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“Pittmon’s [Residential Security] Map of Portland, Ore. and vicinity, compiled from records on file in the offices of the city and county engineers.”  Copyright and published by Armena Pittmon, 1934, Portland.

Type: Online Video, Lecture     Series: History Pub

Portland’s Black Belt: Motives and Means in Albina Real Estate, 1940–1990

In 1960, Portland was the second-most segregated city on the West Coast, behind Los Angeles. Four of five Black residents lived in the Albina District. This presentation explores how the real estate industry, public officials, and citizens justified that spatial segregation. It traces the private- and public-sector mechanisms utilized to confine and re-shape Black settlement within Albina. A major motive for segregation was to enable financial exploitation of Black homeowners and renters, allowing housing-industry manipulators to extract wealth from the Black community.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Kennedy with nuns and students at Marycrest High School. May, 1960, Sister Edmund on right, photographer. CN 021687, bb008210

Type: Online Video, Lecture     

From Coos Bay to the White House: Candidate Kennedy in Oregon

In the years leading up to his presidential nomination in 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy was a frequent visitor to Oregon, serving as grand marshal of the Medford Pear Blossom Parade and throwing out the first ball at a Little League game in The Dalles. It was all a long way from Harvard, but it led to a crucial victory in the Oregon primary that propelled him toward the Oval Office.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Ellis Hadley (First in line), William L. Finley (center), and Herman Bohlman (last) wading pantsless through water to photograph a red-tailed hawk’s in 1902 near Portland, OR. Org. Lot 369, Finley A2652.

Type: Online Video, Slide Presentation     Series: On the Road with Finley and Bohlman

On the Road with Finley and Bohlman: Portland

Hunting Birds with a Camera: How William Finley and Herman Bohlman used photography to save Oregon's birds. The Oregon Historical Society is proud to present a retrospective on the work of early twentieth century nature photographers William L. Finley, Irene Finley, and Herman T. Bohlman. Scaling trees, fording rivers, and braving Oregon's most rugged landscapes, they went to almost any lengths to capture Oregon's birds on film. Their photographs and tireless dedication to education captivated the public and helped lead to the creation of the state's first wildlife refuges, laying the foundation for Oregon's legacy as a leader in conservation. Join us for a night of adventure and laughter as we explore the rarely seen, behind-the-scenes photographs and recapture the spirit of Finley's long beloved public programs.

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
1916 costumes and vehicle meets 2016 drone. © Laughing Deva Productions.

Type: Film Showing, Lecture, Special Event, Panel Discussion     

King of Roads


Oregon Historical Society, Hatfield Room
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • Free
Reverend Yoshio Iwanaga, dancing at an obon festival, late 1940s. Portland State University, accessed July 26, 2017, https://exhibits.library.pdx.edu/exhibits/show/obondancing/item/938

Type: Partner Event, Special Event, Exhibit Opening     

Obon Dance Workshop


Japanese American Historical Plaza
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Portland, Oregon 97209

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
Rep. Edith Green about to introduce N.Y. Senator Robert Kennedy at Labor Center Auditorium. Org. no. 0091P228, neg. no. 011051

Type: Lecture     Series: History Pub

Oregon’s Edith Green: Champion for Education and Equality


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

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Vanport Jazz Festival

Type: Partner Event, Concert     

Vanport Jazz Festival

Portland Meadows
1001 N Schmeer Road
Portland, Oregon 97217

  • Family-friendly
Tom McCall stands outside log barricade on Beach  -  Org Lot 353 Box 1 Folder 23 - Neg No 52610 bb005805

Type: Lecture     Series: Second Sunday

Beyond the Beach Bill: Statewide Debates over Public Beaches


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
John F Kennedy and Edith Green next to airplane. Photo by Frank Sterrett. OrHi 47017 bb015441

Type: Lecture     Series: Second Sunday

Oregonians Remember JFK


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights, by Steven Levingston

Type: Book Talk     

History Book Club


University Club
1225 SW 6th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97204

  • RSVP Required
  • Members Only
  • Adults