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Oregon Historical Society and University of Oregon Team Up to Display Heisman Trophy - 05/21/15
Portland, OR - May 21, 2015 - The 2014 Heisman Trophy, presented to the University of Oregon in recognition of the accomplishments of quarterback Marcus Mariota, will be on display at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) from Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7. Through a sponsorship donation from Nike, admission to the Oregon Historical Society will be free for the entire weekend.

First awarded in 1935 by the Downtown Athletic Club of New York City, the Heisman is presented annually to the NCAA football player whose performance exemplifies the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The practice of awarding two trophies each year began in 1968, with one trophy going to the chosen player and another to the school represented by the winner.

"We are delighted that the University of Oregon asked the Oregon Historical Society to be the venue to display the Heisman Trophy in Portland," said Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society. "Thanks to the support of Nike, countless football fans can view the trophy and celebrate this exciting moment in Oregon sports history."

The Heisman is named for John Heisman, who served as a college football coach for over three decades in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries, and who served as the first athletic director of the Downtown Athletic Club and the founder of the National Football Coaches Association. The iconic re-creation of a football player sidestepping and straight-arming his way to a touchdown was the creation of twentieth-century sculptor Frank Eliscu.

Following the exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society, the Heisman Trophy will return to Eugene, where it will eventually be put on permanent display at the University of Oregon Hatfield-Dowlin Complex.

Hours of the Heisman Trophy exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society are as follows:

Friday, June 5, 2015: 10am - 8pm
Saturday, June 6, 2015: 10am - 5pm
Sunday, June 7, 2015: 12pm - 3pm



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.
Exhibition Logo for World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed
Exhibition Logo for World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed
Friday, May 8 marks 70th anniversary of V-E Day; Oregon Historical Society to display WWII history in upcoming exhibition (Photo) - 05/08/15
Portland, OR - 2015 marks 70 years since many defining events of World War II. On this day (May 8) in 1945, Great Britain and the United States celebrated the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. Now a public holiday, Victory in Europe Day, or V-E Day, allows veterans and families the opportunity to reflect on the impact WWII has had on our world.

On June 26, 2015, the Oregon Historical Society will open an original exhibition honoring the Greatest Generation called World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed. On display in this 6,000 square foot exhibition will be artifacts and manuscripts from the premier Mark Family Collection which illustrate this massive worldwide conflict, from the battlefields in North Africa to the home fronts in America. Letters, historic documents, and military uniforms provide a sense of place and give visitors a lens into the many events of World War II, including prominent battles and critical political decisions.

The exhibit will also focus on Oregon, a state transformed during the mid-twentieth century. Items drawn from the Oregon Historical Society's archives will tell the stories that dramatically changed Oregon, including the operation of the Kaiser shipyards, the internment of Japanese Americans, and the fact that the only World War II combat casualties to occur in the continental U.S. were in Oregon as a result of the balloon bomb, which occurred 70 years ago this past Wednesday, May 6. ¬¬¬Much of this history is detailed on the Oregon Historical Society's website through the Oregon Encyclopedia at www.oregonencyclopedia.org.

The Oregon Historical Society has invited renowned historian and the grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, David Eisenhower, to open the exhibition and present a public lecture on Thursday, June 25 at 7 pm at the First Congregational Church (1126 SW Park Avenue, Portland). General admission tickets are on sale now for $20 and can be purchased through BoxOfficeTickets.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.
Credit Mark Glenn
Credit Mark Glenn
Teddy Roosevelt Recreator to Visit Schools & Museums across Oregon April 27 - May 1; Includes Public Presentation in Portland (Photo) - 04/23/15
Portland, OR - "Teddy Roosevelt's Oregon Roadshow," a live performance by historical recreator Joe Wiegand, will return to Oregon on Monday, April 27, for a week-long tour of schools, museums, and Wells Fargo bank branches across the state. This unique educational opportunity is offered to host institutions at no cost thanks to the support of Wells Fargo and the Oregon Historical Society.

For the past three years, Wiegand has entertained and educated people of all ages as he traversed more than 3,500 miles across Oregon. This year, in his fourth annual visit to Oregon, he will travel from Portland to Prineville, with stops in Jefferson, Bend, Hood River, and more. Many of the events will be open to the public; visit ohs.org to view the complete schedule.

"OHS is thrilled to again partner with Wells Fargo to bring this educational experience to schools and historical organizations throughout the region," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk.

On Tuesday, April 28, Teddy will make a stop in Portland for a public performance hosted by the Oregon Historical Society as part of its 2015 Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians Forum. The event at the First Congregational Church (1126 SW Park Avenue) will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $22.50 and can be purchased online through BoxOfficeTickets.com or at the door.

"Wells Fargo is celebrating its 163rd anniversary this year. We've never lost sight of our history and the role Wells Fargo played in our country's development of the West," said Tracy Curtis, Wells Fargo's Oregon regional president. "We're grateful to the Oregon Historical Society for organizing this unique educational experience. Children and adults alike will delight in seeing our former president come to life."

Wiegand has been bringing T.R. to life for years with his unparalleled grasp of history and uncanny resemblance to the 26th president. His depth of knowledge about the personal anecdotes in Roosevelt's life make his audiences feel they are truly in the presence of the former U.S. president and adventurer.

"So many of T.R.'s contemporaries testify to the way he entertained audiences with inspirational and humorous stories from his youth, his ranching days, Cuba, and the presidency," Wiegand said. "I really enjoy sharing T.R.'s funny stories of life in the White House with six kids and telling anecdotes from his many adventures, from bear hunts to the Panama Canal, from Africa to the Amazon."


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.

About Wells Fargo
Founded in 1852 by Henry Wells and William Fargo, Wells Fargo operates 11 free history museums around the nation, including Portland. The museums provide free tours and programs. For more information about the Portland museum or to schedule a group tour there, call Steve Greenwood at (503) 886-1102. More information about Wells Fargo's history is also posted on wellsfargohistory.com.
Attached Media Files: Credit Mark Glenn