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Local attractions offer reciprocal admission to members in 2015 (Photo) - 12/17/14
Portland, OR - As a special gift this holiday season, local attractions are collaborating to offer expanded benefits to members. Members of the Historic Deepwood Estate, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Zoo, Portland Children's Museum, Portland Japanese Garden, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Washington County Museum, and World Forestry Center can use their membership cards to access free admission to a different attraction each month in 2015 for up to four people, regardless of their level of membership.

Organized by the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance, this promotion was created as a way to show appreciation for all of our loyal members, as well as to highlight the important work that local attractions do in our community.

Join one of these organizations for special access to nine local attractions:

January: Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
japanesegarden.com

February: World Forestry Center
4033 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
worldforestry.org

March: Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
ohs.org

April: Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 NW Everett Street
Portland, OR 97209
lansugarden.org

May & June

Washington County Museum
120 E Main Street
Hillsboro, OR 97124
washingtoncountymuseum.org

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals
26385 NW Groveland Drive
Hillsboro, OR 97124
ricenorthwestmuseum.org

September: Portland Children's Museum*
4015 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
portlandcm.org
*Note: All visits to Portland Children's Museum must include a child. Adults may not visit the Museum by themselves.

November: Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
oregonzoo.org

December: Historic Deepwood Estate
1116 Mission Street SE
Salem, OR 97302
historicdeepwoodestate.org



About the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance
The Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance is a professional organization consisting of marketing representatives from all major attractions in Greater Portland. The group meets on a quarterly basis, and explores partnership opportunities, ideas for cross-promotion, and collaboration with Travel Portland.
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Oregon Historical Society Hires Helen B Louise as Museum Director (Photo) - 12/15/14
Portland, OR - The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) announced today that Helen B Louise has been selected for the position of Museum Director. Louise is currently serving as the Museum Director of the Wyoming State Museum, where she has been since August of 2011. She previously spent four years as the Museum Director of the South Dakota State Historical Society. Louise will assume her new responsibilities at OHS on February 23, 2015.

A Pacific Northwest native, Louise earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington and a MA in Museum Studies from the State University of New York-Oneonta. As Museum Director of the Wyoming State Museum, Louise has led a redesign and modernization of the entire museum, and has been credited with bringing the institution into the 21st century.

Louise will work closely with OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk in determining the museum's exhibition schedule. "I am delighted that Helen has agreed to bring her tremendous enthusiasm, experience, and record of success to the Oregon Historical Society," said Tymchuk. "The museum and collections of OHS are priceless assets, and they will be in very capable hands."

"I look forward to working with an organization that is so well respected by the staff, the board, and the community," said Louise. "Being a part of the Oregon Historical Society and its talented, enthusiastic, and highly professional staff will be a real pleasure."


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, educational programs, and digital content at www.ohs.org.
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Free Community Day Saturday at the Oregon Historical Society Features Local FisherPoets (Photo) - 12/08/14
Portland, OR - The Oregon Folklife Network and the Oregon Historical Society are pleased to present a free Community Day with some of Oregon's FisherPoets, many of whom are best known for their winter gathering in Astoria each February.

Commercial fishermen, which include men and women, have long composed songs and written verse and prose about the drama, dangers, and funny sides of their work. Celebrate this legacy at a day full of activities sponsored by Portland General Electric.

* 11 a.m. - Special writing workshop with FisherPoet Jon Broderick (open to all ages; space is limited).

* 1-3 p.m. - Performances by some of our state's finest FisherPoets including Cary Jones, Moe Bowstern, Jon Broderick, and Jay Speakman.

* 11 a.m.-3 p.m. - Hands-on activities for the whole family including knot tying lessons.

Also opening Saturday at the Oregon Historical Society is Powering Oregon: 125 Years of PGE. On June 3, 1889, Portland General Electric (PGE) made history when it produced the nation's first long-distance transmission of electricity. From that initial transmission, PGE grew into the largest utility company in Oregon, with more than 843,000 customers in a 4,000 square-mile service area. PGE culminates this 125th milestone with an original exhibit that tells the story of how the company brought power to our homes, our cities, and our state.

Community Day takes place on Saturday, December 13 at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) with activities from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is free all day (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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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, educational programs, and digital content at www.ohs.org.

About the Oregon Folklife Network
The OFN, Oregon's official Folk and Traditional Arts Program, represents a network of statewide culture and heritage partners that operate on state, regional, county, and community levels to document, support, preserve, and celebrate Oregon's traditional art forms and cultural practices. The OFN conducts folklife fieldwork and collaborates with communities and organizations to sponsor activities that increase public awareness of the significance of Oregon's living cultural heritage. For information about OFN programs and resources for traditional artists and communities, please visit http://ofn.uoregon.edu.
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Skip the Black Friday lines with the Oregon Historical Society's "Historic Gift Guide" (Photo) - 11/26/14
Portland, OR - Black Friday crowds? No, thank you! Skip the long lines and shop stress free this holiday season with ideas from the Oregon Historical Society's "Historic Gift Guide!"

1)Pick up a signed book from a local author at Holiday Cheer!

Shop local and support over 80 Oregon authors at our 47th annual Holiday Cheer event on Sunday, December 7, from Noon-4 PM at the Oregon Historical Society. Enjoy cocoa & carols while you find the perfect personalized gift-- plus, admission is free to both the event and the museum! View a list of participating authors online at http://ohs.org/shop/holiday-cheer.cfm

2)Give the gift of history with an OHS membership!

Memberships to the Oregon Historical Society give an inside look at Oregon history. Through December, take $10 off individual and family/grandparent gift memberships. Purchase online with promo code "GIFT" at https://orhs.ejoinme.org/giftmembership

3)Stuff your stockings at the OHS Museum Store!

Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list at the Museum Store! Quirky felt covered soaps, locally made ornaments, and bright print scarves are wonderful stocking stuffers. For that special someone, hide a gemstone necklace in an Oregon Myrtlewood box--doubles as gift wrap & a jewelry box! Plus, through December save 20% on any full priced item by printing the coupon on our website (http://ohs.org/shop/museum-store.cfm)

4)Give five incredible nights of history with tickets to our 2015 Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians Forum!

For your favorite history buff, purchase a pair of tickets to our annual historians forum, featuring award-winning authors Amity Shlaes, Todd Purdum, Richard Norton Smith, and Rick Atkinson. Series tickets include admission to a bonus living history event with the nation's leading Teddy Roosevelt reprisor! Purchase tickets online at http://ohs.org/education/hatfield-historians-forum/

5)Historic photos make great gifts!

With over 5 million photographs in our collection, you will be sure to find the perfect print for the home or office. Take 25% off your purchase of any photograph between December 1-31, 2014 with the coupon code "Holiday2014." Be sure to mention the coupon code or present the coupon for phone or email orders. To ensure Christmas delivery, orders must be submitted by December 9, 2014. Browse 1,600 digitized photos on our website at http://shop.ohs.org/

6)OHS Members: Save 10% at local gift shops!

During the month of December, show your OHS membership card and save 10% on your purchase in the gift shops at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Oregon Zoo, Pittock Mansion, Portland Japanese Garden, Rice Museum, Washington County Museum, and World Forestry Center! The Oregon Historical Society's Museum Store will also honor a 10% discount for members of the above organizations (excluding during our Holiday Cheer event on December

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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, educational programs, and digital content.
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Meet over 85 local authors at the Oregon Historical Society's annual Holiday Cheer book sale & literary celebration (Photo) - 11/19/14
Portland, OR - Skip the Black Friday crowds and join the Oregon Historical Society on Sunday, December 7 for a festive book sale & literary celebration! Chat with 85 local authors and make a dent in your holiday shopping by picking up the perfect personalized gift. Holiday Cheer begins at Noon at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Downtown Portland) and authors will be signing until 4 PM. Admission is free.

In its 47th year, Holiday Cheer is a chance to celebrate the rich literary talents in Oregon, and marks the start to the holiday season at the Oregon Historical Society. Authors are spread throughout the museum, selling everything from cookbooks to children's books, and of course, history books. All featured authors have published a book in 2014, though many will also have past titles available.

Notable local authors in attendance include mystery writer Phillip Margolin, comical children's author Bart King, historical fiction writer Jane Kirkpatrick, Portland food author Liz Crain, debut fiction writer David Shafer, and the one and only Gerry Frank. A full list of featured authors can be found at on our website at http://ohs.org/shop/holiday-cheer.cfm.

To add to the holiday cheer, local favorite "The Dickens Carolers" will be strolling through the museum performing lively holiday songs from 1 - 2 PM. Sip on a cup of hot cocoa and pick up a cookie as you chat with some of Oregon's best and brightest writers!

Admission to Holiday Cheer is free, and all museum exhibits will be open from Noon - 5 PM. Currently on display is Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape, an original exhibition featuring the stirring photographs of ten local artists, complimented by artifacts from the Oregon Historical Society collections. Visit WWW.OHS.ORG for a full list of current exhibits.

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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, educational programs, and digital content.