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Warren Bracken (piano), Johny “Lightning” Cleveland (drums), Long Goodie (bass), George Lawson (sax), and Lloyd Allen (guitar), courtesy Lorna Bracken Baxter

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Jazz Town An Oregon Experience

World War II brought a great wave of workers and their families from across the country to work in the shipyards of Portland, and the city’s African American population grew from 2,000 to about 22,000. Many of the newcomers came with a shared passion for rhythm-and-blues and contemporary, danceable jazz, but they had come to a very segregated city that offered few venues for black people to perform or to listen to music. In the latest episode of Oregon Experience, explore a vibrant but short-lived period of Portland history: the post-WWII eruption of music and nightlife in the North/Northeast part of town. This was a colorful and significant chapter in the city’s cultural narrative, but one that is largely unknown even to those who now live in the heart of the music scene on North Williams Avenue.

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Searching for York

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Searching for York

The Lewis & Clark Expedition was a pivotal moment in American history. But the story of York, a slave to William Clark from boyhood and comrade on this journey, has been obscured by omission and stereotype. Searching for York paints a portrait of this unofficial member of the Corps of Discovery as it discusses the ways in which history is written.

David Lett tastes wine at The Eyrie Vineyards winery in McMinnville, Oregon. Tom Ballard took the photo for an article in the News-Register.

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Oregon Wine—Grapes of Place

In the 1960s a new breed of pioneers began arriving in Oregon’s Willamette Valley determined to grow Vitis vinifera, the fine wine grapes of Europe. They were told it couldn’t be done and were amply warned that Western Oregon was too cold and wet for vinifera to flourish.

H.W. Brands

Type: Audio Recording, Lecture     Series: Hatfield Historians Forum

H.W. Brands

Henry William Brands was born in Oregon, went to college in California, sold cutlery across the American West, and earned graduate degrees in mathematics and history in Oregon and Texas. Currently the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin, he writes on American history and politics, with books including his newest work, "The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman on the Brink of Nuclear War."

Arline Moore and the Rev. Sherman Burgoyne, leaders of the League for Liberty & Justice in Hood River, look up at the

Type: Lecture     Series: History Pub

Stories of Resistance to Japanese American Incarceration and Discrimination


McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97211

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
T.J. Stiles. Photo by Michael Lionstar

Type: Lecture     Series: Hatfield Historians Forum

T.J. Stiles


First Congregational United Church of Christ
1126 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205

Photo card catalog

Type: Workshop     

Genealogy Workshop — History for the Genealogist and How to Use Historical Societies


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • Researchers
  • Teachers
WWI “Clear-The-Way!” Howard Chandler Christy war bond poster. (1918)

Type: Lecture     Series: World War I Centennial

The U.S. Goes to the Great War: What Happened, Why It Matters Today


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • Free
  • Researchers
  • Family-friendly
Marie Equi mugshot, an Oregonian convicted under the Espionage and Sedition Acts, San Quentin State Penitentiary, courtesy California State Archives

Type: Panel Discussion     Series: World War I Centennial

Dissent and World War I in the United States and Oregon


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • Free
  • Researchers
  • Family-friendly
2016 Oregon History Day Best Entry Winner Jake Sprenger from Helix High School

Type: Education Event, Special Event     

Oregon History Day


Concordia University
2811 NE Holman Street
Portland, Oregon 97211

  • Teachers
  • Family-friendly