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92 Oregon Students to Compete Saturday, April 18 in State Level National History Day Competition (Photo) - 04/14/15
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 18 from 10 AM - 3 PM at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). The event is open to media; please contact Rachel Randles (rachel.randles@ohs.org, 503.306.5221) if you are planning to cover the event.

Ninety-two students from Medford to Portland will compete in Oregon History Day in order to qualify for the national competition. Thirty volunteer judges will be spread throughout the Oregon Historical Society to evaluate their entries and help award prizes. Thanks to generous grant funding from the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Trust, the student(s) with the best entry at Oregon History Day will receive free roundtrip airfare to the National History Day competition, which takes place June 14-18 at the University of Maryland College Park campus in Washington, D.C. Three additional scholarship prizes will also be awarded to notable entries thanks to support from the Joseph E. Weston Foundation, the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, and the Howard and Dorise Irwin Foundation.

Four years ago, the Oregon Historical Society reintroduced the National History Day program to Oregon state, and has seen the competition double in size each year. OHS Education Manager Denise Brock chaperones qualifying students to National History Day, where past Oregon contestants have won awards for outstanding entries.

Each fall, OHS kicks off the Oregon History Day program alongside over half a million students across the country. Brock 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 2015 National History Day theme is "Leadership & Legacy 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, 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.
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Oregon Historical Society & First Congregational United Church of Christ to Join National Commemoration of Appomattox April 9 (Photo) - 04/08/15
Portland, OR - April 8, 2015 - The First Congregational United Church of Christ will join organizations nationwide in "Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox" by ringing its bells at 12:15 p.m. PST on Thursday, April 9, 2015. The Oregon Historical Society, located next door to the church, will assist in this commemoration by displaying a rare signed autograph letter written by Abraham Lincoln on August 4 in the midst of the 1860 presidential campaign. His correspondent was Simeon Francis, a long-time Lincoln friend and political ally who had served as the editor of the Sangamo Journal in Springfield, Illinois, and who moved to Oregon in 1859, where he edited the Oregonian and the Oregon Farmer.

Many years earlier, in 1849, Lincoln had declined the governorship of the Oregon Territory. In his place he recommended Simeon Francis for the post, although Francis was not chosen. In the letter Lincoln discusses the Oregon delegation to the upcoming Republican convention in Chicago, and outlines the prospects for his election in November. "I hesitate to say it," he writes, "but it really appears now, as if the success of the Republican ticket is inevitable..."

For the past four years, the National Parks Service and many other community organizations and individuals have been commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the continuing efforts for human rights today. On April 9, 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to set the terms of surrender of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

The bells will ring first at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park at Noon PST to coincide with the moment the historic meeting between Grant and Lee in the McLean House at Appomattox Court House ended. While Lee's surrender did not end the Civil War, the act is seen by most Americans as the symbolic end of four years of bloodshed.

After the ringing at Appomattox, bells will reverberate across the country.





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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Actor Tony Goldwyn Visits Oregon Historical Society in "Who Do You Think You Are?" Episode Sunday, April 5 (Photo) - 04/03/15
Portland, OR - April 3, 2015 - Many people use the Oregon Historical Society Research Library to learn about their historic homes, track down their ancestors, and access primary source materials... even Hollywood greats like Tony Goldwyn!

Mr. Goldwyn (aka President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC's "Scandal") visited OHS as part of his genealogical quest on the TLC series "Who Do You Think You Are?" Watch as he uncovers unknown parts of his family history that lead him to Oregon when the episode airs this Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. View the episode trailer online at http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/tony-goldwyn/.

As part of his ancestral mapping, Mr. Goldwyn and the Who Do crew asked to view Mary White Coe's diary in the OHS collection. Mary White married Nathaniel Coe in New York, who then moved to Oregon in 1851 after being appointed Special Postal Agent to President Fillmore. Ms. Coe's diary details a miserable trip across the Isthmus of Panama in late 1852 and early 1853, where she traveled with her two sons to meet her husband in Oregon. In those days, this was the fastest route from the east coast to Oregon, but the trip across Panama involved traveling overland by mule (which, in late years, would be replaced by railroad).

An excerpt from the diary, shown in the accompanying photo, reads:

"New Years Day [1853] - This morning at 12 [midnight] some one full of frolic or fun - or it may be unable to sleep himself, came into the saloon - rang the bell, desiring the passengers for San Francisco to come forward to the baggage room, and select their baggage - some sprung up from sleep, forgetting - they were a week from their destination - all were startled. At first I thought it was the first of April - so I said to my neighbor - tis' an April fool, well well - surely no one would imagine it to be January - or even a New York April - so warm..."

The Nathanial Coe collection also includes correspondence, notebooks, financial records, and more relating to this Oregon pioneer family who settled in Hood River in 1855. A complete finding aid for this collection is available online in the Northwest Digital Archive database at http://nwda.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv00355.

The Oregon Historical Society Research Library is open to the public on Tuesday from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $11 and is free every day to OHS members and Multnomah County residents. Access our collection online through our online catalog (http://librarycatalog.ohs.org/eosweb/opac/), or subscribe to our Research Library Tumblr (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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Teddy Roosevelt Historical Tribute to Visit Prineville on April 30 (Photo) - 04/01/15
Prineville, OR - April 1, 2015 - "Teddy Roosevelt's Oregon Roadshow," a live performance by historical recreator Joe Wiegand, will visit Prineville for a special event at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 as part of a week-long tour of schools and museums sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society and Wells Fargo.

The event will take place in the Community Room of the Bowman Museum (246 N Main Street, Prineville) and is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis. Learn more about the museum at www.bowmanmuseum.org.

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 across the state, with stops in Salem, Portland, Jefferson, Bend, Hood River, and more. 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.

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.

"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."

An author, naturalist, explorer, soldier, conservationist, and president, Roosevelt's history is larger than life. His fascinating career boasted many accomplishments, including the creation of Crater Lake National Park in 1902.

"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.
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Teddy Roosevelt Historical Tribute to Visit Newberg on April 29 (Photo) - 04/01/15
Newberg, OR - "Teddy Roosevelt's Oregon Roadshow," a live performance by historical recreator Joe Wiegand, will visit Newberg for a special event at the Chehalem Cultural Center at 7 p.m. on April 29 as part of a week-long tour of schools and museums sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society and Wells Fargo.

The performance will take place in the ballroom of the Chehalem Cultural Center (415 E Sheridan Street), and the event is free and open to the public. Learn more about the center at www.chehalemculturalcenter.org.

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. 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.

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.

"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."

An author, naturalist, explorer, soldier, conservationist, and president, Roosevelt's history is larger than life. His fascinating career boasted many accomplishments, including the creation of Crater Lake National Park in 1902.

"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.
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Teddy Roosevelt Historical Tribute to Visit Bend on April 30 (Photo) - 04/01/15
Bend, OR - "Teddy Roosevelt's Oregon Roadshow," a live performance by historical recreator Joe Wiegand, will visit Bend for a special event hosted by the Deschutes County Historical Society at 11:30 a.m. on April 30 as part of a week-long tour of schools and museums sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society and Wells Fargo.

The performance will take place at the Deschutes Public Library, Downtown Bend Branch (601 NW Wall Street) and the event is free and open to the public. Learn more about the Deschutes County Historical Society at www.deschuteshistory.org.

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. 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.

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.

"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."

An author, naturalist, explorer, soldier, conservationist, and president, Roosevelt's history is larger than life. His fascinating career boasted many accomplishments, including the creation of Crater Lake National Park in 1902.

"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.
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Oregon Historical Society Announces 2015 Oregon History Makers Medal Recipients - 03/20/15
Portland, OR - The Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal. First awarded in 2009, the History Makers Medal is presented annually by OHS to individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon.

The 2015 Oregon History Makers Medal recipients are:

Ann Curry: Broadcast Journalist
A graduate of Ashland High School and the University of Oregon, Ann Curry has forged a career as one of America's most respected and admired broadcast journalists. During her twenty-five year career at NBC News, Curry anchored almost every network morning and evening news show. The recipient of multiple Emmys and awards for excellence in broadcast journalism, Curry is widely respected for her coverage of international disasters and her exclusive interviews with foreign leaders.

Peggy Fowler: Business Executive, Community Leader, and Glass Ceiling Breaker
In 1974, Peggy Fowler began her career with Oregon's largest utility Portland General Electric, just one year after graduating from George Fox University with degrees in chemistry and mathematics. Her skills and intelligence propelled her up the corporate management ladder, and she would eventually serve as PGE's CEO from 2000-2009. Widely regarded as one of Oregon's most admired executives, Fowler continues to serve as a mentor for other women seeking to reach the top rungs of the corporate ladder.

George Puentes: Business Executive, Community Leader, and Philanthropist
George Puentes co-founded Don Pancho Authentic Mexican Foods in Salem in 1980, and his leadership has helped to propel the company to become one of the largest Latino owned businesses in the Pacific Northwest, with products that are distributed throughout the United States. A tireless advocate for education, Puentes is also the co-founder of a scholarship that enables low-income successful Latino students to pursue higher education.

Les Schwab Tire Centers: Iconic Oregon Business
In 1952, Les Schwab purchased a small tire store in Prineville Oregon, even though he had never fixed a tire in his life. Blessed with natural salesmanship and a total commitment to customer service, Schwab built a company that today is comprised of over 450 stores across the West and boasts annual sales of $1.5 billion. Over the years, Les Schwab Tire Centers has also reinvested roughly half of its profits in its employees, and has donated millions of dollars to non-profit organizations that teach lessons about responsibility, hard work, and service.

"Ann Curry, Peggy Fowler, George Puentes, and Les Schwab are all Oregon treasures," said Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society. "They are all very deserving recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal."

The Oregon History Makers Medal will be presented at a dinner at the historic Montgomery Park building in Portland on Sunday, October 4, 2015. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available; for more information, please contact Sue Metzler, Director of Development, at 503-306-5229 or sue.metzler@ohs.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.