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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.
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"Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine" exhibit closes September 20 (Photo) - 09/09/14
Join six local wineries for a closing celebration on Sunday, September 14, from 1 - 4 p.m.!

Portland, OR - There are less than two weeks left to visit the Oregon Historical Society's popular summer exhibition, "Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine," closing Saturday, September 20.

To celebrate the end of this beautiful Portland summer and the final full weekend of the exhibit, the Oregon Historical Society will host Arborbrook, Brooks, Cooper Mountain, Elk Cove, Maysara, and Ponzi wineries for an afternoon wine tasting event on Sunday, September 14 from 1 - 4 p.m. Also, at 2 p.m., industry pioneer Susan Sokol Blosser will sit down for a Q&A with OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk, discussing the early days of Oregon wine. Tickets to the End of Summer Celebration are $15, and include six tastes, appetizers, museum admission, and entrance to Susan Sokol Blosser's talk. Tickets can be purchased online.

Designed in partnership with the Linfield College's Oregon Wine History Archive and other industry partners, this original exhibition 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.

Visitors to the exhibit will learn about the flourishing Oregon wine industry through artifacts, photos, works of art, and interactive experiences. View wine-related objects dating back to the 19th century, explore profiles of winemakers working in Oregon today, and use your senses to identify aromas typical to Pinot Noir. Art of the wine country is also on display in the accompanying exhibit "Oregon Vineyards: Through the Eyes of an Artist," curated by Art Elements Gallery in Newberg.


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 current exhibits and events and access to educational content.
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Class Is in Session! Oregon History 101 Begins Monday, September 8 (Photo) - 09/05/14
Portland, OR - Pack your book bags and charge your iPads, because class starts next Monday, September 8. The subject? Oregon History 101.

Presented by The Oregon Encyclopedia and the Oregon History Project, in partnership with the Oregon Historical Society and McMenamins Pubs, Oregon History 101 is a series of monthly lectures by local scholars which will give an overview of our state's vibrant history.

"Oregon History 101 is an excellent opportunity for all of us to brush up on our state history," says OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "Each 'class' highlights an important piece of our shared heritage, and presents topics that are important for all Oregonians to understand."

For the next nine months, Oregon History 101 will take place at McMenamins Kennedy School at 7 p.m., and is free and open to all ages. Each class is designed to give Oregonians a basic understanding of our state's significant people, places, and events. Beginning with the earliest peoples and ending with the turn of the twenty-first century, each presentation will emphasize Oregon's connection to historical themes in American history, including Native history, early exploration, western expansion, race, gender, and social justice, and the post-industrial economy.

Series editors Dr. Carl Abbott and Dr. William Lang have designed the series and invited many of the state's most distinguished senior scholars to speak. Each presentation will feature images from the Oregon Historical Society archives and will be filmed and made available on The Oregon Encyclopedia website (www.oregonencyclopedia.org).

Oregon History 101 kicks off next Monday with a presentation by Dr. David Lewis (Cultural Resources Director, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde) on Native Life and Pre-Contact. For a full series schedule, visit http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/oregonhistory101/. Class dismissed!


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. Visit ohs.org for information on current exhibits and events and access to educational content.

About The Oregon Encyclopedia
The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE) is an online resource for information on the state's significant people, places, events, institutions, and biota. Overseen by a distinguished board of Oregon historians and educators, the hundreds of contributors to the encyclopedia are among the most knowledgeable scholars in the state. The OE is part of the Oregon Historical Society's Digital History Projects, and is supported by Portland State University and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English.