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Free Admission to the Oregon Historical Society on MLK Day; Final Day of A Place for All People Exhibit - 01/15/17

**Free admission January 16 from 12pm - 5pm**

Portland, OR -- The Oregon Historical Society museum will be offering free admission on Monday, January 16, 2017 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Monday is also the closing day of A Place for All People, an exhibit of posters showcasing the collections from the Smithsonian Institution's newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, A Place for All People highlights key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. From the child-size shackles of a slave and the clothing worn by Carolotta Walls on her first day at Little Rock Central High School to Chuck Berry's Gibson guitar, "Maybellene," and the track shoes worn by Olympian Carl Lewis, the exhibition presents a living history that reflects challenge, triumph, faith, and hope. The poster exhibition will share many stories of African American and African diaspora people and their contributions to the local community and the American story. The exhibit is hosted at the Oregon Historical Society in collaboration with the Oregon Black Pioneers.

Also on display is the museum's newest exhibition The Columbia River: From Source to Sea, a stunning showcase of photography by Hood River resident Peter Marbach that shares his decade-long odyssey to document the sacred landscapes and the people of the entire river. Visitors can also experience Comic City, USA and Democracy's Blueprints, closing January 31 and February 1 respectively.

The Oregon Historical Society's museum (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) is open on Monday from 12pm -- 5pm.

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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.

OPENING DELAYED: The Columbia River: From Source to Sea, an exhibition by photographer Peter Marbach, opens January 18 at the Oregon Historical Society - 01/12/17

**Due to the snow and ice in Portland, the opening of this exhibit has been delayed to Wednesday, January 18.**

Images for press can be downloaded via http://bit.ly/fromsourcetosea

Portland, OR -- The Columbia River flows for over 1200 miles, born free in the cradle of the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia. From its humble beginnings from a tiny spring you can straddle, to a two mile wide confluence with the Pacific Ocean, the river flowed for thousands of years in a natural state of astounding beauty. It was also the place of a miraculous ancient migration of Pacific salmon that came all the way home to the headwaters in Canada.

In this new original exhibition, The Columbia River: From Source to Sea, Oregon photographer Peter Marbach shares his decade-long odyssey to document the sacred landscapes and the people of the entire river. The exhibition opens on Friday, January 18 at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) and is on view through April 1.

When asked about the process of creating this exhibit, artist Peter Marbach shared, "It was a challenge to sort through all the work I have created for this exhibit. It is a vast, diverse river with so many distinct features and people who have inspired me with their stories. Ultimately, it came down to which images best represented the essence of the project and help illuminate the larger story of preserving this great river and taking steps toward restoring ancient salmons runs."

One striking image featured in the show is a self-portrait of the artist. "In December 2015, I drove the 15 hours to the headwaters region in search of the true source of the river," said Marbach. "It was bitter cold but I was determined to stay until finding it. I trudged through a mile of frozen marsh following a creek that was continually narrowing until I found the spot where the water bubbles up from an underground spring. I was overjoyed to stand there and straddle the headwaters! But it took two hours to create a self- portrait, waiting for a brief moment of sunlight to illuminate the moment of discovery.

The exhibit will include a blend of riverscapes, wildlife, and portraits of people who live along the Columbia, showcasing the beauty, culture, and geographic diversity of Nch I Wana -- The Big River.

"Having lived along the Columbia for more than twenty years, I have a deep respect and connection to this sacred river," said Marbach. "This project only enhanced that connection, especially getting to know the wild and free section of the Columbia in British Columbia. Cradled between the Rocky Mountains and the Purcell Range, the unspeakable beauty fired my imagination to wonder what it must have been like before the era of dams when fish used to migrate all the way, some 1200 miles from the Pacific to the headwaters."

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.

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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.

Local Attractions Offer Reciprocal Admission to Members in 2017 - 12/22/16

Portland, OR -- Back by popular demand, museums and attractions in the Portland metro area and beyond have teamed up to offer a reciprocal membership program in 2017. Created by members of the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance (PAMA) in 2015, this special promotion was initiated as a way to show appreciation for each attraction's loyal members, as well as to highlight the important role that cultural attractions play in the community.

In 2017, members of the Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center, Oregon Historical Society, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Washington County Museum, & Deepwood Museum & Gardens will have access to free admission for up to four people during the months listed below:

January: Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
oregonzoo.org

February: Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
ohs.org

March: Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 NW Everett Street
Portland, OR 97209
lansugarden.org

April: Deepwood Museum & Gardens
1116 Mission Street SE
Salem, OR 97302
deepwoodmuseum.org
* Deepwood Museum & Gardens will also honor PAMA members for the reciprocal membership program in the month of December.

May: World Forestry Center Discovery Museum
4033 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
worldforestry.org

June: Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals
26385 NW Groveland Drive
Hillsboro, OR 97124
ricenorthwestmuseum.org

October: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way
McMinnville, OR 97128
evergreenmuseum.org

November: Washington County Museum
120 E Main Street
Hillsboro, OR 97124
washingtoncountymuseum.org

Members must present a valid membership card from one of the participating organizations to receive free admission. Free admission is valid for up to four individuals, regardless of membership level.



About the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance

The Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance (PAMA) is a professional organization consisting of marketing representatives from major attractions in Portland and beyond the metro area. The group meets on a quarterly basis, and explores partnership opportunities, ideas for cross-promotion, and collaboration with Travel Portland.