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Okropong. Courtesy Obo Addy Legacy Project

Type: Online Video, Lecture, Musical Performance     Series: History Pub

The Legacy of Obo Addy and His Impact in the Pacific Northwest

For decades, the musical traditions of Ghana were explored and extended by Ghana-born and Portland-based drummer, composer, and bandleader Obo Addy. Together with his world beat band, Kukrudu, and traditional quartet, Okropong, Addy was one of Ghana's greatest musical ambassadors. Join us for a presentation on Obbo Addy's impact on the Pacific Northwest, including a performance by Okropong.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, the Rev. Dr. Rodney Page, and Mr. Frank Afranji

Type: Special Event, Panel Discussion, Online Video     

Oregonians’ Efforts for Peace in the Middle East

This evening of dialogue features perspectives and memories shared by three Oregonians — a Jew, a Muslim, and a Christian — who for almost three decades have been struggling together from their common faith, to work, pray, and strive for peace in the Middle East. Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, Mr. Frank Afranji, and the Rev. Dr. Rodney Page first traveled to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza in 1988, during the first Intefada (uprising). They then founded the Oregon Inter-religious Committee for Peace in the Middle East. On New Year’s morning in 1990 they started Cavalcade for Peace in the Middle East just before the first Gulf war. The Cavalcade continued, on New Year’s morning, for many years. Join us for an evening of reflection on the ways they have worked together in Oregon and increase interfaith understanding and foster peace. Jan Elfers, new Executive Director of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, will moderate the panel. Questions will be taken from the audience.

  • Family-friendly
Rescuers form human rescue chain during Vanport Flood, 1948. Oregonian photo, OrHi 52428

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Vanport

During the early 1940s, Vanport, Oregon, was the second largest city in the state. But on a Sunday afternoon in May 1948, it disappeared completely — destroyed by a catastrophic flood.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Theodore Roosevelt recreator Joe Wiegand. Photo by Mark Glenn Studio

Type: Lecture, Audio Recording     Series: Teddy Roosevelts Oregon Roadshow

An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt 2017

Back by popular demand, famed Teddy Roosevelt reprisor returns for a free performance at the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Watch as the Colonel comes to life at an exciting living history event, where you will be convinced you are in the presence of our twenty-sixth president.

  • Teachers
  • Family-friendly
Martha Washington building, c.1917, OrHi54381 bb016434

Type: Lecture     Series: History Pub

The Martha Washington Hotel: Portland’s Early Affordable Housing Endeavor


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

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill

Type: Book Talk     

Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
Black United Front leader, Ron Herndon, stands on a desk at a School Board protest against the closure of Harriet Tubman Middle School, March 30, 1982. Steve Nehl, Oregon Journal. OrHi 95005 ba018353

Type: Exhibit Opening     

Members Opening Reception—Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • RSVP Required
  • Free for Members
  • Members Only
  • Family-friendly
Oregon Spectator front page, July 22, 1851

Type: Lecture     Series: Second Sunday

Beyond Fake News: How We Find Accurate Information about the World


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Taylor Branch. Photo by J. Brough Schamp

Type: Lecture, Special Event     Series: Hatfield Historians Forum

Taylor Branch


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

  • Family-friendly
  • Teachers
Bob Woodward

Type: Lecture, Special Event     Series: Hatfield Historians Forum

Bob Woodward


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

  • Family-friendly
  • Teachers