow Up.”

Online Video, Panel Discussion     

The 50th Anniversary of Blasted Blubber: A Conversation with Paul Linnman

Join us on the 50th anniversary of the Florence Whale Explosion for a conversation between legendary Oregon broadcaster Paul Linnman and OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk about the event that blasted both blubber and Paul’s career skyward.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Rogue River at Walker Bar. Courtesy of Richard Bergeman from “The Land Remembers: Photographs Inspired by the Rogue River Wars of Southern Oregon, 1851-56.

Lecture, Online Video     

Revisiting the Rogue River Wars of Southern Oregon: A Photographer’s Journey and a Tribal Perspective

David Harrelson and photographer Rich Bergeman revisit the landscape where the Rogue River Wars tore through the fabric of both Indigenous and settler communities over 160 years ago.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
The African American Heritage Bicentennial Commemorative Quilt Committee made to coincide with the American Revolution Bicentennial Celebration. The quilt documents two hundred years of African American history. OHS Research Library, OrHi 50382

Online Video, Panel Discussion     

Stitching History: The Afro-American Heritage Bicentennial Commemorative Quilt

A panel discussion on the significance of the Afro-American Heritage Bicentennial Commemorative Quilt and 15 women who made it.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Postal worker near St. Helens, March 3, 1942 OHS Research Library, Al Monner news negatives; Org. Lot 1284; box 15; 485-11

Lecture, Lunch and Learn, Online Video     

The Post Office: Past, Present, Future?

This program offers a historical view of the U.S. Postal Service, explaining the democratic ideology that spurred its creation, the legislative updates that have kept it current, and the recent attacks that have been leveled on the agency.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers