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Okanogan author Christine Quintasket collecting huckleberries. OHS Research Library, bb014523

Type: Online Video, Lecture     Series: Experience Oregon

Foreigners in Native Homelands: Lewis and Clark and the Pioneers

Indigenous peoples have lived in the Columbia River Plateau region for thousands of years, negotiating and fostering relationships among themselves and with the ecosystems of their homelands. Beginning in the nineteenth century, they formed relationships with foreigners who arrived overland — first, the Lewis and Clark Expedition and, later, thousands of immigrants on the Oregon Trail. Scholars Bobbie Conner and Bill Lang will discuss with each other and with the audience the experience of newcomers entering and crossing those homelands, including how those events impacted life for Native people and how those foreigners’ experiences in the plateau contrasted with the goals they had set when leaving their homes.

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Type: Online Video, Lecture     Series: Experience Oregon

Women’s Resistance in Early Twentieth Century Oregon

From direct action to court action, women in Oregon used a variety of tactics to protest the state, and the status quo, in the early twentieth century. Women from diverse backgrounds protested as individuals and as members of political and labor organizations, seeking both personal freedom and justice for collective groups. They faced incarceration, harassment, and even physical violence as they worked to demand change. As historian Kimberly Jensen will demonstrate, their stories are important pieces of larger histories of citizenship, civil liberties, and dissent.

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600 Demonstrators march to protest bombing in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four black children. 09/23/1963, OHS Research Library, Oregon Journal Collection, CN 020486

Type: Online Video, Lecture     Series: Experience Oregon

Oregon’s Enigmatic Black History

Black and white Oregonians have sometimes been in conflict and, at other times, have cooperated as they threaded their way through the state’s history. Blacks in Oregon sometimes pioneered laws and societal practices that reflected national events. Although minuscule in numbers, blacks, along with white allies, led the way in enacting racial justice legislation during the mid-twentieth century. Oregon’s Constitution, however, banned both slavery and free blacks — while the state’s political leadership supported the Union during the Civil War, which led to the end of slavery. Join us for an evening exploring Oregon’s enigmatic history in relation to blacks.

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John Gast, American Progress, 1872. Chromolithograph published by George A, Crofutt. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. digital ID ppmsca.09855

Type: Lecture, Online Video     Series: Experience Oregon

Oregon, Indigenous Nations, Manifest Destiny, and the Doctrine of Discovery

The “Doctrine of Discovery” is the international law principle that European nations used to claim most of the non-European world. This talk will explain the elements that make up this law and argue that the Doctrine of Discovery morphed into “American Manifest Destiny” and was used, and is still being used today, to justify the acquisition of lands and assets of Indian Nations and peoples.

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
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Three Rangers Foundation

Type: Lecture     Series: History Pub

Whiskey and Warriors: Bonds of Brotherhood Forged at Black Hawk Down


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

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
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“The Beaverton Outlaws” In the 1930s, a group of air-minded Oregonians started one of the first homebuilding clubs. Here, the pilots and builders banded together against a new threat: federal regulation. Courtesy Oregon Aviation Historical Society

Type: Lecture, Partner Event     Series: History Pub

The Beaverton Outlaws


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

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
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Ship being launched, Oregon Shipbuilding Company. OHS Research Library, OrHi 68566, bb016828

Type: Lecture     Series: Second Sunday

Liberty Ships and Jim Crow Shipyards: Racial Discrimination in Kaiser’s Portland Shipyards, 1940 – 1945


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
Madeleine Albright

Type: Lecture, Special Event     

An Evening with Madeleine Albright


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1037 SW Broadway
Portland, Oregon 97205

Robert Sawyer, 1959. OHS Research Library, bb003530

Type: Lecture, Partner Event     Series: History Pub

Robert Sawyer, Conservation, and the Making of Central Oregon


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

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Image courtesy of Chelsea Rose, SOULA

Type: Lecture     Series: Experience Oregon

Beyond Chinatown: Uncovering Oregon’s Rural Chinese History


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

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
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