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Oregon Historical Society Announces 2018 History Makers; Gala Celebration Set for October 7 - 02/22/18

Portland, OR -- The Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal. First awarded in 2009, the History Makers Medal is regarded as one of Oregon's most prestigious honors and is presented annually by OHS to individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon.

The 2018 Oregon History Makers Medal recipients are:

Stacy Allison: Adventurer, author, & businesswoman
On September 29, 1988, after twenty-nine days on the mountain, Stacy Allison became the first American woman to summit the 29,028-foot Mt. Everest. Stacy has also reached the top of Mt. Denali, the highest point in North America, and was part of the first successful women's ascent of Ama Dablam, the 22,495-foot peak known as Nepal's Matterhorn. The author of Beyond the Limits: A Women's Triumph on Everest and Many Mountains to Climb: Reflections on Competence, Courage and Commitment, Stacy is also a much sought-after motivational speaker. A dedicated volunteer to the American Lung Association, Habitat for Humanity, and Medical Teams International, Stacy is also owner and operator of Stacy Allison General Contracting.

Edward "Ed" Ray: Transformational higher education leader
President of Oregon State University since 2003, Edward "Ed" Ray is widely regarded as the most transformational leader in the school's 150 year history. Under his guidance, OSU has received record levels of research awards and contracts; enrolled the highest number of students in the school's history; launched a successful $1.14 billion fundraising campaign, which included nearly $189 million for scholarships and fellowships, 79 newly endowed faculty positions, and funding for key scientific and learning facilities; expanded dual-enrollment agreements to all seventeen of Oregon's community colleges, and opened and grew the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend.

Bill Stoller: Visionary business leader & philanthropist
Raised on a family farm outside of Dayton, Oregon, Bill Stoller is perhaps best known as the founder and owner of the winery that bears his name. He is the co-founder of Express Employment Professionals, currently the largest privately held staffing company in the world, with more than 800 offices in three countries, as well as the founder of Xenium, a human resources and employer services outsource company. As an ardent preservationist, Bill's drive for sustainability earned Stoller Winery the first-ever LEED Gold certification in the world.

Bob's Red Mill: Revolutionizing the food industry
Founded in 1978 by Bob and Charlee Moore, Bob's Red Mill is known worldwide as the producer of natural, certified organic and gluten-free milled grain products. Bob celebrated his 81st birthday in 2010 by transferring ownership of his company to his employees through an employee stock ownership plan. Bob and Charlee's passion for healthy foods and clean living led them to donate tens of millions of dollars to Oregon State University, Oregon Health & Science University, and the National University of Natural Medicine to fund projects and research promoting healthy diets.

"In this tenth anniversary year of the History Makers Dinner, we are pleased to honor three individuals and one iconic Oregon business that exemplify what it means to be an 'Oregon History Maker'," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk.

The Oregon History Makers Medal will be presented at a dinner at the historic Montgomery Park building in Portland on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available; for more information, please contact Alexis Borges-Silva at 503.306.5266 or alexis.silva@ohs.org.

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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's 158th birthday cake
Oregon's 158th birthday cake
Celebrate Oregon's 159th Birthday with Free Cake and a Conversation with Justice Adrienne Nelson (Photo) - 02/13/18

Portland, OR - Celebrate Oregon's birthday in style at the Oregon Historical Society! Oregon shares its birthday with Valentine's Day--what could be a better way to celebrate the holiday than by professing your love for Oregon?

The celebration begins on Wednesday, February 14 at noon in the Oregon Historical Society pavilion (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland). Join OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk for a conversation with recent Oregon Supreme Court appointee Justice Adrienne Nelson, the first African American in Oregon history to serve on the high court. While you feast on cake from Gerry Frank's Konditorei, enjoy a musical performance by the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association.

As a birthday gift for all Oregonians, admission will be free all day (10am - 5pm) to the Oregon Historical Society's museum! Don't miss the chance to explore our newest exhibitions, including Racing to Change: Oregon's Civil Rights Movement and Oregon State University: A Legacy of Transformation.


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.