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Sample of book for sale
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Surplus Sale of Vintage Books & Photographs next Saturday, May 7 at the Oregon Historical Society (Photo) - 04/28/16
Portland, OR -- It's spring cleaning in the Oregon Historical Society Research Library! Next Saturday, May 7, from 10am to 4pm, all are welcome to this epic biannual shopping experience in the OHS Pavilion (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). Admission to the sale and to the museum is free all day.

The books for sale will include thousands of titles, many relating to Oregon and the American West, most priced between $1 and $5! There will also be some rare and hard to find editions available for higher prices, some dating back to the early nineteenth century!

The sale will also include duplicate photographic prints copied from the Society's vast holdings, including images of Portland and other locales in the Pacific Northwest. The OHS Museum Store will also be selling a wide selection of surplus books!

Plus, Oregon Historical Society members get special early access to the sale from 9am -- 10am. Want early access to the sale of the season? Join the Oregon Historical Society today -- special discounts are available for teachers, students, seniors, and Multnomah County residents! Details can be found online at www.ohs.org/join.

For questions about the sale, please leave a voicemail for the Research Library staff at 503.306.5240, or email libreference@OHS.org.

Please note: All of the books for sale from the OHS Research Library duplicate existing OHS holdings or are outside the OHS collecting scope. Nothing from the Society's permanent collections is being sold. For more information on the OHS Library collection, visit http://ohs.org/research-and-library/our-collections.

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.
Pumpkin Fields Near Grants Pass - Credit Oregon Historical Society Research Library, Portland Public School Slide Collection
Pumpkin Fields Near Grants Pass - Credit Oregon Historical Society Research Library, Portland Public School Slide Collection
Portland State University to Host Oregon Historical Society Glass Lantern Slide Show May 5 (Photo) - 04/25/16
Portland, OR -- The Oregon Historical Society and Portland State University invite you to a pictorial history of Oregon's bounty. Featuring hand colored glass lantern slides from 1850 to 1940s, this original slide show titled "The Land of Milk and Honey" will showcase many aspects of the state's agricultural industries that make Oregon one of the best places to eat in the world!

The event begins at 6pm in Portland State's Lincoln Performance Hall. Tickets are $20 and $10 for PSU students; purchase tickets in advance through the Portland State Box Office at pdx.edu/boxoffice or by calling 503.725.3307.

Culinary historian Heather Arndt Anderson (Portland: A Food Biography) will share stories of Oregon's cornucopia, while Oregon Historical Society archivist Matthew Cowan operates an original 1930s projector. Once projected, it is hard to comprehend how these vibrant depictions of Oregon were each hand painted, sometimes using only a single brush bristle.

A proto-cinematic device, lantern slide projectors--like their "magic" predecessors from the 1850s--were an early mode of audio visual performance before the advent of motion picture film. From Portland classrooms to Carnegie Hall, these slide shows were often the sole means for the general public to visit distant lands and mountain peaks and were often noted for their vivid colors. Soon though, with the advent of 16mm to the home market in the 1920s and followed by the introduction of Kodachrome in 1935, these glass slides were soon replaced with more stable and affordable media.

The presentation will be followed by a reception in Lincoln Hall. Ticket sales support the Portland State University Film Program, which emphasizes how historical research animates the past through the study of the origins of early cinema, film archiving, and the studio system.

To discover more of the Oregon Historical Society's glass lantern slide collection, visit the OHS Research Library Tumblr at http://ohsresearchlibrary.tumblr.com/.



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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122 Oregon Students to Compete Saturday, April 23 in State National History Day(R) Competition (Photo) - 04/20/16
Portland, OR -- After months of intensive research, students from schools throughout Oregon will present their projects at the annual Oregon History Day competition on Saturday, April 23 at Concordia University (2811 NE Holman St, Portland). Judging will take place between 9am and 1pm, with a formal awards ceremony at 3pm. The event is open to media; please contact Rachel Randles (rachel.randles@ohs.org, 503.306.5221) if you are planning to attend.

122 students statewide from Medford to Helix to Portland will compete in Oregon History Day in order to qualify for the national competition. Thirty-three volunteer judges have signed up to evaluate the students' entries.

Thanks to generous grant funding from the Joseph E. Weston Foundation, Marie Lamfrom Charitable Trust, the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, and the H.W. and D.C.H. Irwin Foundation, the student(s) with the best entry at Oregon History Day will receive free roundtrip airfare to the National History Day(R) competition, which takes place June 12-16 at the University of Maryland College Park campus near Washington, D.C.

Five years ago, the Oregon Historical Society reintroduced the National History Day(R) program to Oregon. In 2015, twenty-four Oregon students qualified to compete at the national level, presenting projects on topics ranging from Walter W. Waters and the Bonus Army to Marian Anderson's Lincoln Memorial Concert of 1939!

Each fall, OHS kicks off the Oregon History Day program alongside over half a million students across the country. OHS Curator of Education Kristen Pilgrim works closely with educators throughout the state, and students use the OHS Research Library and digital assets like the Oregon History Project and Oregon Encyclopedia to conduct research on the annual theme. The 2016 National History Day(R) theme is "Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in History," and students can present their final project in the form of a paper, website, exhibit, performance, or documentary. At the national competition, scholarships will be awarded to select students, and approximately 100 students will take home cash prizes between $250 and $5,000 for superior work in a particular category of judging. For more information on National History Day(R), visit www.nhd.org.



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.