March 23, 2018
Planning a stay-cation this spring break? Add a trip to the Oregon Historical Society to your activity calendar— the Oregon Historical Society is offering free admission for kids 18 and under during Oregon’s spring break week, March 26 – 30.
“Ideas Booth” gives one person the chance to join Ann Curry and Thomas Lauderdale on the TEDxPortland Stage April 21
March 9, 2018
The Oregon Historical Society has partnered with TEDxPortland for an exciting opportunity for you to make history! It may seem like an impossible dream to join the likes of Bill Gates or Brené Brown as speakers at TED, the legendary ideas conference. But with the creation of TEDx, independently-organized TED-like conferences throughout the world, it’s now possible for far more people to become speakers and share their idea. From March 5 through April 5, Oregonians have an opportunity to be chosen to join the lineup of speakers on stage at TEDxPortland on April 21 by visiting the Ideas Booth at the Oregon Historical Society and recording their pitch within 90 seconds or less. The Ideas Booth is located in the Oregon Historical Society pavilion and can be accessed for free during regular museum hours (Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm). The chosen speaker will be paired with a TEDxPortland Speaker Coach and graphic design team to hone their presentation and idea so that they are stage ready for 3000+ people (and thousands more watching online via OregonLive.com and KGW.com).
February 22, 2018
The Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal. First awarded in 2009, the History Makers Medal is regarded as one of Oregon’s most prestigious honors and is presented annually by OHS to individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon. The Oregon History Makers Medal will be presented at a dinner at the historic Montgomery Park building in Portland on Sunday, October 7, 2018. The 2018 Oregon History Makers Medal recipients are Stacy Allison (adventurer, author, & businesswoman), Edward “Ed” Ray (transformational higher education leader), Bill Stoller (visionary business leader & philanthropist), and Bob’s Red Mill (revolutionary producer of natural, certified organic and gluten-free milled grain products).
January 5, 2018
On January 15, the Oregon Black Pioneers, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Oregon’s African American heritage, unveils its fourth exhibition at the Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland. In celebration of the opening, admission will be free for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. On view through June 24, Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years is a groundbreaking exhibit that details the courage, struggle, and progress of Oregon’s Black residents during the 1960s and 1970s and the reverberation of those issues today. This interactive display traces the ways that discrimination practices affected Oregon’s Black community and spurred the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon.
December 13, 2017
Back by popular demand, museums and attractions in the Portland metro area and beyond have teamed up to offer a reciprocal membership program in 2018. Created by members of the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance (PAMA) in 2015, this special promotion was initiated as a way to show appreciation for each attraction’s loyal members, as well as to highlight the important role that cultural attractions play in the community. PAMA is excited to announce the addition of four new attractions to the reciprocal membership program. The Architectural Heritage Center, Clark County Historical Museum, Columbia River Maritime Museum, and Oregon Coast Aquarium join the Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center, Oregon Historical Society, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Washington County Museum, & Deepwood Museum & Gardens in offering its members free admission for up to four people during the months listed.
March 17, 2018
By Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic. To describe Wild Wild Country as jaw-dropping is to understate the number of times my mouth gaped while watching the series, a six-part Netflix documentary about a religious community in Oregon in the 1980s. It’s ostensibly the story of how a group led by the dynamic Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh purchased 64,000 acres of land in central Oregon in a bid to build its own utopian city. But, as the series immediately reveals, the narrative becomes darker and stranger than you might ever imagine. It’s a tale that mines the weirdness of the counterculture in the ’70s and ’80s, the age-old conflict between rural Americans and free love–preaching cityfolk, and the emotional vacuum that compels people to interpret a bearded mystic as something akin to a god.
March 14, 2018
By Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian/OregonLive. Chapman Way and Maclain Way were finishing work on "The Battered Bastards of Baseball," their 2014 documentary about the Portland Mavericks baseball team, when an archivist at the Oregon Historical Society asked what they were doing next. The two weren't sure. As grandsons of Bing Russell, actor-turned-owner of the Portland Mavericks, it wasn't a stretch that the brothers would make a documentary about the colorful team, which entertained baseball fans from 1973 through 1977. Then, Chapman recalls, archivist Matthew Cowan started talking about the hundreds of hours of footage the historical society had, about "the craziest story in the history of the state of Oregon." The more Cowan told them about the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers in rural Oregon, the weirder it all seemed, Chapman says.
March 14, 2018
By Douglas Perry, The Oregonian/OregonLive. It’s Portland’s own version of the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” LP cover. The 8 ½-foot by 4 ½-foot watercolor mural features 54 famous Portland faces -- famous in the 1990s, at least, when it was created by the late artist Bill Papas. For years the work was showcased in a restaurant at downtown Portland’s Hilton Hotel. Some of the Portlanders immortalized in the mural remain widely known today, including Columbia Sportswear chief Gert Boyle, Nike co-founder Phil Knight, the late Portland mayor Vera Katz and disgraced former Oregon Gov. Neil Goldschmidt. But there are also many faces that have migrated to the backburner of our collective memory. This isn’t Papas’ fault -- his mural was a local favorite until the hotel removed it during a 2014 remodel. It’s just that times change.
January 25, 2018
By Joseph Gallivan, Portland Tribune. The inside of KBOO radio station already looks like a museum: yellowing posters, brown sound insulation, yards of LPs, dusty shelves of digital audotapes piled on other tapes piled on books and binders. So how do you put radio in a museum? It's a tricky job, and the Oregon Historical Society has assigned one room to the celebratory exhibit called "50 Years of KBOO." It's mainly posterboard collages, plus four glass cabinets. The collages chronicle key moments of the station that has been a Johnny Appleseed (preferred pronouns they/them) of community radio for an impressive half-century. The glass cabinets contain vintage sound equipment and ephemera such as printed program guides, T-shirts and coffee mugs.
January 22, 2018
By Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian/OregonLive. Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said Monday that she deliberately chose the Oregon Historical Society and its "Racing for Change, Oregon's Civil Rights Years'' exhibit as the setting for her swearing-in ceremony to "address the elephant in the room.'' She described an era of early policing in the nation's history when sheriffs enforced segregation in the South and officers received political payoffs to turn a blind eye to a politician's illegal prostitution or drinking. "Here in Portland, the issue of racial inequality and displacement still lurks in the undercurrent of a very progressive city,'' Outlaw said moments after she was formally sworn in as the city's first African American female chief. The ceremony comes after Outlaw has been in the job for three and a half months. "We cannot effectively address crime reduction and community engagement and inclusion or organizational excellence through an equity and inclusion lens if we ignore our history.''
Oregon Historical Society Logos
The following logos are available for OHS partners to download and use in promotional materials that have been approved through the OHS Marketing Department. The Oregon Historical Society horizontal logo is preferred in marketing materials, but the vertical logo can be used when necessary to fit within a particular layout.
OHS logos with black and white typefaces are both available. The black typeface should be used on materials with a white or light colored background. The white typeface should be used on materials with a black or dark colored background. The OHS logo includes both the gold Peace Medal emblem as well as the printed typeface and should never be applied separately from each other. The OHS logo should never be printed with a white or colored box surrounding it, and the full color logo should always be used unless prior permission has been received from the OHS Marketing Department to use a black and white version of the logo.
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Rachel Randles, Communications & Marketing Manager.
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For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website ( www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.
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