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Special Late Night Hours & Discounted Admission to Portland Art Museum & Oregon Historical Society this August - 07/29/14
Portland, OR - Spend your August evenings in Portland's Park Blocks with special late night museum hours to the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Historical Society. The Oregon Historical Society will be open until 7 p.m. every Friday, and the Portland Art Museum will be open until 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, giving visitors more time to explore their current exhibitions.

Friday evening admission to the Portland Art Museum and Oregon Historical Society is $5 (ages 19 and up). Admission to the Oregon Historical Society is free to all Multnomah County residents, and admission to the Portland Art Museum is free for everyone on the last Friday of August. Regular museum admission is required to the Portland Art Museum on Thursday evening.

Exhibition highlights include:

The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden
At the Portland Art Museum through September 21, 2014

The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden explores the art, design, and evolution of Paris' most famous garden. This major exhibition will present more than 100 sculptures, paintings, photographs, and drawings by some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Special exhibition programming includes lectures with international scholars, plein air painting in the Park Blocks, family activities, tours of Portland parks, and more.

2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy
At the Oregon Historical Society through October 6, 2014

This original exhibit takes an in-depth look at Lincoln's monumental presidency between two historic points: the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Congressional passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. Through rare documents, artifacts, and cutting edge interactive elements, 2 Years, 1 Month explores Lincoln's legacy through the lens of slavery and the end of the Civil War. A portion of the exhibit also examines how Oregonians experienced this critical time in our nation's history.

Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine
At the Oregon Historical Society through September 21, 2014

Celebrate the wonders of Oregon wine and the people who make it possible in this unique, engaging exhibit produced by the Oregon Historical Society in collaboration with local history organizations and industry leaders. Visitors to the exhibit can 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, use your senses to identify aromas typical to Pinot Noir, experience artworks inspired by Oregon wine country, and much more.


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 Portland Art Museum
The seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest, the Portland Art Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions drawn from the Museum's holdings and the world's finest public and private collections. The Museum's collection of some 50,000 objects, displayed in 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. An active collecting institution dedicated to preserving great art for the enrichment of future generations, the Museum devotes 90 percent of its galleries to its permanent collection. The Museum's campus of landmark buildings is located in the heart of Portland's cultural district. For information on exhibitions and programs, call 503-226-2811 or visit portlandartmuseum.org
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Oregon Students Compete in National History Day Competition in Washington, D.C. (Photo) - 07/28/14
Portland, OR - After months of intensive research and success at the state level competition, Olivia Winter, a student who is home schooled in Timber, Oregon, presented her project at the annual National History Day competition, held at the University of Maryland College Park Campus in the Washington, D.C. area June 11-15.

"I was proud to be one of the finalists at National History Day," stated Olivia. "I think National History Day is a valuable experience because I can test my skills against many other people. It helped me to become more confident when presenting, gave me the chance to study the things that fascinate me, and to study them in more depth than I would have otherwise. Researching my project this year helped me to understand my world better.

Continued Olivia, "I think that students benefit from National History Day because it helps kids to see a story in history, and to learn from it. It makes history relevant and important."

Along with Olivia, twenty other students representing Jefferson, Washington, and Multnomah counties traveled across the country to compete in the 25th annual National History Day contest. Although no Oregonians took home cash awards, Olivia's entry, a documentary on the infamous Tillamook Burn of 1933-1951 entitled, "Out of the Ashes: The Inferno That Changed the Heart of Oregon" won honorable mention.

The Oregon Historical Society offers cash prizes to three students at the local Oregon History Day competition, which took place at Concordia University on April 12, 2014. All students between the ages of 12-17 across our state are encouraged to enter the competition for the 2014-15 school year, where the theme will be "Leadership and Legacy in History." Oregon History Day will take place this coming year at the Oregon Historical Society on Saturday, April 18. Those who qualify will be invited to the national competition June 14-18 in Washington, D.C.

For more information on how to get involved in Oregon History Day, as well as the access materials for students and teacher, visit http://www.ohs.org/education/oregon-history-day.cfm.


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, school programs, and website content.

About National History Day
National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students. Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics' significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Best-selling author Doris Kearns Goodwin to give exclusive media tour of Oregon Historical Society Lincoln exhibit; public lecture to follow - 07/14/14
Portland, OR - Next Monday, July 21, the Oregon Historical Society is thrilled to host famed author Doris Kearns Goodwin for a lecture at the Newmark Theater at 7 p.m. on her New York Times bestselling book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Limited tickets are still available through TicketsWest and start at $50.

Prior to the evening lecture, media are invited for a special behind the scenes tour of the Oregon Historical Society's exhibit 2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy with Ms. Goodwin and local businessman and collector Pete Mark. The tour will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, downtown Portland). If you are interested in joining us for the tour, please contact Rachel Randles at 503.306.5221 or Rachel.Randles@ohs.org.

Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, (November, 2013). Goodwin is well known for her appearances and commentary on television, where she is seen frequently on NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN, The Charlie Rose Show and Meet the Press. Goodwin earned a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency. She served as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House, and later assisted President Johnson in the preparation of his memoirs.

In Team of Rivals, Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. Goodwin worked with director Steven Spielberg on the film Lincoln, which is partly based on Team of Rivals. The film grossed $275 million at the box office and earned 12 Academy Award(R) nominations, including an Academy Award for actor Daniel Day-Lewis for his portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln.

Goodwin resides in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband, the writer, presidential advisor, speechwriter and playwright Richard N. Goodwin. She was the first woman to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room, and is a devoted fan of the World Series-winning team.

Copies of The Bully Pulpit and Team of Rivals will be on sale at the Newmark starting at 6 p.m. Doors to the theater open at 6:30 p.m. Following the lecture, all ticket holders are invited to the Oregon Historical Society for a tour of 2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy.


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, school programs, and website content.
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Replica of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Coat Added to Exhibit at the Oregon History Museum (Photo) - 07/01/14
Portland, OR - To kick off the Fourth of July weekend, the Oregon History Museum has announced a new addition to its original exhibition, 2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy. Thanks to local collector and philanthropist Pete Mark, the Oregon History Museum has secured from Brooks Brothers the replica of the embroidered "Great Coat" the retailer made for Abraham Lincoln for his second inauguration, which he was also wearing when he was assassinated just six weeks later. The Great Coat will be on display for a limited time only through July 31, 2014.

Working in conjunction with Ford's Theater, Brooks analyzed each component of the original coat to maintain authenticity when recreating the garment they first created in 1864. A special feature of the coat's quilted lining is an embroidered eagle with a pennant in its beak bearing the inscription "One Country, One Destiny." This coat was made in Brooks Brothers' workrooms, just as the original was almost 150 years ago.

The Oregon History Museum will be closed on Friday, July 4 in observance of the holiday, but will reopen on Saturday, July 5. Regular museum hours are Monday - Friday from 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM, and admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.

About 2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy
The exhibit features extremely rare documents and artifacts from the Mark Family Collection, the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, and the holdings of the Oregon Historical Society. Visitors to the exhibit have the opportunity to see a first printing of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln; a House of Representatives official copy of the Thirteenth Amendment, personally signed by the then members of Congress and United States Senators; 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 , and 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. In addition, the exhibit includes numerous Civil War-era costumes that were worn by actors in director Steven Spielberg's Academy Award winning movie, Lincoln.

The exhibit also features a touch-screen video game, "Lincoln's Challenge," which allows visitors to test their knowledge of America's 16th President and the Civil War. 2 Years, 1 Month will be on display until October 6.



About the Oregon History Museum at 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, school programs, and website content.
The Oregon History Museum 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. Visitor information and a list of current exhibits can be found at WWW.OHS.ORG.