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Vanport Floating Housing, courtesy Thomas Robinson
Vanport Floating Housing, courtesy Thomas Robinson
Oregon Black Pioneers debut third exhibition in Portland; explores how WWII shipyards, Vanport flood, and urban renewal programs impacted Black families & businesses in 1940s & 50s (Photo) - 01/20/15
Portland, OR - The Oregon Black Pioneers have partnered with the Oregon Historical Society to present A Community on the Move, a new exhibition opening Saturday, February 1 at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland (1200 SW Park Avenue, 97205).

This groundbreaking exhibition explains how the WWII shipyards, migration from the South, the Vanport flood, and urban renewal projects impacted Portland's black families and businesses. Interactive displays, associated public programs, and educational tours have been designed to engage visitors of all ages and backgrounds and reveal the courage and persistence of black families who lived during this tumultuous era.

Designed in partnership with Alchemy of Design, this original exhibition draws on personal photographs, historic artifacts, and hands on experiences to illuminate Portland's vibrant black community, which thrived despite a larger cultural and legal context of discrimination and displacement. As present-day gentrification in Portland impacts historically black neighborhoods, the importance of acknowledging and understanding this little-known history is critical to our collective future. With this in mind, A Community on the Move has been designed so that visitors can connect and compare past conditions to our modern realities.

Throughout the exhibition's run, community members will be invited to participate in special conversations with leaders and elders from Portland's African American community. These community conversations will take place throughout Portland, and a full list of these programs as well as other associated events can be found at www.oregonblackpioneers.org and www.ohs.org.

A Community on the Move will be on display from February 1 through June 28, 2015. Oregon Historical Society museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. Admission is free every day to residents of Multnomah County and members of the Oregon Historical Society.

This exhibition made possible by the generous support of numerous local grantors, sponsors, and friends.
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Oregon Historical Society Presents a "Pictorial History of Oregon," a Glass Lantern Slideshow (Photo) - 01/15/15
Portland, OR - To celebrate the start of Oregon's birthday weekend the Oregon Historical Society, in conjunction with the Clatsop County Historical Society and the Liberty Theater, is pleased to present a pictorial history of the great state of Oregon - from James Cook's early coastal forays in 1778 to the construction of the St. Johns Bridge in Portland in 1931.

This slideshow presentation will take place on Friday, February 13 at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Theater in Astoria (1203 Commercial Street). Admission is free.

Comprised of approximately 100 glass lantern slides, this show was originally put together as a public educational program by the Colonial Dames of America in approximately 1935. With the assistance of Doug Kenck-Crispin (Kick Ass Oregon History) on the microphone, we will project the images using a Victor Stereopticon projector (circa 1915) and use the original notes to narrate the slides.

This program was most recently put on at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art in July 2014 but prior to that it has likely been shelved for the past 60 years. Press images available upon request.



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.
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Oregon Historical Society Receives Famed Portland Painting (Photo) - 01/12/15
Portland, OR - From 1995-2014, customers dining at the Portland Hilton Hotel's Bistro 921 sat in the company of 54 iconic Portland personalities in the form of an 8 ?1/2 foot by 4 ?1/2 foot watercolor mural. In the wake of a re-design of the restaurant, the Hilton has donated the painting to the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland), where it is currently on display in the museum's North Wing Gallery.

Originally commissioned by Serge D'Rovencourt, former General Manager of the Portland Hilton, the painting was the work of the late Bill Papas, who first gained fame as the political cartoonist for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and Punch Magazine in London. Featuring the likenesses of individuals including Mark and Antoinette Hatfield, Phil Knight, Gert Boyle, Gerry Frank, Arlene Schnitzer, and Vera Katz, the painting was a favorite of Portlanders who loved to guess how many of these notable Portlanders they could identify.

"We are delighted that the Hilton has chosen to donate this one-of-a-kind painting to the Oregon Historical Society," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "The painting is a unique representation of the personalities who were and are some of the biggest 'movers and shakers' in Portland's history. Special thanks to former Hilton General Manager Serge D'Rovencourt and current General Manager Tracy Marks for ensuring that this historic painting would continue to be seen and enjoyed by the public."

Museum hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents, and general admission is $11. Visit ohs.org for more information on hours and admission.



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.
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Hatfield Documentary to air on Oregon Public Broadcasting on January 19, 2015 (Photo) - 01/06/15
Portland, OR - A feature-length documentary film highlighting the life and legacy of the late Governor and United States Senator Mark O. Hatfield will be aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) on Monday, January 19, 2015 from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The film, The Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon's Mark Hatfield, uses extensive interviews with former staff and Senate colleagues of Hatfield to tell the story of his public service career. The Oregon Historical Society was proud to donate footage from its extensive archives to assist in the making of the film.

"Senator Mark Hatfield's legacy as a compassionate leader is considered one of Oregon's greatest gifts to this country and the world," said Rick Dancer, an executive producer of the project and long-time TV journalist from Eugene. "The story of Mark Hatfield is about his approach to leadership, the lives he influenced, and his involvement in iconic moments in history. There are important lessons here for today's leaders and the citizens who elect them. I am thrilled that OPB has chosen to broadcast the film, thereby sharing the Senator's life and legacy with as large an audience as possible."

The film was produced by The Hatfield Project, a 501(c)(3) organization created to chronicle Senator Hatfield's career and legacy. The film has previously been shown at special events at Portland State University, Willamette University, and the Oregon Historical Society. The Hatfield Project also anticipates donating copies of the film to schools and public libraries in Oregon. The film's executive producers are Rick Dancer, Kevin Curry, and Devon Lyon.



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.
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