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Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Event at Oregon Historical Society Features WWII Veterans and Families (Photo) - 12/02/16

Portland, OR -- December 2, 2016 -- President Roosevelt's "day which will live in infamy" has been recognized every December 7th as a pivotal moment in American history. In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the attack, the OBON SOCIETY and Oregon Historical Society will focus on the transformation that has occurred since December 7, 1941.

Join us on Wednesday, December 7 at 7pm at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) for a free program that will include an eye-witness account from one of the last surviving veterans of Pearl Harbor, and will examine the powerful trust and friendship that emerged between the people of the United States and the people of Japan and today's shared desire for peace and reconciliation.

Participant Biographies

Steven R. Beach
Oregon Army National Guard Brigadier General (Assistant Adjutant General) Beach possesses an unmatched knowledge of military history, current affairs, and veterans' issues. He can speak with the wisdom, authority, and experience that only a Brigadier General possesses.

Bethany Glenn
At the age of 20, Bethany Glenn's grandfather, Ensign John C. England, was aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma anchored in Pearl Harbor. He lost his life saving the lives of many others and remained missing in action and forgotten for many years. Recently, his family was made aware of his existence, which led to his proper burial earlier this year.

Consul General Mr. Kojiro Uchiyama
On April 18, 2016, Consul General Uchiyama departed his previous position at the Embassy of Japan in Ireland to take up duties as the head of the Consular Office of Japan in Portland. The relationship between Japan and the states of Oregon and Idaho continues to be a broad and favorable one, based on mutual exchanges in the fields of political, economic, and cultural benefit. It is the Consular Office's goal to support and develop this relationship, and, through the daily activities of this office, to be a helpful presence to the Japanese and local communities.

Ed Johann
Ed Johann is a Pearl Harbor survivor who witnessed the attack from the unique perspective of ground zero. He was in an open boat, in the middle of the harbor, when the first planes emerged from over the horizon.

Bob Miller
For 34 years Bob Miller entertained, amused, and informed Portland residents with his daily broadcasts on KEX and KPAM. After retiring he had time to reconsider his father-in-law's souvenir flag from WWII that hung on the wall. He sent it to the OBON SOCIETY, they located the family, and it was returned to Japan.

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith is the Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs, which continues to build better lives for military veterans, spouses, and their families living in Oregon.

Kerry Tymchuk
Kerry Tymchuk is the Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society.

Hummingbird Chorus
One of the first links that connected the people of America and the people of Japan in the post-war years came unexpectedly through a song which filled both nations with hope and joy. It will be recreated by the choir.

Keiko Ziak
Keiko Ziak's story closely parallels that of Bethany. Her grandfather was drafted into the Army, sent off to the jungles of Burma, and disappeared without a trace. His existence was not mentioned by the family for more than 60 years until miraculously a personal item he had once carried was returned to the family.

Rex Ziak
As co-founder of OBON SOCIETY, Rex and his wife Keiko manage an international team that receives battlefield souvenirs, researches their place of origin, and returns these items to members of the family. By providing the point of contact between veterans and bereaved families, the OBON SOCIETY provides an opportunity for healing and reconciliation.



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.

Oregon Black Pioneers & Oregon Historical Society Celebrate Opening of National Museum of African American History and Culture with Smithsonian Poster Exhibition - 12/01/16

PRESS IMAGES: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B34ognB6Av6seFZVXzdNLUFWSms

Portland, OR -- December 1, 2016 -- On September 24, 2016 the Smithsonian Institution opened its newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. With free admission passes "sold out" through the end of 2016, Oregonians will have a rare chance to peek inside the museum as the Oregon Historical Society presents A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The commemorative poster exhibition will be on view December 6, 2016 -- January 16, 2017.

Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, A Place for All People highlights key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. From the child-size shackles of a slave and the clothing worn by Carolotta Walls on her first day at Little Rock Central High School to Chuck Berry's Gibson guitar, "Maybellene," and the track shoes worn by Olympian Carl Lewis, the exhibition presents a living history that reflects challenge, triumph, faith, and hope. The poster exhibition will share many stories of African American and African diaspora people and their contributions to the local community and the American story.

"Once we saw the quality and poignant content in these posters, we knew that this exhibit and the work of the National Museum of African American History had to be shared with Oregonians," said Willie Richardson, President of the Oregon Black Pioneers. "In the past few years, have created three original exhibitions that have been showcased at the Oregon Historical Society, so it seemed like the perfect venue to exhibit these powerful posters."

"The Oregon Historical Society has been proud to partner with the Oregon Black Pioneers on a series of original exhibits that share the important histories of Oregon's Black communities," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "The stories and artifacts on view at the National Museum of African American History are critical pieces of American history, and we are delighted that the Oregon Black Pioneers reached out to us to host this important exhibit."

The journey to establish this museum began a century ago with a call for a national memorial to honor the contributions of African American Civil War veterans. After decades of efforts by private citizens, organizations, and members of Congress, federal legislation was passed in 2003 to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Since then, thousands of artifacts have been collected to fill the inspiring new building that has risen on the National Mall. Through its exhibitions and programs, the museum provides a shared lens to view the nation's history and the possibility for hope and healing. It is a place where all can gather to remember, reflect and embrace America's story: a place for all people. For more information, visit nmaahc.si.edu.

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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 the Oregon Black Pioneers
The state's premier Black heritage organization is dedicated to illuminating African Americans' contributions to Oregon's history through research, publications, exhibits, and community outreach. The organization's 2015 exhibition, A Community on the Move, directly builds on two highly successful collaborations with the Oregon Historical Society and reflects the all-volunteer organization's increasing capacity to create meaningful opportunities for community dialogue and learning.

About SITES
SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For exhibition description and tour schedules, visit sites.si.edu.

Meet over 85 local authors at the Oregon Historical Society's annual Holiday Cheer book sale & literary celebration - 11/28/16

Portland, OR -- Shop local this holiday season and join the Oregon Historical Society on Sunday, December 4 for Holiday Cheer, a festive book sale & literary celebration! Chat with 85 local authors and make a dent in your holiday shopping by picking up the perfect personalized gift. Holiday Cheer begins at noon at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Downtown Portland) and authors will be signing until 4pm. Admission is free to both the book sale and to the museum.

A Portland tradition for nearly 50 years, Holiday Cheer is a chance to celebrate the rich literary talents in Oregon, and marks the start of the holiday season at the Oregon Historical Society. Authors are spread throughout the museum, selling everything from cookbooks and mysteries to comics and children's books... and, of course, history books! All featured authors have published a book in 2016, though many will also have past titles available.

Notable local authors in attendance include mystery writer Phillip Margolin, historical fiction author Jane Kirkpatrick, children's book author Bart King, and the one and only Gerry Frank. At Holiday Cheer, you will find a book for everyone on your shopping list, with guides to hiking and local fish to the official Portland Farmers Market cookbook to the annual favorite "It's Different Every Day" illustrated daily calendar. Plus, meet over 15 authors who contributed to the new children's book Oregon Reads Aloud, a charming collection of twenty-five stories by a trove of Oregon authors and illustrators celebrating twenty-five years of SMART's (Start Making A Reader Today) work empowering children to read. A full list of featured authors can be found at on our website at www.ohs.org/holidaycheer.

To add to the holiday cheer, local favorite The Dickens Carolers will be strolling through the museum performing lively holiday songs from 1 -- 2pm. Sip on a cup of hot cocoa and pick up a cookie as you chat with some of Oregon's best and brightest writers!

Admission to Holiday Cheer is free, and all museum exhibits will be open from Noon to 5pm. See a rare printing of the Declaration of Independence in Democracy's Blueprints, and learn about Oregon's rich comic industry in Comic City, USA -- and even meet comics Jan Eliot (Stone Soup) and Colleen Coover (Bandette) who are featured in the exhibit! For more information and a list of current exhibitions, visit www.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.

Homeward Bound cover
Homeward Bound cover
Iconic Cartoonist Jack Ohman and Author Peter Ames Carlin Reunite for a Special Event at the Oregon Historical Society (Photo) - 11/10/16

Portland, OR -- Jack Ohman and Peter Ames Carlin struck up their long-running friendship while working at The Oregonian, where Ohman was the editorial cartoonist and Carlin was a copy aide who would later become the television columnist and feature writer.

Today, Ohman is the political cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee and is the recipient of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartoons. Carlin is a best-selling author who has written critically acclaimed biographies of rock icons Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney. His newest book, Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon, has just been published by Henry Holt & Co.

On Monday, November 14 at 7pm, Ohman and Carlin will reunite for a conversation at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) led by Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. Ohman, whose cartoons are featured in the current Comic City, USA exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society, will discuss his career and his take on the 2016 presidential election and Carlin will share his insights into the life and career of Paul Simon. Copies of Homeward Bound will be available for purchase.

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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.

President Harding at dedication of Old Oregon Trail Meacham Oregon  United States  7/3/1923, Barney and Grace Olsen Collection, OHS Library, bb011441
President Harding at dedication of Old Oregon Trail Meacham Oregon United States 7/3/1923, Barney and Grace Olsen Collection, OHS Library, bb011441
Oregon Historical Society and University of Oregon Present Free Symposium Exploring Oregon Migration November 16 & 17 in Eugene (Photo) - 11/09/16

Portland, OR -- Migration has been central to life in Oregon for thousands of years and has become especially poignant since non-Native people began resettling here during the 1830s and 1840s. Oregonians have long engaged in complex debates about which peoples are entitled to certain rights and responsibilities as residents of the state--from notions of Manifest Destiny to black and Asian exclusion laws to tribal treaty negotiations and termination to welcoming late-twentieth-century refugees to recent political struggles over tuition equity and drivers' licenses for undocumented immigrants.

On November 16 & 17, the Oregon Historical Society's Oregon Historical Quarterly, UO Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, and the UO Labor Education & Research Center invite you to engage in discussions on these topics at a free symposium held at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Top scholars and holders of community history will be on hand to investigate the various ways that Oregon inhabitants and newcomers have shaped each other through time, helping us better understand today's discussions about belonging.

Oregon Migration Symposium Schedule:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate Street, Eugene

6pm -- 7pm
Reception and Self-Guided Tours of Latino Roots exhibit

7pm -- 8:30pm
Panel Discussion: "Migration Public History" with Gwen Trice (Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center), Gabriela Martínez (Latino Roots), Suenn Ho (Garden of Surging Waves), and Dr. Jackie Peterson-Loomis, on Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland's Historic Chinatowns

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Ford Alumni Center, 1720 E 13th Avenue, Eugene

9am -- 9:30am
Coffee, tea, and pastries

9:30am -- 10am
Welcome and Oregon Immigration Overview with Dr. Bob Bussel and Dr. Dan Tichenor

10am -- 11:30am
"Guatemalan Mam Refugees in Oregon: Women and Children Finding a New Life in the Northwest" by Dr. Lynn Stephen
"Latinos en Oregón: sus voces, sus historias, su herencia" by Natalia Fernandez
"Roma (Gypsies) in Oregon: A Hidden History" by Dr. Carol Silverman

11:30am -- 12:30pm
"1850's Crucible: Oregon Migrant Re-settlers, Native People, and Creating a New Society" by Dr. Bill Lang
"Contemporary Access to Ancestral Lands in Oregon for the purpose of Traditional Plant Harvest: Addressing the History of Dispossession" by Dr. Rebecca Dobkins

12:30pm -- 1pm
Break: Grab lunch to go at a local café or restaurant.

1pm -- 2:15pm
Brown Bag Lunch and Panel Discussion: "In the Shadow of the 2016 Election: Immigration Debates in Oregon and Beyond" with Dr. Kim Williams (Portland State University), Andrea Williams (CAUSA), and Phil Carrasco (Grupo Latino de Acción Directa, GLAD); moderated by Dr. Dan Tichenor

2:15pm -- 2:30pm
Break

2:30pm -- 4pm
"Hop-Picking Cultures in Oregon: Reaping Exclusion out of Diversity" by Dr. Ryan Dearinger
"The Telling Case of Bhagat Singh Thind" by Jo Ogden
"Ethnic Mexican Labor and the Post-WWII Pacific Northwest" by Dr. Mario Sifuentez

4pm -- 4:30pm
Wrap Up and Reflection with Dr. Bob Bussel and Dr. Dan Tichenor


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.

Oregon Historical Society Free for Veterans, Active Duty Military, and their Families Saturday & Sunday November 12 & 13 - 11/07/16

Portland, OR -- November 7, 2016 -- In honor of Veterans' Day, the Oregon Historical Society will offer free admission to all veterans, active duty military, and their families on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13. The OHS museum and research library are open Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and the museum is open on Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. The Oregon Historical Society will be closed on Veterans' Day, Friday, November 11.

Currently on display in the OHS museum are Democracy's Blueprints: The Documents that Built America and Comic City, USA. In Democracy's Blueprints, visitors will see rare printings and engravings of our nation's bedrock documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Monroe Doctrine. On Sunday at 2pm, join historian Dr. Laura Gifford for a guided tour of the exhibit, and enjoy the deep historical perspective and quirky stories she brings to the documentary foundations of our nation.

Comic City, USA features the stories and original artwork of 15 local comic artists and writers, and is the perfect spot for a family outing. Try your hand at sketching on a light box table, add your artwork to a storyboard, and create your very own comic book character to email home as a memento of your visit. If you plan your visit on Saturday, make sure to stop by the OHS Research Library -- long time Oregonians may be able to discover photographs of family or historic homes in our archives!

The Oregon Historical Society has also just opened a brand new permanent exhibit for youth and students. Parents, grandparents, and grandchildren will enjoy exploring History Hub, an interactive exhibit that explores the topic of diversity through fun, hands-on objects and pictures. With puzzles, touch screen activities, and board games, History Hub asks students to consider questions like "Who is an Oregonian?," "How has discrimination and segregation affected people who live in Oregon?," and "How can you make Oregon a great place for everyone?"

The Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland's South Park Blocks.


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.