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Free Public Lecture in Portland June 7 Features Historic Conservation Photographers

June 5, 2017

Photos and manuscripts by noted conservationist William L. Finley, his wife Irene, and Herman T. Bohlman helped in establishing wildlife refuges in Oregon. Now those photographs, manuscripts, and other documents are becoming available online and will be shown at a lecture at the First Congregational Church (1126 SW Park Avenue, Portland) June 7 at 6:30pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

Oregon Historical Society Offers Free Admission May 27 – 29 in honor of John F. Kennedy’s 100th Birthday

May 24, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017, would have marked President John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday. In honor of this milestone, and in celebration of the Oregon Historical Society’s current exhibition High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy, OHS is offering free admission Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29. “As we approach the centennial of John F. Kennedy’s birth, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to open our doors for free this weekend in order to share Kennedy’s compelling story with all Oregonians,” said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk.

Oregon Historical Society Launches New Digital Collections Site, Providing Broad and Open Access to Archival Materials

May 22, 2017

In 2015, the Oregon Historical Society embarked on an ambitious two-year project to build an infrastructure to create, collect, preserve, and provide access to digital materials in its vast historic collections. Today, OHS announces a major milestone in this project with the official launch of OHS Digital Collections ( This new website allows online public access to a rich variety of materials from the OHS Research Library, including items from our manuscript, photograph, film, and oral history collections. Behind the scenes, these files are safeguarded using a series of digital preservation workflows, systems, and storage processes called the OHS Digital Vault.

Public Celebration of SW Portland’s Historic Sovereign Building & Mural Restoration set for Saturday, May 20

May 17, 2017

The Oregon Historical Society will host a public celebration marking the completion of the restoration of the Sovereign Building and Mural this Saturday, May 20, from 3pm – 4pm at OHS (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). The celebration will include the screening of a time-lapse video documenting the restoration of the Sovereign and the mural, as well as an opportunity for guests to meet mural artists Richard Haas and Dan Cohen. Clips of the documentary can be found on the Oregon Historical Society’s website. This event is free and open to the public.

53 Oregon Students Qualify for National History Day® Competition to be Held near Washington, D.C.

May 8, 2017

Fifty-three students from across Oregon have qualified to advance to the National History Day® competition after successfully submitting their work at Oregon History Day on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The students who qualified to advance in the competition received first or second place in their category. Each year, one project is awarded Best Entry at Oregon History Day, and the winner receives round-trip air fare to Washington, D.C. for the National History Day® Contest, which will take place at the University of Maryland at College Park campus June 11-15, 2017. This year, Eshani Jha from Stoller Middle School in Beaverton received top honors for her documentary “Mahatma Gandhi: Messenger of Peace.” This award is made possible through generous grant funding from Joseph E. Weston Foundation, Marie Lamfrom Charitable Trust, the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, and the H.W. and D.C.H. Irwin Foundation.

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Exhibiting an enthusiasm for history

May 31, 2017

By Blair Stenvick, The Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood Times. Kennedy Parish found out about the annual Oregon History Day competition, hosted by Oregon Historical Society, on a whim one day when she was looking for extracurricular activities. "I've always loved history a lot," said the Tigard High School sophomore. "I Googled 'contests in Oregon' and I found it, and I was like, I'm going to enter." Parish participated in the statewide competition for high school students held at Concordia University in April — and won first place in the individual exhibit category, earning a spot at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C., which takes place June 11 through June 15.

Digital archive project reunites works of early wildlife photographers

May 12, 2017

By Bennett Hall, Corvallis Gazette-Times. Valeria Davila takes a yellowed newspaper article out of a manila folder, carefully unfolds it and spreads it out face-down on a flatbed scanner in the archives department of Oregon State University's Valley Library. It's from the Feb. 16, 1930, edition of the Los Angeles Times, a full-page photo spread that shows close-up images of a mountain lion and her cubs in the wild. The pictures were taken by William L. Finley, a pioneering wildlife photographer from Oregon whose work with early collaborator Herman T. Bohlman and later with wife Irene Finley helped popularize the cause of conservation in the early part of the 20th century.

Project digitizes efforts of Oregon conservationists

April 28, 2017

By Daniel Moret, Special to the Statesman Journal. Oregon State University has collaborated on a digital project that is making 40 years of Oregon wildlife conservation photos and documents available to the general public. The new digital collection features photographs and manuscripts by noted conservationist William L. Finley, his wife, Irene, and friend Herman T. Bohlman. Finley’s interest in wildlife conservation began when he and Bohlman, a boyhood friend, began photographing birds around Oregon at the turn of the 20th century. Together, their work was crucial in helping establish wildlife refuges in Oregon. The Oregon Historical Society’s Davies Family Research Library and Oregon State University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Research Center worked together to digitize a large array of documents related to that work, including photographs, manuscripts, publications, correspondence and other materials.

Japanese Internment & Resistance

March 27, 2017

Think Out Loud, OPB. George Nakata was a U.S. citizen who was sent to an internment camp as a young boy during World War II. He joins us, along with Linda Tamura, professor emeritus of education at Willamette University, to share the stories of Oregonians who fought against social and legal discrimination during the war years. They will both be speaking at a Kennedy School History Pub event Monday night at 7 p.m.

JFK exhibit opens at Oregon Historical Society

March 23, 2017

By KOIN 6 News Staff, March 23, 2017. A new exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society will celebrate President John F. Kennedy in what would have been the 100th year of his life. The new 6,000-square foot exhibition, “High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy” will feature hundreds of items from the president’s life and time in office. It will be the largest display of its kind outside the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

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