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Opal Whiteley

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Opal Whiteley

In 1920, Oregon’s Opal Whiteley was the center of international controversy. Her childhood diary was called a work of genius, until readers discovered hidden clues to a mystery that has not been solved to this day.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
On the Fourth of July, children rode through town on a violin-shaped float.

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Sagebrush Symphony

The Portland Youth Philharmonic is America's first youth orchestra. But the story of the PYP begins in Burns where a violinist named Mary Dodge shared her love of music with the local children. As their talent emerged, Dodge formed a children's orchestra called the Sagebrush Symphony that captivated audiences statewide.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Captain Jack

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

The Modoc War

The Modoc War of 1872 to 1873 was one of the costliest American Indian wars in U.S. history, considering the number of people involved. For nearly seven months, a handful of Modoc Indian warriors and their families held off hundreds of U.S. Army soldiers. The war is largely forgotten to most of the nation, but at the time of the conflict, the story made headlines from London to San Francisco. People were enthralled as one of the last real-life, Wild-West battles unfolded on the American frontier.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
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
Linus Pauling presenting at Portland City Club, 1962, OrHi81313

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Linus Pauling

Linus Pauling is considered one of the greatest chemists of the 20th century. A brilliant scientist and humanitarian he made revolutionary discoveries in chemistry, physics, molecular biology and medicine; then used his international fame and popularity to promote world peace.

Oregon at War

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Oregon at War

The Second World War brought major changes — economic, social and demographic — to the state of Oregon. The war years also left profound impressions on the individuals who lived through them, whether in military service or on the home front. “Oregon at War” is a one-hour special that explores both the big picture and the personal stories of Oregon and Oregonians during World War II.

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers
Fort Vancouver

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Fort Vancouver: A Historic Trade Post Of The Pacific Northwest

At one time, the largest landowner in North America was the Hudson's Bay Company, a vast British trading enterprise. In the early 1800s, Fort Vancouver served as the HBC headquarters in the Oregon Country employing hundreds of people from over 35 different ethnic groups. This unique, vibrant, multicultural community prevailed for more than 20 years. Fort Vancouver is the story of the people, the place and the changes that the Hudson's Bay Company brought to the Pacific Northwest.

Astoria

Type: Online Video     Series: Oregon Experience

Astoria

Founded in 1811 by wealthy fur baron John Jacob Astor, Astoria is the oldest United States settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. Learn more about the multifaceted history of this city and where those two centuries of activity have brought Astoria today.

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Type: Special Event     

Holiday Cheer


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • Free
Coquille, Ore. E.W. Rollins Collection, Acc 24549, Box 5.

Type: Special Event     

Santa Visits Santaland December 15


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • Free
  • Family-friendly