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42 Oregon Students Qualify for National History Day(R) Competition to be Held near Washington, D.C. (Photo) - 05/05/16
Portland, OR -- Forty-two students from across Oregon have qualified to advance to the National History Day(R) competition after successfully submitting their work at Oregon History Day this past Saturday, April 23. The students who qualified to advance in the competition received first or second place in their category.

Each year, one project is awarded Best Entry at Oregon History Day, and all members of the project group receive round-trip air fare to Washington, D.C. for the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day(R) Contest, which will take place at the University of Maryland at College Park campus June 12-16, 2016. This award is made possible through generous grant funding from Joseph E. Weston Foundation, Marie Lamfrom Charitable Trust, the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, and the H.W. and D.C.H. Irwin Foundation

This year, Jake Sprenger from Helix High School received top honors for his documentary "The Common Touch: Woody Guthrie's Encounter with The Bonneville Power Administration." Learn more about this little known piece of Oregon history on The Oregon Encyclopedia website.

Each fall, OHS kicks off the Oregon History Day program alongside over half a million students across the country. OHS Curator of Education Kristen Pilgrim works closely with educators throughout the state, and students use the OHS Research Library and digital assets like the Oregon History Project and Oregon Encyclopedia to conduct research on the annual theme. The 2016 National History Day(R) theme is "Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History," and students can present their final project in the form of a paper, website, exhibit, performance, or documentary, and can work individually or as a group.
At the national competition, scholarships will be awarded to select students, and approximately 100 students will take home cash prizes between $250 and $5,000 for superior work in a particular category of judging. For more information on National History Day(R), visit www.nhd.org.

A full list of winners at the 2016 Oregon History Day contest includes:

Junior Level

Lauren Meyer (Exhibit) Los Alamos: The Town that Never Was - St. Mary's School, Medford

Katrina Carrier (Exhibit) The Rise and Fall of Rajneeshpuram - Oak Hill School, Eugene

Claire Brimhall, Diem Han Nguyen, Ritika Saripalli, Abigail Schipper (Exhibit) The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations - Stoller Middle School, Portland

Felix Tse, Geoffrey Gu (Exhibit) Marshall Nirenberg: Deciphering the Genetic Code - Stoller Middle School, Portland

Anwesha Mukherjee (Documentary) Diego Velazquez: The Encounters of Art and Diplomacy in Spanish Politics - Oak Hill School, Eugene

Lily Fitzharris, Mark Fitzharris (Documentary) Taiping Rebellion - St. Mary's School, Medford

Finley Cox, Chase Sullivan (Documentary) Jane Goodall - Stoller Middle School, Portland

Thomas Chen (Website) The Opium Wars - Oak Hill School, Eugene

Jared Charbonneau (Website) Jeanette Rankin: A Pioneer for Peace and Equality - Stoller Middle School, Portland

Rachel Cheon, Sofia Lee, Nikhita Mathur, Lani Waggoner, Angela Xie (Website) Exploring Disease: Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine - Stoller Middle School, Portland

Sreetej Kalapatapu, Sachin Pillai, Abhigya Sodani, William Xu (Website) Discovery of the Atomic Theory - Stoller Middle School, Portland

Shamamah Khan (Paper) Exploring the Western Seas: The Cultural Exchange and Foreign Encounters of the Ming Treasure Fleet - Stoller Middle School, Portland

Abe Luedtke (Paper) Electronic Music: Technology and Musical Innovation - Oak Hill School, Eugene

Senior Level

Thyreicia Simtustus (Exhibit) Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network - Madras High School

Samantha Kasitz (Exhibit) Space - Oak Hill School, Eugene

Sai Hitesh Vavilapalli, Dawin Ye (Exhibit) Dmitri Mendeleev: The First Explorer of the Elements - Westview High School, Portland

Jake Sprenger (Documentary) The Common Touch: Woody Guthrie's Encounter with The Bonneville Power Administration - Helix High School

Mecaila Espey (Documentary) Wings Clipped, Liberation Extended - Helix High School

Caiden Marks, Bethany Newtson (Documentary) The Historic Columbia River Highway: An Engineering Marvel Opens Exploration through the Columbia River Gorge - Helix High School

Ashton Marks, Macey Tullis (Documentary) Primate Pioneers: Ham & Enos Exploring the Heavens - Helix High School

Thanh (Emi) Tran (Website) The Manhattan Project: The Making of the Atomic Bomb - St. Mary's School, Medford

Len Nguyen, Jessica Yang (Website) Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in the California Gold Rush - Independent Entry

Ilsa Frazer, Sabrina Juarez Honorato (Website) Eva Peron's Encounter with the Feminist Movement - Oak Hill School, Eugene

Theresa D'Silva (Paper)Catherine of Siena and Gregory XI: The Journey of the Papacy from Avignon to Rome - Independent Entry


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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Teddy Roosevelt Historical Tribute to Visit Troutdale on May 13 (Photo) - 05/03/16
Troutdale -- Teddy Roosevelt's Oregon Roadshow, a live performance by historical recreator Joe Wiegand, will visit Troutdale for a special tour of the Troutdale Historical Society at 3pm on Friday, May 13, 2016 as part of a week-long tour of schools and museums sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society and Wells Fargo.

The 26th President will be taking a behind the scenes tour of the Society's King of Roads: Byway of the People exhibition, on view in the Barn Exhibit Hall (732 E Historic Columbia River Highway).

Due to space limitations, this is an invitation-only tour. Media are welcome to attend; please contact THS President Emeritus Len Otto at len@honoryourpast.com or 503.661.2164 if you are planning to attend the event.

For the past four years, Wiegand has entertained and educated people of all ages as he traversed more than 5,000 miles across Oregon. This year, in his fifth annual visit to Oregon, he will travel to Ontario, Eugene, Hood River, Portland, and more. Visit www.ohs.org/events to view the complete schedule.

"I have personally seen 'Teddy' perform over 75 times, yet each time I am blown away by his energy and how he truly embodies our 26th President," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "OHS is thrilled to again partner with Wells Fargo to bring this educational experience to schools and historical organizations throughout the region."

Wiegand has been bringing T.R. to life for years with his unparalleled grasp of history and uncanny resemblance to the famed Rough Rider. His depth of knowledge about the personal anecdotes in Roosevelt's life make his audiences feel they are truly in the presence of the former U.S. president and adventurer.

"Wells Fargo is celebrating its 164th anniversary this year. We've never lost sight of our history and the role Wells Fargo played in our country's development of the West," said Tracy Curtis, Wells Fargo's Oregon regional president. "We're grateful to the Oregon Historical Society for organizing this unique educational experience. Children and adults alike will delight in seeing our former President come to life."

An author, naturalist, explorer, soldier, conservationist, and president, Roosevelt's history is larger than life. His fascinating career boasted many accomplishments, including the creation of Crater Lake National Park in 1902.

"So many of T.R.'s contemporaries testify to the way he entertained audiences with inspirational and humorous stories from his youth, his ranching days, Cuba, and the presidency," Wiegand said. "I really enjoy sharing T.R.'s funny stories of life in the White House with six kids and telling anecdotes from his many adventures, from bear hunts to the Panama Canal, from Africa to the Amazon."



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.

About Wells Fargo

Founded in 1852 by Henry Wells and William Fargo, Wells Fargo operates eleven free history museums around the nation, including Portland. The museums provide free tours and programs. For more information about the Portland museum or to schedule a group tour there, call Steve Greenwood at (503) 886-1102. More information about Wells Fargo's history is also posted on www.wellsfargohistory.com.
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Surplus Sale of Vintage Books & Photographs next Saturday, May 7 at the Oregon Historical Society (Photo) - 04/28/16
Portland, OR -- It's spring cleaning in the Oregon Historical Society Research Library! Next Saturday, May 7, from 10am to 4pm, all are welcome to this epic biannual shopping experience in the OHS Pavilion (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). Admission to the sale and to the museum is free all day.

The books for sale will include thousands of titles, many relating to Oregon and the American West, most priced between $1 and $5! There will also be some rare and hard to find editions available for higher prices, some dating back to the early nineteenth century!

The sale will also include duplicate photographic prints copied from the Society's vast holdings, including images of Portland and other locales in the Pacific Northwest. The OHS Museum Store will also be selling a wide selection of surplus books!

Plus, Oregon Historical Society members get special early access to the sale from 9am -- 10am. Want early access to the sale of the season? Join the Oregon Historical Society today -- special discounts are available for teachers, students, seniors, and Multnomah County residents! Details can be found online at www.ohs.org/join.

For questions about the sale, please leave a voicemail for the Research Library staff at 503.306.5240, or email libreference@OHS.org.

Please note: All of the books for sale from the OHS Research Library duplicate existing OHS holdings or are outside the OHS collecting scope. Nothing from the Society's permanent collections is being sold. For more information on the OHS Library collection, visit http://ohs.org/research-and-library/our-collections.

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.