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Historical Society Celebrates 100 Years of Women in the Oregon Legislature (Photo) - 10/15/14
Portland, OR - October 15, 2014 - This November marks the 100th anniversary of the election of State Representative Marian Towne, the first woman to serve in the Oregon State Legislature. She would be joined in the 1915 legislative session by Kathryn Clarke, who was elected in a special election in January 1915.

To celebrate this centennial, the Oregon Historical Society will host a panel of former and current women state legislators, who will share stories of their challenges, experiences, and accomplishments. The event is on Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue) and is free and open to the public. Space is limited; please RSVP to events@ohs.org if you plan to attend.

"With an election around the corner, it is a perfect time to take a look at Oregon's unique political history," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "Fittingly, this historic discussion will take place on the 180th anniversary of the birth of one of Oregon's most historic political leaders, suffragist Abigail Scott Duniway!"

Panelists Include:

Vicki Berger
Oregon State Representative 2003-present

Margaret Carter
Oregon State Representative 1985-1999
Oregon State Senator 2001-2009
First African-American woman to serve in the Oregon State Legislature

Bev Clarno
Oregon State Representative 1989-1997
Oregon State Senator 2001-2004
2nd woman to serve as Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives


Darlene Hooley
Oregon State Representative 1981-1987
Clackamas County Commissioner 1987-1996
Member, United States House of Representatives 1997-2009

Deborah Kafoury
Oregon State Representative 1999-2004
Multnomah County Commissioner 2009-2013
Chair, Multnomah County Commission 2014-present

Betsy Johnson
Oregon State Representative 2001-2007
Oregon State Senator, 2007-present

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About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content.
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Meet the 2014 National SCRABBLE Champion - an Oregonian! (Photo) - 10/13/14
Portland, OR - Oregon once again became home to SCRABBLE royalty on August 12 when 24-year-old Portlander Conrad Bassett-Bouchard rose to the top of a field of over 500 other players from eleven countries to win the 25th annual National Scrabble Championship. Conrad, who was second-seeded in the tournament, beat 29-year-old Jason Li of Montreal, with a score of 477-350. After five-days of grueling competition, Bassett-Bouchard returned home with $10,000 in prize winnings.

Join OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk at the Oregon Historical Society's next "History in the Making" event, featuring an exclusive Q&A with Conrad, where he will discuss the path that led him to become the national champion of one of America's favorite board games. The event begins tomorrow night, October 14, at 7 PM at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue) and is free and open to the public.

Created in 1948 by an out-of-work architect, SCRABBLE (C) has become one of the most iconic board games in history. According to the National SCRABBLE(C) Association, over 100 million SCRABBLE (C) games have been sold, and the game can be found in one of every three American homes. The game continues to evolve, and this year's tournament featured many young players like Conrad, whose love for the game has grown through playing online.

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About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content.
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Who Should Represent Oregon In National Statuary Hall? (Photo) - 10/13/14
Oregonians are invited to cast their vote!

Portland, OR - Beginning Monday, October 13, Oregonians will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on whether statues of Dr. John McLoughlin and Jason Lee should continue to represent Oregon in National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol Building, or whether those statues should be returned to Oregon, and replaced by statues of other historic Oregonians.

In 1864, the United States Congress passed legislation converting the former House of Representatives Chamber into a venue for displaying statues of citizens from each state "illustrious for their historic renown or for distinguished civic or military services." The National Statuary Hall collection now includes 100 statues contributed by the fifty states. Legislation enacted by Congress in 2000 provided procedures for states to reclaim a statue in the collection and replace it with a new statue. Seven states have since replaced statues.

Oregon pioneers McLoughlin and Lee were selected by the 1921 Oregon State Legislature to represent Oregon in the collection. On August 20, 2014, Governor John Kitzhaber issued an Executive Order establishing a nine-member Statuary Hall Study Commission, and assigned them the task of reporting to the upcoming Oregon Legislative Assembly whether the statues of McLoughlin or Lee should be returned home, and, if so, who should be sent as a replacement statue.

The Commission, chaired by former Willamette University President Dr. Jerry Hudson, has held two public meetings, and, as required by the Executive Order, is encouraging input from a wide range of Oregonians, including school children throughout Oregon.

At the request of the Commission, the Oregon Historical Society has added a special section to its website (http://ohs.org/get-involved/statuary-hall.cfm) which will allow Oregonians to access biographies of McLoughlin and Lee, as well as biographies of historic Oregonians who historians and various historic organizations have recommended as worthy of consideration as possible replacements. Those accessing the website will also be able to express their opinion on the question of the retention or replacement of the current statues, and the question of possible replacements.

"I invite all Oregonians to join in this fascinating conversation on our state's history, heritage, and shared values," said Dr. Hudson. "I especially encourage school teachers across Oregon to ensure that Oregon's future--our youth--become involved in this conversation."

Oregonians can also share their opinions by snail mail, by writing to the "Statuary Hall Study Commission; c/o Oregon Historical Society; 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205.

NOTE: Photo credit Architect of the Capitol - additional images available on their website at http://www.aoc.gov/

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About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content.
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Oregon Historical Society & Northwest Film Center to present Portland Home Movie Day on October 18 (Photo) - 10/09/14
"There's no such thing as a bad home movie. These mini-underground opuses are revealing, scary, joyous, always flawed, filled with accidental art and shout out from attics and closets all over the world to be seen again. Home Movie Day is an orgy of self-discovery, a chance for family memories to suddenly become show business. If you've got one, whip it out and show it now."
-- John Waters

Portland, OR - The Oregon Historical Society and the Northwest Film Center are excited to host Portland Home Movie Day 2014 on Saturday, October 18 from 1 - 5 PM. The event, which will take place at the Northwest Film Center School of Film (934 SW Salmon St., Portland), is free and open to the public.

Home Movie Day is an international celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually at venues worldwide. Home Movie Day is a BYOF open screening, in which participants can bring in one or more reels of film from their home collections. All films will be inspected and (if they are in good condition) will be projected on screen. The event is meant to provide individuals and families the opportunity to see and share their home movies with their community as the audience, and to see their neighbors' home movies in turn.

Opening the event and scattered throughout the afternoon will be films from the Oregon Historical Society's archives. In addition to the fun of seeing participants' home movies, there will be snacks, a few rousing games of Home Movie Bingo (with prizes!), educational resources on best practices for storing and caring for film, and additional information on transfer services in the Pacific Northwest.

Portland Home Movie Day 2014 will be restricted to small-gauge motion picture film; that is Super 8, Regular 8, and 16mm film formats. No video tape will be screened. Everyone is encouraged to bring home movies, though it is not required to participate in the day's activities. To submit films prior to the day of the event for early inspection, please contact Portland Home Movie Day Coordinator Matthew Cowan at matthew.cowan@ohs.org

For more information and FAQs, visit the Portland Home Movie Day Tumblr: http://homemoviedaypdx.tumblr.com/

For more general information about Home Movie Day, visit: http://www.homemovieday.com/

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About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content.

About the Northwest Film Center
Established in 1971, the Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation, and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which they may flourish. The Center provides a variety of film and video exhibition, education, and information programs primarily directed to the residents of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.
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Oregon Archives Crawl Returns Saturday, October 18 (Photo) - 10/08/14
Portland, OR - Over 30 archives and heritage organizations will be flashing their goods to Portlanders for the 4th annual Oregon Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 18 from 10 AM to 3 PM. These organizations will be located in three downtown venues--Multnomah County Central Library (801 SW 10th Avenue), Portland Archives and Records Center (1800 SW 6th Avenue Suite 550), and the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue)--and will feature items from their collections, information about archives and research, and plenty of interaction with the archivists themselves. The event is free and open to the public.

The Oregon Archives Crawl was created in 2010 to highlight Oregon Archives Month. The annual October celebration highlights the valuable contribution archives and archivists make to the understanding of our common and individual histories. The Crawl is also an unique opportunity to go behind the scenes with these organizations, and see materials that are often not on public view.

"Crawlers" can start at any of the three locations, each hosting different archives and activities. Passports will be available with information on all of the participating organizations, and crawlers can "stamp" their passport as they visit each location.

The Central Library location will open the John Wilson Special Collections room for tours from 10 AM to 3 PM. These tours, led by librarian Jim Carmin, are a treat not to be missed. If you have ever wanted to ask a question about archives, you won't want to miss the Ask an Archivist table. Whether it's a broad question about why archives matter or a practical question about preserving grandma's photographs, drop by to receive some expert knowledge.

Visitors to the Oregon Historical Society will also be able to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Research Library and collect postcards showcasing historic views of places that can be seen on the walk between Crawl locations. With their postcards in hand, visitors are invited to visit those downtown Portland locations, take modern day photographs, and upload them to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #ArchivesCrawl.

Portland Archives and Records Center will highlight collections covering aspects of the diverse communities within Oregon. In addition to table top exhibits, activities will include facility tours and talks focused on projects, research, activities, and collections. Door prize drawings will be held throughout the day, and crawlers can refuel with refreshments and cookies.
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About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content.
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Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine exhibit to travel across state (Photo) - 10/07/14
Portland, OR - Due to the overwhelming response to Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine, the Oregon Historical Society has developed a traveling version of the exhibition to debut November 1, 2014 at the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg. Adapted from the Portland-based museum exhibition, which was on display from June 6-September 20, the traveling version includes 12 colorful banners with photographs and text illustrating the history of the flourishing Oregon wine industry.

Two iPads with stands provide digital interactive experiences to complement the graphics. Visitors may scroll through and view wine-related objects dating back to the 19th century through a digitized artifact catalog. A virtual AVA map with touch screen capability gives wine enthusiasts the chance to explore the major winegrowing areas of Oregon and learn about typical wine varietals grown in each part of the state.

The exhibition will be available for rental in 2015 and is booking quickly. Please contact Lori Erickson, OHS Curator, at 503-306-5233 for rental inquiries, or visit http://ohs.org/exhibits/traveling-exhibits/clink/.


About Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine

Celebrate the wonders of Oregon wine and the people who make it possible in Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine, a traveling exhibition curated by the Oregon Historical Society in collaboration with local history organizations and industry leaders. This unique, engaging exhibition tells the stories of some of the individuals and institutions that propelled Oregon wine onto the national and international stage.

Clink! traces the history of Oregon wines from the earliest vineyards to legislative efforts to control alcohol during Prohibition to the resurgence of the wine industry in the 1960s and finally to what the future may bring for these thriving Oregon businesses.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Oregon Historical Society to honor 2014 History Makers at gala on Sunday, October 5 at Montgomery Park - 10/03/14
Portland, OR - The Oregon Historical Society will honor the 2014 recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal at a gala celebration on Sunday, October 5 at Montgomery Park. First awarded in 2009, the History Makers Medal is presented annually by the Society to individuals and organizations that are positively influencing the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon. The 2014 recipients are Thomas Lauderdale, Governor Barbara Roberts, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, and Walter J. Urba, M.D., Ph.D.

"The Medal was created to honor what I call "living legends"--contemporary individuals and organizations who have shaped Oregon's history for the better and who encompass the best that our state has to offer. Since its creation, the Oregon History Makers Medal has earned a reputation as one of the most prestigious awards an Oregonian can receive," said Kerry Tymchuk, Oregon Historical Society Executive Director.

The reception will begin at 5 p.m. followed by a program and the presentation of the History Makers Medals at 6 p.m. Media who are interested in covering this event can contact OHS Communications and Marketing Manager, Rachel Randles, at Rachel.Randles@ohs.org or 971.409.3761.

The 2014 Oregon History Makers Medal recipients are:

Thomas Lauderdale: Oregon's Musical Ambassador to the World
As the founder and impresario of Pink Martini, Thomas Lauderdale has performed with more than 50 orchestras across the country and the world, gaining a reputation as one of the most innovative musicians of his time. Thomas and Pink Martini blend genres of classical, jazz, and old fashioned pop into a sound that is uniquely theirs and uniquely Oregon. A tireless and eloquent activist for the arts, Thomas serves on the boards of the Oregon Symphony and Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Governor Barbara Roberts: Pioneering Public Servant
Barbara Roberts entered the public arena as a young housewife and mother, and successfully lobbied the Oregon State Legislature to guarantee public education to children with disabilities. She would go on to serve on a local school board, a local community college board, and on the Multnomah County Commission before being elected to the Oregon State House of Representatives, where she became the first woman House Majority Leader in history. She was elected Oregon Secretary of State in 1984, re-elected in 1988, and in 1990 she was elected the first woman to serve as Governor of the State of Oregon.

Walter J. Urba, M.D., Ph.D.: Cancer Warrior
As the director of cancer research at the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center in the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute at Providence Cancer Center, Dr. Walter Urba is a nationally-respected leader and pioneer in immunotherapy. He serves on the front lines in the battle against cancer, and is leading a team of more than 90 investigators toward the goal of curing cancer.

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort: Golf as it was meant to be
Under the leadership of businessman and entrepreneur Mike Keiser, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, which first opened in 1999 and now includes five golf courses, has made Oregon's south coast a must-see destination for golfers around the world. It has been hailed by one golf publication as nothing less than "the best place on the planet to golf."


About the Oregon Historical Society

Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content.

The Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland. Museum hours are Monday - Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM. Admission is always free for Multnomah County residents. Visit ohs.org for information on exhibitions, research library hours and resources, upcoming events, and access to educational content.
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$5 Admission to Oregon Historical Society Oct. 4-6 for Final Days of Lincoln's Legacy Exhibition (Photo) - 09/30/14
Portland, OR - See Lincoln for a Lincoln! From Saturday, October 4 through Monday, October 6, see the Oregon Historical Society's blockbuster exhibition 2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy for only $5 before it closes on October 6. Plus, the first 25 visitors will receive a free full size exhibition poster to take home. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents with valid ID.

Featuring two rare copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, this original exhibition tells the story of the challenges Lincoln faced and the legacy that he built in the period between the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the ratifying of the Thirteenth Amendment two years later.

Recently added to the exhibition courtesy of the Mark Family Collection are the "Walter Chairs," designed by Thomas Ustick Walter, the architect of the Capitol dome, and commissioned for the U.S. House of Representatives when they moved into their new House Chambers in 1857. Lincoln used a chair of the same design as his favorite portrait chair, and these chairs were used in the House until they were retired in 1873.

Other notable artifacts on display courtesy of the Mark Family Collection, the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, and the Oregon Historical Society collections include:

* A House of Representatives official copy of the Thirteenth Amendment, personally signed by the then members of Congress and United States Senators
* The military uniform shoulder straps worn by General William T. Sherman
* The actual pen that President Lincoln used in 1862 to sign the Act of Emancipation for the Territories
* Pieces of fabric from both the coat that Lincoln was wearing and the seat in which he was sitting the night he was assassinated at Ford's Theater.

After touring the 3,000 square foot exhibition, test your knowledge of our 16th president in the "Lincoln's Challenge" touch-screen game, and add your thoughts on Lincoln's legacy to the exhibit walls.
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About the Oregon Historical Society

Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content.

The Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland. Museum hours are Monday - Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM. Admission is always free for Multnomah County residents. Visit ohs.org for information on exhibitions, research library hours and resources, upcoming events, and access to educational content.