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.

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White supremacists gather outside Portland City Hall in May 1991 to protest the civil trial ruling against Tom Metzger. Photograph by Dean Guernsey. OHS Research Library, Skanner News Collection, Org. Lot 1286.

Special Event, Online Video     Series: Historians and the News

Historians and the News: Kathleen Belew

Dr. Kathleen Belew discusses the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and its historical roots in mid-twentieth century white supremacist movements with Dr. Christopher McKnight Nichols as part of the re-launched "Historians and the News" series.

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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.

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Barry Faulkner, Champoeg, 1843 mural mounted in the Oregon House of Representatives, State Capitol, Salem, Oregon, Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Oregon State University Library, P218 SG2 Series IX

Education Event, Professional Development, Online Video     

Racial Exclusion and the Law in Pre-Statehood Oregon

In this guest presentation by Kenneth Coleman, educators will learn about Oregon’s early racial exclusion laws, including the Black exclusion laws of Oregon’s provisional and territorial governments, and the federal Oregon Donation Land Act.

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Map-art by Natchee Barnd. Courtesy Natchee Barnd.

Education Event, Professional Development, Online Video     

Maps and Meanings

In this guest presentation by Natchee Barnd, educators engage with Indigenous geographies and learn tools for teaching anti-colonial strategies in the classroom.

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Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Oregon. Photo courtesy of Coyote Amrich.

Online Video, Panel Discussion     

It Did Happen Here: Histories of Fighting White Supremacists in Portland

Join us for a discussion with the It Did Happen Here produces and a featured activist about the process of making the podcast and how anti-racist activists continue to change Portland.

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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.

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Governor Barbara Roberts poses in the Oregon Historical Society’s Nevertheless, They Persisted exhibition next to her inauguration dress.

Special Event, Online Video     

Political Pathbreaker: A Conversation with Barbara Roberts

On the 30th anniversary of the inauguration of Barbara Roberts as Oregon’s first woman governor, Kerry Tymchuk moderates a conversation with Roberts on her experience in government and the history of women’s political leadership.

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Herbs and Roots: A History of Chinese Doctors in the American Medical Marketplace

Online Video, Book Talk     

Herbs and Roots: A History of Chinese Doctors in the American Medical Marketplace

Chinese medicine has a long history in the United States, dating back to its colonial period and extending up to the present. Tamara Venit-Shelton’s book chronicles roughly two hundred years of Chinese medicine as a dynamic system of knowledge, therapies, and materia medica brought to the United States and transformed by immigrants, doctors, and patients as well as missionaries, scientists, and merchants.

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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.

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