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Oregon Students Reach Finals at National History Day® Competition in Maryland

July 5, 2018

Fifty-two students from across Oregon traveled to College Park, Maryland to compete in the National History Day® contest June 10–14. The students who qualified for nationals received first or second place in their category at the Oregon History Day contest organized by the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) on Saturday, May 5 at Concordia University in Portland. Of the many exemplary projects that qualified for the national competition, two entries from Oregon made it all the way to the final round of the competition. Alan Zhou and Kyler Wang of Stoller Middle School in Beaverton (led by teacher Thomas Justman) placed fourth in the Junior Group Website category with their project The Pig War: Confrontation, Escalation, Arbitration. Anja Jolin of Laurelhurst School in Portland (led by teacher Lindsay Gebbie) placed eighth for her Junior Paper titled Confrontation and Negotiation: South Africa’s Transition to Democracy.

Local Scholars Solve Centuries-Old Mystery of the “Beeswax Wreck” on the Oregon Coast

June 21, 2018

For centuries, beeswax and Chinese porcelain have washed ashore on Nehalem Spit, on the north Oregon Coast. Now, archival and archaeological evidence point to the Santo Cristo de Burgos, a seventeenth-century Manila galleon owned by the kingdom of Spain, as the mysterious vessel commonly known today as the “Beeswax Wreck.” A special issue of the Oregon Historical Society’s Oregon Historical Quarterly is dedicated to the research findings. Lead author and researcher Cameron La Follette will also be giving a free presentation on the Beeswax wreck at the Oregon Historical Society’s monthly Second Sunday program on July 8 at 2pm.

Long-Running Oregon History Exhibit Closes for Renovation at Oregon Historical Society; New State-of-the-Art Experience Oregon Exhibit to Open February 2019

June 15, 2018

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) has closed its popular Oregon My Oregon exhibition after fourteen years. Construction broke ground on May 1 on a brand new state-of the art permanent exhibition, Experience Oregon, which is set to debut on Oregon’s 160th birthday on February 14, 2019. “One of the many privileges of serving as Executive Director has been the opportunity to tag along on guided tours of Oregon My Oregon,” said Kerry Tymchuk. “While I will miss Oregon My Oregon, I know that it is being replaced by an even more fascinating and relevant narrative.”

Visit the Oregon Historical Society after the Grand Floral Parade to Learn about the Rose that Made Portland Famous

June 5, 2018

Visit the Oregon Historical Society this Saturday after the Grand Floral Parade to learn the history behind the city’s famous moniker, the City of Roses. Admission to the museum is free on Saturday, June 9, and all are invited to explore the original exhibit Madame Caroline Testout: The Rose that Made Portland Famous, on view through June 17.

Memorial Day Marks the 70th Anniversary of the Vanport Flood; Commemorate this Historic Event at Local Programs and by Exploring Digital Content

May 23, 2018

Once the second largest city in Oregon, Vanport was, during its short existence from 1942 to 1948, the nation’s largest wartime housing development, a site for social innovation, and a lightning rod for racial prejudice. On Memorial Day in 1948, the Columbia River, swirling fifteen feet above normal, punched a hole in a railroad embankment that served as a dike, starting a flood that would leave 18,000 people homeless and alter race relations in Portland forever. On the 70th anniversary of this catastrophic flood, programs throughout Portland as well as a variety of rich digital content will give the community an opportunity to remember Vanport, once the second largest city in Oregon.

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These Century-Old Photos Inspired Some of the West's First Bird Refuges

July 11, 2018

By Kenn Kaufman, Audubon Magazine. William Lovell Finley (1876-1953) was a pioneer in using photography to promote conservation. Beginning in the late 1890s, he and his friend Herman T. Bohlman began experimenting with photography of birds in natural settings. During the following decades, Finley and his colleagues traveled through the wilds of Oregon and other western states, capturing thousands of images of wild birds in their habitats. These vivid portraits, and his impassioned writing about key Oregon sites, helped persuade President Theodore Roosevelt to designate Three Arch Rocks, Lower Klamath, and Malheur among the first federal bird refuges in the West. The Oregon Historical Society and Oregon State University recently collaborated on a project to collect and digitize much of the work of Finley and his colleagues. During 2016 and 2017 they digitized more than 6,800 images and more than 8,000 pages of manuscript materials. The small sampling featured here offers a fascinating inside look at the beginnings of the conservation movement.<br /><br />

Oregon history students bring home national medals from Maryland

July 5, 2018

By Shasta Kearns Moore, Portland Tribune. The Oregon Historical Society announced Thursday that 15 Oregon students and their teachers won accolades at a national history competition in Maryland last month. Of those, Anja Jolin of Laurelhurst School in Portland won the Outstanding Junior Division Affiliate Award and eighth place in the final round of competition for her paper titled "Confrontation and Negotiation: South Africa's Transition to Democracy." Jolin was guided by teacher Lindsay Gebbie. The National History Day competition, held annually in College Park, Maryland, attracts half a million participants at the local level with a select few invited to attend nationals. This year's theme was "Conflict and Compromise."

Historical magazine highlights Beeswax shipwreck off Nehalem Spit

June 27, 2018

By Edward Stratton, The Daily Astorian. The Beeswax shipwreck, a local mystery born from blocks of beeswax and shards of Chinese porcelain found along the shores of the Nehalem Spit, is the subject of the Oregon Historical Society’s newest quarterly journal, “Oregon’s Manila Galleon.”

Scholars solve mystery of Oregon coast's 'Beeswax Wreck'

June 25, 2018

By For centuries, beeswax and Chinese porcelain have washed ashore on Nehalem Spit, on the north Oregon Coast. Now, archival and archaeological evidence point to the Santo Cristo de Burgos, a 17th-century Manila galleon owned by the kingdom of Spain, as the mysterious vessel commonly known today as the “Beeswax Wreck.”

Central students delve into history

June 12, 2018

By Audrey Caro, Polk County Itemizer-Observer. Two Central High School graduates are kicking off their summer vacation at the University of Maryland in a National History Day Competition, which runs June 10 through June 14. Victor Ochoa and Ilias Lawson earned first and second place, respectively, in regional and state competitions for essays they wrote as part of Frank White’s Oregon history class at CHS. Students in the class spent the entire term researching and refining their projects.

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