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Over 20 Local Celebrities to Compete in Chocolate Cake "Smack-down," a Kick-Off to the Oregon State Fair - 08/20/15
Portland, OR - Friday, August 28 will mark the 150th anniversary of the Oregon State Fair, and, for 56 years, the sole judge of the Fair's Chocolate Layer Cake Contest has been the one and only Gerry Frank--public servant, businessman, and cheerleader for all things Oregon. To celebrate the Fair's historic sesquicentennial, the Oregon Historical Society is hosting a Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down in Portland with Gerry as the judge.

The smack-down will take place on Tuesday, August 25 at 12pm at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) and admission is free. Come and watch as local community leaders and media personalities present their best recipes for judgment, and join in the tasting once Gerry declares a winner! To complete your State Fair inspired meal, grab lunch from local favorite Pronto Pups, who will be selling their famous corn dogs on our Plaza.

Contestants Include:
* Sally Bany (Co-owner, Moonstruck Chocolates)
* Steve Bass (CEO, Oregon Public Broadcasting)
* Shane Bemis (Mayor of Gresham)
* Margaret Carter (Former Oregon State Senator)
* Gale Castillo (President, Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce)
* Marilyn Deutsch (Reporter, KPTV)
* Brian Ferriso (Executive Director, Portland Art Museum)
* Mark Ganz (CEO, Cambia Health Solutions)
* Jeff Gianola (Anchor, KOIN)
* Nancy Hales (First Lady of Portland)
* Margie Hunt (CEO, Special Olympics Oregon)
* Mark Katches (Editor, The Oregonian / OregonLive)
* Deb Knapp (Anchor, KATU)
* Lois Leveen (Author of Juliet's Nurse and The Secrets of Mary Bowser)
* Judge Judy Matarazzo (Multnomah County Circuit Court)
* Sandra McDonough (CEO, Portland Business Alliance)
* Ellen Rosenblum (Oregon Attorney General)
* Nancy Stueber (CEO, OMSI)
* Keith Thomajan (President / CEO, United Way Columbia-Willamette)
* Wim Wiewel (President, Portland State University)
* Matt Zaffino (Chief Meteorologist, KGW)

Gerry's tips for making a winning chocolate cake include:
1. Aesthetically pleasing design
2. Keep it simple - pure chocolate is best
3. Avoid dryness in the cake recipe
4. Dark chocolate is preferred to white chocolate
5. And most importantly, the richer the better!

Who do you think will "take the cake" in this historic contest? Share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #CakeSmackdown and be sure to tag @OrHist in your tweets!

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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.
Myostis; Peter Kerr, country garden, no. 3163, Portland Garden Club Collection, Oregon Historical Society
Myostis; Peter Kerr, country garden, no. 3163, Portland Garden Club Collection, Oregon Historical Society
Oregon Historical Society & Newspace Center for Photography Present UNEARTHED Exhibit, Featuring Hand-Colored Lantern Slides of Portland Gardens (Photo) - 08/04/15
Portland, OR - August 4, 2015 - The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) and Newspace Center for Photography are proud to present a small exhibit of hand colored photographs of Portland gardens from ca. 1920 - 1935 called UNEARTHED. These images, all from the OHS permanent collection, were created by George C. Stephenson (1866-1940) on behalf of the Portland Garden Club (PGC).

Following the First World War an effort was made to record the beautiful yet quickly disappearing estate gardens in and around Portland. Stephenson, the official photographer of the PGC, created hundreds of slides locally - many of which document the famed Portland gardens of the time, including the Kerr and Frank Estates (now Lewis and Clark College). All images were then colored by hand, taking great pains to accurately record the color palette of each garden or plant subject.

In addition to public programs, the exhibit will include enlargements of select images as well as the display of the slides themselves. The exhibition will be on display at Newspace Center for Photography (1632 SE 10th Ave., Portland, OR 97214) from August 7 through September 26, 2015. Admission is free.

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.
Join WWII Hero Robert Weiss for Special Talk on His Experience during the Invasion of Normandy - 08/03/15
Portland, OR - In August 1944, Oregonian Robert Weiss made history in a decisive battle during the invasion of Normandy. Over 70 years later, Weiss will detail this momentous event at a special event at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland). Join OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk for a Q&A with Weiss on Tuesday, August 4 at 7pm. Admission is free, and copies of Weiss' memoir Fire Mission!: The Siege of Mortain, Normandy will be available for sale.

About Fire Mission!

In August 1944, a few hundred men defended a hill near Mortain, France against a massive German counterattack. For most of the six days and nights of fighting, the Americans were cut off from supply lines, fighting for survival without adequate food, water, medical supplies, or ammunition.

The decisive artillery defense, much of which was launched by forward observer Robert Weiss, has been credited with making the difference in this pivotal battle of the Normandy invasion. With only one radio, powered by dying batteries, Weiss and his team brought down a rain of brutal iron that time after time turned back the German offensive. Weiss was awarded the Legion of Honor from the French government for his service.



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.