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Rare Signed Copy of FDR's Inaugural Address Now on Display at the Oregon Historical Society (Photo) - 07/23/15
Portland, OR - July 23, 2015 - One of the most iconic speeches ever given by a United States President is the first inaugural address of Franklin D. Roosevelt, delivered on March 4, 1933. Hoping to rally a nation suffering through the Great Depression and 25% unemployment, Roosevelt proclaimed, "Let me assert my belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

Part of the Portland-based Mark Family Collection, this rare copy, personally signed by Franklin Roosevelt, has been added to the Society's current exhibition World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed, on display at the museum now through December 7, 2015.

"We are delighted that the Mark family has added this priceless document to their collection, and are sharing it with the public through our newest exhibition," said Oregon Historical Society Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "FDR's eloquence inspired countless Americans to persevere through tough times, and it would later inspire our country, with its allies, to victory over the Axis powers."

Also recently acquired by the Mark Family Collection is a telex message written on May 7, 1945 from Dwight Eisenhower to the troops announcing the end of the war in Europe, and the cease fire order from Ronald Frederick King Belchem sent to the 21st army after the surrender of German forces in Northwest Germany, Holland, and Denmark. Both items will be added to the World War II exhibition this weekend.

The Oregon Historical Society's museum 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. OHS members and Multnomah County residents receive free admission every day. Thanks to a generous donation from Columbia Sportswear, all United States military veterans and active duty military will receive free admission throughout the run of the exhibit.



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.
Written by Harry Johnson
Written by Harry Johnson
"Letters at Lunchtime" Features Readings of Rare WWII Correspondence from Oregon Historical Society Collection (Photo) - 07/08/15
Every Wednesday in July!

Portland, OR - July 8, 2015 - The Oregon Historical Society holds hundreds of letters written by servicemen and their families and friends during WWII, documenting many of the infinite experiences of that watershed event. In honor of the opening of the Society's newest exhibit World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed, the OHS Research Library staff has selected a sampling of those letters to share in a special weekly program called "Letters at Lunchtime."

Each Wednesday from July 8 - 29, folks are invited to bring their lunch to the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland 97205) and listen as OHS staff and volunteers read from these letters. The programs will be multi-media experiences, with high-quality copies of letters available, allowing visitors to get even closer to these remarkable experiences, and images of WWII from the Society's collections on display during the readings.

For those with a bit more time during their lunch hour, the museum is open to visit the World War II exhibit (open seven days a week, Mondays - Saturdays from 10am - 5pm and Sundays from 12pm - 5pm). Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. OHS members and Multnomah County residents receive free admission every day. Thanks to a generous donation from Columbia Sportswear, all United States military veterans will receive free admission throughout the run of the exhibit.



About World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed

This original Oregon Historical Society exhibition presents the worldwide conflict through artifacts and manuscripts on loan from the Portland-based Mark Family Collection, including a very rare Nazi Enigma machine, the military uniforms of Gen. George Patton and Dwight D. Eisenhower, the only copy of the Atlantic Charter personally signed by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, and a life preserver from the U.S.S. West Virginia, which was damaged at Pearl Harbor.

Letters and manuscripts provide a lens onto the many events of World War II, from prominent battles to critical political decisions. Notable documents include handwritten letters from General Eisenhower to his wife Mamie and letters from Senator Mark Hatfield, a Naval Lieutenant during the war, to his parents.

The exhibit also focuses on Oregon, a state transformed during the mid twentieth century. Items drawn from the Oregon Historical Society's archives and from collections across the state tell of events that dramatically changed Oregon, including the social impact of the Kaiser shipyards, the internment of Japanese Americans, and the only World War II casualties to occur in the continental U.S.--the result of a Japanese balloon bomb.



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.
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Party like it's 1945... and '75... and '95 at Oregon Historical Society's Oregon through the Decades event (Photo) - 07/02/15
Portland, OR - You're invited to drink, dance, and party like it's 1945... and 1975... and 1995... and 2015! Head back in time with the Oregon Historical Society at "Oregon through the Decades," the first event hosted by the Society's new junior board, The Cabinet.

The festivities kick off at 7:30pm on Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). Bust a move to the greatest hits from the past 70 years, and enjoy libations on the Society's outdoor plaza overlooking the South Park Blocks. Plus, be one of the first to visit the Oregon Historical Society's newest and largest exhibit ever, World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed, featuring rare artifacts including an authentic Nazi enigma machine (just like in The Imitation Game)!

Tickets are only $30, and include two drink vouchers, light appetizers, live music, dancing, and after-hours access to three floors of museum exhibits. Turn your event ticket into an OHS membership for only $50 (regular membership cost is $60 - save $10 on a full year of history), with benefits including unlimited free admission to the OHS museum and research library, special event invitations and exhibition previews, and a subscription to the Oregon Historical Quarterly.

A limited number of raffle tickets are also available; each ticket is $10 and enters you into a drawing for one of two "Portland Experience" baskets featuring Trail Blazers tickets, overnight stays in downtown Portland, local restaurant certificates, Oregon wine, and more! Out of town but don't want to miss out on the fun? Purchase your raffle ticket online for your chance to win!

Tickets are on sale now (https://orhs.ejoinme.org/?tabid=686616) and can also be purchased at the door. This event is sponsored by Boly:Welch, The Dress-Neitling Family (in honor of Ted William Dress), The Furr Family, KeyBank, the Portland Trail Blazers, and Stoel Rives LLP, and all proceeds support the Oregon Historical Society's programs and exhibitions.



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.