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See Ladies and Gentlemen... The Beatles!, at the Oregon Historical Society for Free August 22, 54 Years after The Band's Only Portland Performance - 08/16/19

Press photos: http://bit.ly/beatlespresskit

Portland, OR – On August 22, 1965, The Beatles landed at Portland International Airport, greeted by throngs of screaming fans in the midst of “Beatlemania.” John, Paul, George, and Ringo played two shows at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum that day, an afternoon and evening concert – their only live shows ever played in Portland.

Exactly 54 years later, we are excited to celebrate this iconic day that many local fans still remember by offering free admission to the Oregon Historical Society. On view through November 12, Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles! is an original show curated by the GRAMMY Museum and Fab Four Exhibits LLC that covers the period from early 1964 through mid-1966 —the years Beatlemania ran rampant in America.

Unique to the OHS version of this worldwide touring exhibit is a case of ephemera from The Beatles’ Portland performances, including the original contract and rider between NEMS and Northwest Releasing to bring The Beatles to Portland, concert tickets, and an original press pass. The rider notably features a segregation clause, where The Beatles state their refusal to play before segregated audiences in the U.S.

One of the most prominent cases in the exhibition features Paul McCartney's military jacket from The Beatles' historic 1965 Shea Stadium concert. Each band member only had one of this style of performance jacket, and McCartney wore this very jacket when The Beatles performed at the Memorial Coliseum 54 years ago.

The Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland, and the museum’s Thursday hours are 10am to 5pm.

About Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!

In 1964, The Beatles came to America for the first of the group's three North American visits. Their journey in America began on Friday, February 7 of that year, when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr arrived from the UK at the newly named John F. Kennedy International Airport. With cameras flashing and reporters jostling, they were whisked into Manhattan amid the screams, shouts, and tears of New York-area teens, braving the cold for a mere glimpse of the band. Then, that Sunday, the veritable king of the television variety show, Ed Sullivan, introduced them to a captivated American audience of more than 73 million viewers — at the time a television record. And, just like that, Beatlemania was upon us.

Curated by the GRAMMY Museum and Fab Four ExhibitsLadies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! brings us back to the early ‘60s when rock and roll was re-energized — some say saved — by four lads from Liverpool. During this time, the band affected nearly every aspect of pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media, and, of course, music. 

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! provides fresh new insight into how and why The Beatles impacted America in the 1960s and beyond. Over 100 objects, ephemera, and interactive elements fill the gallery, some on exhibit for the first time.

Exhibition highlights include:

  • Ringo Starr's black-on-black striped suit worn in The Beatles' debut film A Hard Day's Night and Ringo's Abbey Road crosswalk jacket
  • Paul McCartney's original handwritten lyric sheet for the song, "What You're Doing" (August 1964)
  • Handwritten set lists from The Beatles' concerts, including the earliest known set list (Grosvenor Ballroom, June 1960) and the one used onstage at the group's first-ever American concert (Washington D.C., February 11, 1964) 
  • Gold records of I Want To Hold Your Hand and Rubber Soul
  • Venue contracts from the band's American tours 
  • An eye-popping display of mass-produced merchandising items
  • Kid-friendly interactive elements including a virtual drumming lesson from Ringo and a playable home-made skiffle bass 

Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles! is on exhibit through November 12, 2019. The Oregon Historical Society’s museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. Admission is $10, and discounts are available for students, seniors, teachers, and youth. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.


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.

Cover of the Summer 2018 issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly
Cover of the Summer 2018 issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly
Oregon Historical Quarterly Summer 2018 Special Issue "Oregon's Manila Galleon" Wins 2019 AASLH Award of Excellence (Photo) - 08/13/19

Publication will be honored at awards gala August 29 in Philadelphia

Portland, OR – The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the Oregon Historical Quarterly is the recipient of an American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Award of Excellence for the publication’s Summer 2018 special issue, “Oregon’s Manila Galleon.”

The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 74th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. This year, AASLH is proud to confer fifty national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, and publications. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history. OHS staff will accept the award on behalf of the Quarterly’s editorial advisory committee at a special banquet during the 2019 AASLH Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, on Friday, August 30.

For more than three centuries, Nehalem-Tillamook people have told stories of shipwreck survivors who washed ashore on or near the Nehalem Spit, established relationships with locals, and, eventually, violated social norms and either departed or were killed. Cargo wreckage accompanied the survivors, including distinctive blocks of beeswax. Until June of 2018, however, the history of Oregon’s “Beeswax Wreck” — now recognized as likely producing the first direct contact between Indigenous people of the region and people of Europe, Asia, and, potentially, Africa — was characterized by mystery. “Oregon’s Manila Galleon,” answers the questions of which ship wrecked, where it was going to and from, who was aboard, and what cargo it carried. The authors reached their conclusions through innovative, collaborative scholarship that brings together Native oral tradition, archival collections on three continents, and archaeological investigations — almost all published for the first time in OHQ.

The AASLH awards program began in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards not only honor significant achievement in the field of state and local history, but also bring public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena.

For more information about the Leadership in History Awards, visit www.aaslh.org.

 


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 the American Association for State and Local History

The American Association for State and Local History is a not-for-profit professional organization of individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote history. From its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH provides leadership, service, and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all people. AASLH publishes books, technical publications, a quarterly magazine, and maintains numerous affinity communities and committees serving a broad range of constituents across the historical community. The association also sponsors an annual meeting, regional and national training in-person workshops, and online training.

 

2016 Cake Entries
2016 Cake Entries
Oregon Historical Society's Fifth Annual "Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down" Celebrates 60th Anniversary of the Oregon State Fair's Gerry Frank Chocolate Layer Cake Contest (Photo) - 08/08/19

Portland, OR – For 60 years, the sole judge of the Oregon State Fair’s Chocolate Layer Cake Contest has been the one and only Gerry Frank—public servant, business leader, and cheerleader for all things Oregon. Back by popular demand, the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) will host its fifth annual Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down on Monday, August 12, at 12pm with Gerry as the judge.

Join us for this free public event and watch as local community leaders and media personalities present their best recipes for judgment, and join in the tasting once Gerry declares a winner! 

Celebrity contestants include:

  • April Baer, host of OPB’s State of Wonder
  • Brett Baker, president of Austin Industries & past president of the Portland Rose Festival board
  • Emily Burrs, weekend anchor for KOIN 6
  • Ryan Deckert, president of Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington
  • Lani Faith, executive director of Beaverton Arts Foundation
  • Laura Gunderson, editorial page editor for The Oregonian
  • Mark Hanken, COO of Special Olympics Oregon (assisted by daughters Claire and Lucy)
  • Lori Hardwick, fundraiser extraordinaire and 2016 cake smack-down champion (assisted by daughter, Piper)
  • Dwight Holton, CEO of Lines for Life
  • Nkenge Harmon Johnson, CEO of Urban League of Portland
  • Lori Kuechler, director of development, marketing, and communications for Bradley Angle
  • Marilyn Loy, Oregon Historical Society trustee
  • Suzanne Nance, president and CEO of All Classical Portland
  • Team OMSI: Patricia Brooke, director of institutional giving and Sam Zipp, annual fund coordinator
  • MariJo Prlain, executive director of the Reser Family Foundation
  • Cassidy Quinn, host of Tonight with Cassidy on KGW 8
  • Connie Seeley, executive vice president of OHSU
  • Lane Shetterly, Oregon Community Foundation board member and former Oregon legislator
  • Angelica Thornton, co-anchor of KATU Morning News
  • Keren Brown Wilson, president and founder of the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation

According to the Oregon State Fair website, the Gerry Frank Chocolate Layer Cake Contest is “the best-known and longest running cake contest in the country.” This year, Gerry welcomes back past winners from the past 60 years to compete in a separate special competition to defend their championship title. As the founder of Salem’s gourmet cake shop, Gerry Frank’s Konditorei, Gerry has some experience in the cake-tasting department, and offers the following tips for making a first place entry:

  1. Aesthetically pleasing design
  2. Keep it simple – pure chocolate is best
  3. Avoid dryness in the cake recipe
  4. Dark chocolate is preferred to white chocolate
  5. And, most importantly, the richer the better!

Whose baking do you think will “take the cake”? Share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #OHSCakeSmackDown and be sure to tag @OrHist in your tweets and @oregonhistoricalsociety on Instagram!

 


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.