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Oregon Historical Society Presents an Evening of Silent Film at the Hollywood Theatre on Thursday, April 24 (Photo) - 04/14/14
Portland, OR - The Oregon Historical Society is excited to present an evening of silent film on Thursday April 24th at 7:00 p.m. at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland. General admission is $8, and tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance online.

This special screening celebrates recent preservation efforts, notably the restoration of the 1914 silent film The Boy Mayor. The five films that will be shown are among the thousands held within the OHS Moving Images Collection, and will features live piano accompaniment by OHS Library Director Geoff Wexler. The films featured at this event are:

* The Boy Mayor (1914): Hollywood's examination of the trials and tribulations of Portland's underage shadow government
* Sick of Life/Mephisto's Son (1900): The Devil's son becomes disillusioned with life in Hell and looks upwards for meaning and a wife; hand colored early Pathé film.
* Gold (1922): After a long journey from St. Louis, a gold hungry family must come to grips with the harsh realities of life in an Oregon prospecting camp. Poor decisions are made and children are put at risk but, in the end, the love of one's family perseveres.
* Calumet Baking Powder Advertisement (date unknown): Advertisement for a better baking product as told through an appreciation of the five senses.
* [Raymond Roger's Home Movies] (ca. 1935-1950): 35mm footage of Portland, including 23rd Avenue streetcar, Ringling Brother Circus, Blue Mouse Theater, Vanport Flood, and more; beautiful black and white footage of Portland circa WWII

Also on the program will be Act 1 of The Scourge of Positivism, a musical slide-show-drama presented by the Portland art collective Zenith Tea House, using images and text from the collections of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

The Boy Mayor and [Raymond Roger Home Movies] were preserved in 2013 by Film Technology (Los Angeles, CA) from a 2012 National Film Preservation Foundation grant. Many thanks to Michele Kribs for her work on this project. The Boy Mayor will also be screened in Salem at the Historic Elsinore Theatre on April 30 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance online through Tickets West.


About The Boy Mayor

Directed by Henry McRae, The Boy Mayor dramatizes a unique interlude in Oregon's history. In an effort to provide guidance to boys in danger of delinquency, progressive Portlanders established the Newsboys' Home and Clubhouse at SW First and Hall Streets. To raise funds for the home, the organization's leaders began the "Boy Mayor" contest in May of 1912, coinciding with the Rose Festival and modeled on a similar campaign from the previous year.

In July 1914, Eugene J. Rich was chosen as Portland's Boy Mayor. He ran on a platform of public ownership of utilities and better playgrounds, and he took office with four junior commissioners, a junior district attorney, and a boy auditor. Later that year, the Universal Film Manufacturing Company brought Rich to Hollywood, along with Earl R. Goodwin, a Lincoln High School football star, who played Rich's secretary in the film.

The Boy Mayor premiered in Portland at the Star Theatre at SW Washington and Park in December of 1914.

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.
Nearly 50 Oregon Students to Compete in State Level Competition for National History Day - 04/11/14
Portland, OR - After months of intensive research, students from schools throughout Oregon will present their projects at the annual Oregon History Day competition on Saturday, April 12 from 8 AM - 3 PM at Concordia University. The event is open to the public, and media are welcome to attend; please contact Rachel Randles (rachel.randles@ohs.org, 503.306.5221) if you are planning to cover the event.

This year, 48 students from Jefferson, Umatilla, and Washington counties have entered websites, exhibits, papers, and documentaries into the Oregon History Day competition. Thanks to generous grant funding from the Weston Foundation, the Oregon History Day winners will receive free airfare to the National History Day competition, taking place June 15-19 at the University of Maryland College Park campus in Washington, D.C.

Two years ago, the Oregon Historical Society reintroduced the National History Day program to our state, and has seen the competition grow year over year. Last year, OHS Education Manager Denise Brock chaperoned thirteen finalists to the national competition, and two Oregon students won awards for "outstanding entries." Finalist Olivia Winter from Timber, Oregon, wrote a paper titled "Perkin's Mauve: A Turning Point in Western Textile History and Culture," and her brother, Dominick, submitted a website to the competition titled "From Quill Pens to Metal Type: Gutenberg's Press." The website can be seen at http://35410023.nhd.weebly.com/.

Each fall, OHS kicks off the Oregon History Day program alongside over half a million students across the country. Brock works closely with educators throughout the state, and students use the OHS Research Library and digital assets like the Oregon History Project to conduct research on the annual theme. The 2014 National History Day is "Rights and Responsibilities," and students can present their final project in the form of a paper, website, exhibit, performance, or documentary.

Over 300 historians and education professionals evaluate the finalists' work at the national competition in June. 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.


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.
Photography of Lincoln Challenge Interactive Game in exhibit hall
Photography of Lincoln Challenge Interactive Game in exhibit hall
Oregon History Museum Opens New "Lincoln's Legacy" Exhibition (Photo) - 04/07/14
Rare Documents and Artifacts Pay Tribute to America's 16th President
Opens Saturday, April 12

Portland, OR - Following on the heels of its successful "Windows on America" exhibit, which featured some of the nation's most treasured historical artifacts and manuscripts, the Oregon History Museum will open on Saturday, April 12 an original exhibit highlighting the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Entitled, "2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy," the exhibition focuses on the time period between January 1, 1863, when Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, and January 31, 1865, when Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution banning slavery.

"Seven score and nine years have passed since Abraham Lincoln's death," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk, "but his remarkable life and legacy continue to fascinate Americans. This incredible exhibit offers a unique opportunity to better understand one of America's greatest leaders and what was certainly the most challenging time in our nation's history."

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 will 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 will allow visitors to test their knowledge of America's 16th President and the Civil War.

To kick off the exhibit on Saturday, distinguished actor and Lincoln portrayer Steve Holgate will give his "Town Hall" program on Saturday, April 12 at 11 AM and 2 PM. With a striking resemblance to Lincoln, Holgate captivates his audiences through this exciting living history performance.

MEDIA NOTE
Media are welcome to preview and tour the exhibit April 8-10. Please contact Rachel Randles at 503.306.5221 or rachel.randles@ohs.org to schedule a time for a tour. Media are also welcome to attend the exhibit opening reception for OHS members on Friday, April 11, at 5:30 PM - please RSVP to Rachel Randles if you are planning to attend.

AVAILABLE PRESS PHOTOS & CREDITS

1)Emancipation Proclamation | Original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, January 1, 1863. Credit Shapell Manuscript Collection

2)Photograph of Gen. Robert E. Lee, 1864 | This rare image of Lee is one of only eight known photographs featuring him in full military uniform. The photographer, Julian Vannerson, served in the Virginia Infantry's 24th Battalion and was well regarded for his photographs of Confederate leaders. Credit Mark Family Collection

3)Thirteenth Amendment | On January 31, 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in the United States. This official House of Representatives copy of the Amendment from December 18, 1865, on vellum, was signed by Speaker Schuyler Colfax, Clerk Edward McPherson, thirty-four senators, and ninety representatives. Credit Mark Family Collection

4)Damask from Lincoln's chair at Ford's Theatre, 1865 | Credit Mark Family Collection

5)Snare drum played at Lincoln's funeral, 1865 | William Henry Brooks, a Union soldier and future Portland resident, played this drum as part of the consolidated drum corps during President Lincoln's funeral procession from Springfield to the Oak Ridge Cemetery in May 1865. Credit Oregon Historical Society.

6)Lincoln Challenge Interactive Game

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.
DATE CORRECTION (June 21 Award Ceremony) - Book Cover Design Contest for Students Announced with $150 Grand Prize - 04/01/14
Portland, OR - Calling all aspiring artists, graphic designers, and history aficionados! While we are taught to never judge a book by its cover, a striking design can make all of the difference between picking up your next favorite read, or passing it over while browsing countless shelves at the bookstore. And while made-up stories are no good for history tests, imagining the past through historical fiction can be enriching for readers and writers. Think you have what it takes to design an award-winning book of Oregon historical fiction? Enter the Oregon Historical Society, The Oregon Encyclopedia, & Ooligan Press Book Cover Design Contest!

The contest is open to all Oregon and SW Washington middle and high school students. To enter, students must send a high-resolution PDF of their book cover to bookcover@ohs.org. A book title and "blurb" of 75 words or fewer must accompany the design, and should describe the imagined story and its link to Oregon history. Students must include their name, contact information, school, and grade level in their email submission. Submission deadline is May 31, 2014 at midnight. The grand prize winner will receive $150, second place will receive $100, and third place will receive $50. Additional contest details can be found at http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/content/design_contest/.

Contest winners will be announced at the Oregon Historical Society's Summer Community Day on Saturday, June 21. Community Day is a quarterly free day that features programs and activities for the whole family. In addition to the contest announcement, join local historical fiction authors Ruth Tenzer Feldman and Lois Leveen for a conversation on their popular historical fiction novels. Feldman is the author of the Ooligan Press published novel Blue Thread and its companion novel The Ninth Day. Leveen is the author of The Secrets of Mary Bowser, which is based on the true story of one daring woman willing to sacrifice her own freedom to change the course of history.

Additional Contest Rules:
One submission per applicant; digital applications only accepted. A selection of covers will be featured on the Oregon Encyclopedia website during 2014; contest submission indicates permission to post the cover. Applications will be judged by a panel of OHS staff and publishing industry professionals. Submissions deemed inappropriate by the review panel will not be considered.

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 The Oregon Encyclopedia
The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE) is an online resource for information on the state's significant people, places, events, institutions, and biota. Overseen by a distinguished board of Oregon historians and educators, the hundreds of contributors to the encyclopedia are among the most knowledgeable scholars in the state. The OE is part of the Oregon Historical Society's Digital History Projects, and is supported by Portland State University and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English.

About Ooligan Press
Ooligan Press is a general trade publisher rooted in the rich literary tradition of the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 2001, Ooligan is a teaching press dedicated to the art and craft of publishing. Affiliated with Portland State University, the press is staffed by students pursuing master's degrees in an apprenticeship program under the guidance of a core faculty of publishing professionals.