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William L. Finley seated in front of an umbrella taking notes on the 1905 Klamath expedition with several small birds perched around his legs. Oregon Historical Society Research Library, Org. Lot 369, Finley A1600
William L. Finley seated in front of an umbrella taking notes on the 1905 Klamath expedition with several small birds perched around his legs. Oregon Historical Society Research Library, Org. Lot 369, Finley A1600
Free Public Lecture in Portland June 7 Features Historic Conservation Photographers (Photo) - 06/05/17

Portland, OR -- Photos and manuscripts by noted conservationist William L. Finley, his wife Irene, and Herman T. Bohlman helped in establishing wildlife refuges in Oregon. Now those photographs, manuscripts, and other documents are becoming available online and will be shown at a lecture at the First Congregational Church (1126 SW Park Avenue, Portland) June 7 at 6:30pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

William L. Finley's interest in wildlife conservation began when he and his boyhood friend, Herman T. Bohlman, began photographing birds around Oregon at the turn of the twentieth century.

The Oregon Historical Society Research Library and Oregon State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives Research Center are collaborating to make more than 40 years of photographs, manuscripts, publications, correspondence, and other materials created by William Finley, Irene Finley, and Herman Bohlman available online. The project, "Reuniting Finley and Bohlman," is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

The project began in July 2016 and will be completed by June 30, 2017. This digitization effort allows the collection, which is physically divided between the Oregon Historical Society in Portland and Oregon State University in Corvallis, to be united in its entirety for researchers and conservationists to access in a single digital space. Many of the photographs and documents are already available on the Oregon Historical Society's newly launched Digital Collections website (http://digitalcollections.ohs.org) and on Oregon State University's digital collection website (http://oregondigital.org/sets/finley-bohlman).

The entire digital collection will include approximately 6,500 photographs and 8,600 pages of manuscript material. The photographs include Finley and Bohlman's trips to Malheur Lake, the Klamath Lakes, and Three Arch Rocks on the Oregon coast -- and, these photographs played a key role in President Theodore Roosevelt's decision to create wildlife refuges at those locations. A fourth wildlife refuge near Corvallis was named in honor of William Finley. More information about Finley can be found on The Oregon Encyclopedia.

Press images available online at http://bit.ly/2p8eMIG.

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About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.

Faux Lease for the White House, May 29, 1963, courtesy of the Mark Family Collection
Faux Lease for the White House, May 29, 1963, courtesy of the Mark Family Collection
Free Admission Monday, May 29, in Honor of JFK's 100th Birthday - Oregon Historical Society (Photo) - 05/29/17

Portland, OR -- Monday, May 29, 2017, would have marked President John F. Kennedy's 100th birthday. In honor of this milestone, and in celebration of the Oregon Historical Society's current exhibition High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy, OHS is offering free admission Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29.

"As we approach the centennial of John F. Kennedy's birth, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to open our doors for free this weekend in order to share Kennedy's compelling story with all Oregonians," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk.

One hundred years after his birth, John Fitzgerald Kennedy remains a subject of endless fascination for millions of Americans. During his 1,037 day presidency, Kennedy boasted an average approval rating of 70.1 percent, and his popularity has endured over the past half century, with public surveys revealing that Americans regard him as one of our country's greatest presidents.

This original exhibition explores Kennedy's early life, his road to the presidency, and the changes he effected during his time in office. With the high hopes of the country behind him, Kennedy made a commitment to changing the world for the better, and in his legacy he continues to live on.

This exhibition, the largest centennial exhibit outside of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, features more than 100 rare artifacts and manuscripts from the Mark Family Collection, the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the Oregon Historical Society collection.

One notable and poignant item is a framed faux-lease document for The White House, assuming his eventual re-election. Drafted by his father, this document was presented to the President on May 29, 1963, what would be his last birthday.

High Hopes is on view at the Oregon Historical Society now through November 12, 2017.
For additional press images and featured artifacts, view the exhibition press kit at http://bit.ly/2lLYBR7.


About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.

The Oregon Historical Society's museum (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) is open seven days a week, Monday -- Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. Admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents thanks to the renewal of the Oregon Historical Society levy.