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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.
Exclusive Media Preview TODAY at 2pm - Major World War II Exhibition Opens June 26 at Oregon Historical Society in Portland; Features Enigma Machine - 06/24/15
Media Preview Event

Media are invited to a private tour and preview of the exhibition on Wednesday, June 24 at 2pm at the Oregon Historical Society. Please contact Rachel Randles (rachel.randles@ohs.org) if you plan to attend or to set up an interview.

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On exhibit June 26 - December 7, 2015

Portland, OR - World War II, considered the most momentous event of the twentieth century, will be the focus of World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed, a major exhibition opening at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland 97205) on Friday, June 26, 2015. The exhibition will feature rare documents and artifacts from world and military leaders including Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and will also share stories of the impacts of the war on Oregonians.

"World War II forever changed history in Oregon and across the globe," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "It is a fitting subject for the largest exhibition and program series ever hosted at the Oregon Historical Society."

A special preview and opening will be held Thursday, June 25 for OHS members, where historian David Eisenhower, the grandson of the late Dwight D. Eisenhower, will join the official ribbon cutting of this 6,000 square foot exhibit. Following the reception, all are welcome to attend a lecture with Eisenhower at the First Congregational Church (1126 SW Park Ave., Portland 97205) at 7pm. Tickets are on sale for $20 ($10 for OHS members) and can be purchased online through BoxOfficeTickets.com or at the door the night of the lecture.

Throughout the run of the exhibit, OHS will be hosting programs and lectures focusing on World War II. A complete list of these programs is available at www.ohs.org.

EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

From North Africa, to Europe, to the Pacific: A World at War

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.

Oregon: A State Transformed

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.

An Unparalleled Interactive Experience

Digital and hands-on components within the exhibit provide visitors with unique interactive experiences. Touch screens will feature an original code breaking game inspired by the Enigma machine. To get into the mindset of America's best military leaders, visitors can plot the movement of troops on a "war table." Multi-media experiences include screenings of WWII newsreels and military field phones playing radio newscasts from the era. Plus, visitors can take a "selfie" with Winston Churchill's wax doppelganger, originally on display at Madame Tussaud's in London.

Propaganda Posters, Canteens & Captain America

The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I & II
Continuing in the museum's North Wing Gallery is a visually stunning exhibition of propaganda posters, which opened this past February. Also on loan from the Mark Family Collection, these posters provide a unique glimpse into an era before television and internet when artists and marketers were challenged to communicate to the general public in a way that would simply and enduringly convey important messages.

The Final Chapter: Peace and Reconciliation
The Oregon Historical Society is proud to also host a special display of Yosegaki Hinomaru flags. These World War II era Japanese national flags were customarily given to Japanese soldiers before they departed for battle and included signatures and words of encouragement from friends and family. These flags often became "treasures of war," and were taken as souvenirs back to the United States and other Allied nations. Pacific Northwest historian and author Rex Ziak and his wife Keiko Ziak have undertaken a project to reunite these flags with the families of the original owners. So far, the Ziaks have collected nearly 100 flags, of which 30 have been claimed by Japanese families. This special display at OHS will share the emotional story of this reunion effort.

Kilroy's Canteen
Named after the iconic WWII cartoon figure, Kilroy's pays tribute to USO clubs iconic of the era and features a variety of unique items ranging from a poker table used by Harry Truman during his presidency to a tribute to the 41st Infantry Division (also known as the "Sunset Division"). Composed of National Guard Units from Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho, the 41st Division battled Japanese forces in New Guinea and the Philippines from 1943-45, where they became known as the "Jungleers." The war's enduring presence in popular culture is also highlighted with the shields used by actor Chris Evans in the 2011 movie Captain America: The First Avenger.

The Oregon Historical Society is 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 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.
Mt. Emily on July 4, 2014
Mt. Emily on July 4, 2014
Travel Back in Time This Independence Day with a Ride on the Oregon Historical Society's Shay Locomotive (Photo) - 06/15/15
Portland, OR - ALL ABOARD for an old-fashioned, all American 4th of July in Prineville, Oregon! This Independence Day, the Oregon Historical Society and the City of Prineville (COP) will run the Mt. Emily Shay #1 on a series of excursion trips beginning at 9am, with runs occurring every hour on the hour through 3pm. The Mt. Emily is a Shay steam locomotive built in 1923 which was designed to haul logs to the mill. It is one of only a handful of operable Shay locomotives left in the world, and it was donated to the Oregon Historical Society collection in the 1950s and has been lovingly cared for by the COP.

Boarding will be at the COP Team Track located at 1521 NW Lamonta Road. These historic rides are FREE and open to the public and each run can accommodate 90-100 people. Following your train ride through Prineville, you and your family are welcome to join the 4th of July festivities taking place throughout town. Visit http://www.mountemilyshay.com to learn more about Mt. Emily and her history.

Directions to the COP Team Track: Enter Prineville from HWY 126 Eastbound, and then turn left at the first light onto Harwood Street. Go North from Harwood to Lamonta Road, then turn left and continue ?1/4 mile. The Team Track will be on your left.


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.
Attached Media Files: Mt. Emily on July 4, 2014
Major World War II Exhibition Opens June 26 at Oregon Historical Society in Portland; Features Enigma Machine - 06/09/15
On exhibit June 26 - December 7, 2015

Press Images: http://bit.ly/1cJk5EM
Please include credits listed in file name when used for publication.

Portland, OR - June 9, 2015 - World War II, considered the most momentous event of the twentieth century, will be the focus of World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed, a major exhibition opening at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland 97205) on Friday, June 26, 2015. The exhibition will feature rare documents and artifacts from world and military leaders including Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and will also share stories of the impacts of the war on Oregonians.

"World War II forever changed history in Oregon and across the globe," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "It is a fitting subject for the largest exhibition and program series ever hosted at the Oregon Historical Society."

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Media Preview Event
Media are invited to a private tour and preview of the exhibition on Wednesday, June 24 at 2pm at the Oregon Historical Society. Please contact Rachel Randles (rachel.randles@ohs.org) if you plan to attend or to set up an interview.

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A special preview and opening will be held Thursday, June 25 for OHS members, where historian David Eisenhower, the grandson of the late Dwight D. Eisenhower, will join the official ribbon cutting of this 6,000 square foot exhibit. Following the reception, all are welcome to attend a lecture with Eisenhower at the First Congregational Church (1126 SW Park Ave., Portland 97205) at 7pm. Tickets are on sale for $20 ($10 for OHS members) and can be purchased online through BoxOfficeTickets.com or at the door the night of the lecture.

Throughout the run of the exhibit, OHS will be hosting programs and lectures focusing on World War II. A complete list of these programs is available at www.ohs.org.

EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

From North Africa, to Europe, to the Pacific: A World at War

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 sunk 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.

Oregon: A State Transformed

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.

An Unparalleled Interactive Experience

Digital and hands-on components within the exhibit provide visitors with unique interactive experiences. Touch screens will feature an original code breaking game inspired by the Enigma machine. To get into the mindset of America's best military leaders, visitors can plot the movement of troops on a "war table." Multi-media experiences include screenings of WWII newsreels and military field phones playing radio newscasts from the era. Plus, visitors can take a "selfie" with Winston Churchill's wax doppelganger, originally on display at Madame Tussaud's in London.

Propaganda Posters, Canteens & Captain America

The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I & II
Continuing in the museum's North Wing Gallery is a visually stunning exhibition of propaganda posters, which opened this past February. Also on loan from the Mark Family Collection, these posters provide a unique glimpse into an era before television and internet when artists and marketers were challenged to communicate to the general public in a way that would simply and enduringly convey important messages.

The Final Chapter: Peace and Reconciliation
The Oregon Historical Society is proud to also host a special display of Yosegaki Hinomaru flags. These World War II era Japanese national flags were customarily given to Japanese soldiers before they departed for battle and included signatures and words of encouragement from friends and family. These flags often became "treasures of war," and were taken as souvenirs back to the United States and other Allied nations. Pacific Northwest historian and author Rex Ziak and his wife Keiko Ziak have undertaken a project to reunite these flags with the families of the original owners. So far, the Ziaks have collected nearly 100 flags, of which 30 have been claimed by Japanese families. This special display at OHS will share the emotional story of this reunion effort.

Kilroy's Canteen
Named after the iconic WWII cartoon figure, Kilroy's pays tribute to USO clubs iconic of the era and features a variety of unique items ranging from a poker table used by Harry Truman during his presidency to a tribute to the 41st Infantry Division (also known as the "Sunset Division"). Composed of National Guard Units from Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho, the 41st Division battled Japanese forces in New Guinea and the Philippines from 1943-45, where they became known as the "Jungleers." The war's enduring presence in popular culture is also highlighted with the shields used by actor Chris Evans in the 2011 movie Captain America: The First Avenger.

The Oregon Historical Society is 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 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.