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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
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
Multnomah County poor farm on Canyon Rd, before 1909 move to Troutdale. In 1928 grounds were assigned to Hoyt Arboretum. 351p002 1142-17 CN 021251

Type: Lecture     Series: History Pub

From Poor Farm to Global Attraction: The History of Portland’s International Rose Test Garden


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

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Lee Hing Family, photographed by Tim Brown. OrHi 104949 bb013814

Type: Workshop     

Genealogy Workshop — Researching Chinese-American Family History


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • Researchers
  • Teachers

Type: Lecture     Series: Second Sunday

Race and Resistance in Early Twentieth Century Oregon


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Children at Swan Island refugee center set up by the Red Cross after the Vanport Flood, 1948. OrHi 90661. Photographs: Portland - NE Neighborhoods - Vanport [graphic]; Photo file #1689-A; 1948/05

Type: Television Broadcast, Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Vanport


OPB-TV

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

Type: Special Event, Lecture     Series: Teddy Roosevelts Oregon Roadshow

An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt


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

  • Teachers
  • Family-friendly
Chinese Exclusion Act

Type: Film Showing, Panel Discussion     

The Chinese Exclusion Act


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • Free
  • Adults
  • Researchers
  • Teachers