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Maxville Loggers: This photograph was taken in Maxville. Photo courtesy of Dorothy Smith

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

The Logger's Daughter

In 1923, a Missouri lumber company built a town in northeastern Oregon named Maxville. Hundreds of loggers left Arkansas and Mississippi to live and work there. Many brought their families, and many were African Americans. While the town has long since disappeared, the Maxville story is still unfolding. The Logger’s Daughter follows Gwen Trice, an African-American woman who was born and raised in Eastern Oregon, as she sets out to explore her family’s past.

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Lola Baldwin, about 1890. Item Number bb003366 and OrHi 83946.

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Lola G. Baldwin

On April 1, 1908 Lola G. Baldwin was sworn in “to perform police service” for Portland, Oregon and became the nation’s first policewoman. As Superintendent of the new Women’s Protective Division, Detective Baldwin crusaded for the moral and physical welfare of young, single working women. Her goal was to prevent them from being lured into lives of prostitution and crime by offering positive alternatives and by making the city safe.

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Holland, Lloyd Smith Collections

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Capturing Oregon's Frontier

More than 30 years ago photographer Lloyd Smith bought a box of historic glass plate negatives at a garage sale. The box contained hundreds of photographs documenting rural life in Southern Oregon in the early 20th century. The images featured families posed in front of their homes, men and women working at everyday tasks, children at play, and just about all facets of rural life. Today, Smith has a collection of thousands of historic images, most from Southern Oregon dating from 1890 to 1910s.

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long line skinner

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Reub Long’s Oregon Desert

Back in the early ‘60s, Russ Jackman, a retired OSU extension agent, and Reuben Long, a colorful Fort Rock Valley rancher, collaborated to create a book. The result, “The Oregon Desert,” was unique. It successfully blended natural science with cowboy humor and scholarly prose with casual meanderings. It was a celebration of rural Western storytelling, and over the years, it has become a Pacific Northwest classic.

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Oregon Experience: Hanford

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Hanford

In 1943, as World War II raged in Europe and the Pacific, thousands of men and women from across the United States began arriving in a remote part of south-central Washington state. They knew very little about why the U.S. government had hired them — only that it was an important project to support the war effort. It was a project that would change the world forever.

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The Jewish Frontier

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

The Jewish Frontier

Oregon's Jewish pioneers were among the region's first settlers. Arriving with the gold miners, they came for a better life away from persecution. In the process, they helped build the businesses and civic organizations that shaped the state.

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Courtesy of the The Wing Luke Museum. 1992.041.004.029

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Oregon’s Japanese Americans

The film explores the history of Oregon’s Japanese-Americans, from their early pioneer beginnings to their forced incarceration during World War II, and beyond.

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Tom McCall

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Tom McCall

Tom McCall, Oregon’s chief executive from 1967 to 1975, may go down in history as the state’s most productive governor. He was certainly the most interesting. Nearly forty years after he left office and thirty years after his death, Oregon Governor Tom McCall remains one of the state’s most renowned political figures. He envisioned a quality of environment and life unique to Oregon, and he worked relentlessly to protect those values.

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Cars and bathers on an Oregon beach.  Oregon State Archives

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

The Beach Bill

In 1967 Governor Tom McCall signed the Beach Bill with great fanfare — granting the public recreational access to Oregon’s beaches. But the bill almost died in committee. A behind the scenes look at the history, politics and people behind HB 1601.

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Woman assembling scope, ca 1950s  Courtesy vintageTEK.org

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

The Spirit of Tek

In 1946 the field of electronics was exploding. Radiomen Howard Vollum and Jack Murdock were home from the War and decided to start their own business. The company was Tektronix. The product? An indispensable piece of test equipment that engineers couldn’t work without. In The Spirit of Tek you’ll meet some of the people who built a unique company that changed the world.

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