Here are just a few of the incredible individuals featured in the exhibit whose work has shaped the history of Oregon.
Beatrice Morrow Cannady
An early-twentieth-century civil rights advocate and a founding member of the Portland NAACP, Cannady served as editor of the Advocate newspaper for over two decades.
A traditional artist, curandera (healer), activist, and teacher, Castellanoz settled in Nyssa, Oregon, with her parents in 1957. While raising nine children and laboring in sugar beet and onion fields, she visited Mexico and was inspired to create wax and paper coronas for celebrations. As a curanderismo, Castellanoz provides healing to middle-class Anglos and Latinos as well as migrant workers.
Esther Clayson Pohl Lovejoy
Lovejoy graduated from the University of Oregon medical school in 1894 and was a leader in the successful 1912 campaign for votes for women in Oregon. While serving as Portland’s public health officer from 1907 to 1909, she prevented an outbreak of the bubonic plague. From 1919 until 1967, when she died, Lovejoy directed the international organization, American Women’s Hospitals.
Heinmot Tooyalakekt (Thunder Rising to Loftier Mountain Heights), or Chief Joseph
Born in the Wallowa Valley of eastern Oregon, he led bands of Nimiipuu, or Nez Perce, who resisted attempts to be bound by an 1863 treaty with the U.S. government, which eventually resulted in the dramatic Nez Perce War of 1877. His people were exiled to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), and Joseph waged a successful campaign for them to be returned to the Pacific Northwest, where he died in 1904.
A lawyer who challenged Lt. Gen. John L. DeWitt’s military orders to imprison Japanese Americans during World War II, Yasui served time in solitary confinement as his case progressed toward the U.S. Supreme Court, and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his leadership in civil and human rights.
A Sneak Peek of Experience Oregon
While Experience Oregon is under construction, visitors are invited to test out some of the interactives that will be incorporated into the timeline that will weave through the exhibit. The content for these games comes from the Oregon Historical Society's Digital History Projects, comprehensive online resources that use expert scholarship and OHS's extensive collections to engage researchers, students, and curious individuals in learning about our state's past.
The featured interactive games are: