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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
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
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
Mitzi Loftus with her family at the Tule Lake Internment Camp. (McMenamins)

Type: Lecture, Partner Event     Series: History Pub

Detained by My Country


McMenamins Old St. Francis School
700 N.W. Bond Street
Bend, Oregon 97703

  • Free
  • Family-friendly

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
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
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