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High Hopes—The Journey of John F. Kennedy

March 6, 2017

One hundred years after his birth, and more than a half-century after his shocking death, John Fitzgerald Kennedy remains a subject of endless fascination for millions of Americans. On March 25, the Oregon Historical Society will unveil an original 6,000 square foot exhibition on the life of this iconic president. The youngest president ever elected, Kennedy’s 1,037 day administration was marked by great hope as well as great tension. How he reached the White House is a story of both privilege and determination. While much of his life has been overshadowed by his assassination at a young age, Kennedy’s achievements during his presidency were significant and are still affecting history today.

Hood River Photographer Peter Marbach Presents Lecture and Slide Show on the Columbia River

February 13, 2017

Photographer Peter Marbach will share stories and imagery from his current project documenting the landscapes and culture of the entire 1,250 Columbia, from its humble beginnings in Canal Flats, British Columbia, to the two-mile-wide confluence with the Pacific, at a free public lecture and slide show on Wednesday, February 15 at 7pm at the Oregon Historical Society. At this program, entitled “River of Hope: The Columbia River – From Source to Sea,” Marbach will discuss the importance of the current Columbia River Treaty re-negotiations and its implications that may lead to the eventual return of Pacific Salmon all the way to the headwaters.

Celebrate Oregon’s 158th Birthday with Free Cake at the Oregon Historical Society!

February 10, 2017

Celebrate Oregon's birthday in style at the Oregon Historical Society! Oregon shares its birthday with Valentine’s Day—what could be a better way to celebrate the holiday than by professing your love for Oregon? The celebration begins on Tuesday, February 14 at noon in the Oregon Historical Society pavilion. Join radio broadcaster Margie Boule in singing “Happy Birthday” to Oregon, and then enjoy a slice of birthday cake served by former Governors Ted Kulongoski and Barbara Roberts. While you feast on cake from Gerry Frank’s Konditeri, listen to a musical performance by the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association.

Newspace Center for Photography and the Oregon Historical Society Announce Selection of “The Others” for Exposing the Archive Residency & Exhibition Program

February 8, 2017

Newspace Center for Photography and the Oregon Historical Society’s Research Library (OHS) are pleased to announce the selection of “The Others,” a project by collaborating artists Briana Cerezo, Ross Lee Chappell and Jennifer Rabin, for the 2017 Exposing the Archive Residency & Exhibition Program.

Oregon Historical Society Recipient of the Northwest China Council 2017 Flying Horse Award

January 23, 2017

Northwest China Council is pleased to announce that the Oregon Historical Society will be presented with their annual Flying Horse Award at a gala celebration on Thursday, February 16. Northwest China Council has honored 26 individuals and businesses with the Flying Horse Award for their outstanding promotion of a greater understanding of Chinese culture in Oregon and SW Washington. Past recipients include Bruce and Gloria Wong, the Yat Sing Music Club, Mayor Bud Clark, and most recently Professor Jeffrey Barlow and Christine Richardson-Barlow.

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JFK: Inspiring a new generation

March 15, 2017

By Lyndsey Hewitt, Portland Tribune. People around the world are celebrating John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy's 100th birthday this year. Oregon Historical Society will unveil a comprehensive exhibit of items and photos. Aptly called "High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy," the exhibition is titled after Frank Sinatra's song of the same name used during Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign. His face and rare and cherished memorabilia will grace the walls of the Oregon Historical Society from March 25 through Nov. 12, as the society unveils a 6,000-square-foot exhibition celebrating the life of the youngest president ever elected.

2017 Chinese Lunar New Year parades through downtown Portland

January 29, 2017

By The Oregonian/OregonLive. An old compatriot with fire in its, well, breath, joined the Lunar New Year celebration on Sunday in downtown Portland. Roughly 20 years after it last welcomed the new year in Portland's Chinatown neighborhood, the 100-foot long ceremonial dragon, a gift from the Taiwanese government, danced for paradegoers with the assistance of two dozen volunteers. Hundreds have seen the dragon since it was brought out of storage last year, but this was its formal return to the new year festivities. After its travels through downtown, the dragon, accompanied by Lion Dance teams, was taken to the Oregon Historical Society where the Portland Chinatown History Foundation and the historical society hosted an afternoon of activities.

What's the story? How to research old homes

January 26, 2017

By Janet Eastman, The Oregonian/OregonLive. With all the talk about homes being demolished to make room for new dwellings, it's comforting to know that many houses, duplexes and apartments have survived more than a century of change. The Architectural Heritage Center and the Oregon Historical Society are places you can visit for information and sources. Find the tax ID - lot and block information - at Portland Maps.

The Columbia River: From Source to Sea Exhibit

January 12, 2017

KATU. Photographer Peter Marbach talked about his 10 year odyssey of photographing the beautiful landscapes and people of the Columbia River. His exhibit is on display now through April 1 at the Oregon Historical Society in Downtown Portland.

Portland removes its last single-space, coin-op parking meter

December 1, 2016

By Elliot Njus, The Oregonian/OregonLive. Portland's single-space, coin-operated parking meters have eaten their last nickel. The city on Thursday removed the last of the devices, which have now been completely replaced by payment kiosks that accept credit cards as well as coins. At their peak, there were more than 7,000 single-space parking meters in the city. The meter removed Thursday will be donated to the Oregon Historical Society.

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