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It's Back... 2nd Annual Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down Returns Tuesday, August 23 - 08/19/16

WHEN:
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
12pm -- 1pm

WHERE:
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

COST:
Free Admission -- and free cake for all once Gerry declares the winner!

Portland, OR -- August 19, 2016 -- For over 50 years, the sole judge of the Oregon State Fair's Chocolate Cake Contest has been the one and only Gerry Frank--public servant, businessman, and cheerleader for all things Oregon. Back by popular demand, the Oregon Historical Society will host its second annual Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down in downtown Portland with Gerry as the judge. 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!

Contestants Include:
* April Baer (Host of OPB's State of Wonder)
* Ryan Deckert (President, Oregon Business
Association)
* Marilyn Deutsch (Reporter, KPTV)
* Lisa Garza (Author & Founder of Gluten Free
Foodies)
* Lori Hardwick (Fundraiser Extraordinaire)
* Margie Hunt (CEO, Special Olympics Oregon)
* Nkenge Harmon Johnson (CEO and President,
Urban League of Portland)
* Mark Katches (Editor, The
Oregonian/OregonLive)
* Judy Margles (Director, Oregon Jewish
Museum)
* Judge Judy Matarazzo (Multnomah County Circuit Court)
* Sandra McDonough (CEO, Portland Business Alliance)
* Dan Ryan (CEO, All Hands Raised)
* Angelica Thornton (Anchor, KATU)
* Kay Toran (CEO, Volunteers of America)
* Craig Wessel (Publisher, Portland Business Journal)

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!

Whose baking do you think will "take the cake"? 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.

OHS ED Kerry Tymchuk with member Susan Emmons Poss and her Howdy Doody marionette
OHS ED Kerry Tymchuk with member Susan Emmons Poss and her Howdy Doody marionette
See If You Have Trash Or Treasure at the Oregon Historical Society's 3rd Annual "What's It Worth?" Event (Photo) - 08/16/16

Portland, OR -- August 16, 2016 -- Have you ever wondered if you had a hidden treasure buried in your closet? Then join the Oregon Historical Society for What's It Worth?, an annual event where local experts estimate the value of your collectibles.

WHEN:
Sunday, August 21, 2016
12pm -- 4pm

WHERE:
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

For $10 per item (plus regular museum admission) you could discover if the knick knack from your Aunt Gertrude is actually a valuable collectible! All proceeds raised from this special event support the Oregon Historical Society's mission.

In 2015, over 100 visitors brought items for evaluation. Some notable discoveries included a 37-star American flag, a 1956 Chicago Cubs baseball signed by the entire team, a collection of WWII propaganda posters, and a painting by George de Forest Brush of his father, Alfred Clark Brush, estimated around $18,000!

"Each year, it is exciting to see what sorts of items will walk through our doors. While many items already have great sentimental value attached, it is fun to see the delighted looks on the owners' faces when they find out that their item is also very monetarily valuable!" said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk.

Items that can be evaluated include books, manuscripts, fine and decorative art, Asian antiquities, American Indian baskets and bags, jewelry, military items (no firearms or weapons), sports memorabilia, toys, comics, coins, stamps, and more! The local specialists who will be joining us include:

John Henley, John V. Henley, LLC
Specialties: Books, Manuscripts, Documents, Prints, Illustrations

Shirley Sanders, Red Sign Estate Sales & Appraisals, LLC
Specialties: Decorative Art, Personal Property, Jewelry,

Roger Anthony, Communication That Counts
Specialties: Sports Memorabilia

Robert A. Beale, Robert A. Beale, Stamp Appraisals Northwest
Specialty: Stamps, Coins

Billy Galaxy, Billy Galaxy Vintage Toys and Collectibles
Specialties: Toys, Comics, Pop Culture

Dr. Terry Kneisler, Kneis Cards
Specialty: Sports Memorabilia

Natalie Linn, Linn-Tucker Indian Baskets
Specialties: American Indian Baskets and Bags

Jason Marden, Major League History
Specialty: Sports Memorabilia

Mona Miller, Pacific Gemological Laboratory
Specialties: Gems, Jewelry, Silver

Michael Parsons, Michael Parson Fine Art
Specialties: Fine Art

Lucinda Pierpont, An Asian Affair
Specialties: Asian Antiquities

Richard Richter, Clean Sweep Estate Services, Inc.
Specialties: Military Items, Toys, General Antiques and Collectibles

Ticket sales end at 3:30pm and there is a 5 item limit per person. All items presented for evaluation must be able to be carried by hand and weapons and firearms are prohibited. Evaluations given at this event are provided as auction estimates and are not considered legally binding paid appraisals.

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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

Oregon Comic Artists Profiled in New Oregon Historical Society Exhibition; Opens Friday, August 12 - 08/09/16

PRESS KIT:
Downloadable press kit, including artist headshots and select artwork, available via http://bit.ly/2aD0vtt

MEDIA PREVIEW:
Preview tours with OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk are available all week by appointment. Text 971.409.3761 or email rachel.randles@ohs.org to schedule a tour.


Portland, OR -- With recent blockbuster smashes featuring superhero legends, the comic book industry has experienced a surge of popular support. While there are many Oregonians picking up a comic book for their first time, the comic industry in Oregon has a long and influential history. Opening August 12 at the Oregon Historical Society, Comic City, USA celebrates this history and profiles fifteen of the most iconic artists that have made the industry into the global powerhouse it is today.

"Oregon has a thriving comic industry, and while many Oregonians are familiar with names like Jack Ohman and Dark Horse Comics, fewer know about the artists and writers who laid the path back in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "Comic City, USA will give visitors a chance to meet these creative giants through an immersive exhibit experience that is sure to delight the kid in all of us."

All are invited to a public celebration on Sunday, August 14 from 12pm -- 5pm at the Oregon Historical Society. Admission to the exhibit is free, and costumed representatives from the Portland Superheroes Coalition will be on site for photo ops. Artists Anina Bennett & Paul Guinan will also be presenting a free public lecture at 2pm on the evolution of the comic industry from "geek to chic."

With over $579 million in national comic sales in 2015, the popularity of what is known as "The Ninth Art" is only expanding and gaining more recognition. The power of the comic industry in Oregon is undeniable, evidenced in the range of mediums at play and the growing popularity of Rose City Comic Con, which celebrates its fifth anniversary next month.

Comic City, USA highlights fifteen Oregon comic artists, writers, and cartoonists:

- Carl Barks - Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan
- John Callahan - Colleen Coover
- Homer Davenport - Jan Eliot
- Cat Farris - Dylan Meconis
- Jack Ohman - Bill Plympton
- Mike Richardson - Joe Sacco
- Alex Schomburg - Basil Wolverton

In addition to displays on each artist, the exhibition will offer interactive experiences, from a comic book store style living room for flipping through comics, a station where people can design and print their own comic book, and a photo booth complete with superhero inspired props.

This exhibition is designed to share an important part of Oregon history, inspire people who wish to communicate through an artistic medium, and fascinate those who already have an appreciation of this continuously evolving art form. As editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman admitted in an interview, "I really feel like I am doing the work of my career, and I enjoy each day. I started winning awards when I stopped thinking about winning awards. I started liking my work when I listened to my own voice, and not feeling so constrained by the old model. When you like your work, others will probably like it too."

The Oregon Historical Society's museum (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) is open seven days a week, Monday -- Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. Admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents thanks to the recent renewal of the Oregon Historical Society levy.


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.