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News Release
Oregon Historical Society Announces 2019 History Makers; Gala Celebration Set for October 6 - 03/15/19

Portland, OR – The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is pleased to announce the 2019 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 2019 Oregon History Makers Medal recipients are:

Andy Bryant: Tech industry visionary

Andy’s nearly 40-year career at Intel includes serving as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and his current position as Chairman of the Board. Since establishing operations in Oregon in 1974, Intel has invested more than $40 billion in the state to develop advanced high-tech manufacturing capacity. Intel’s operations in Oregon are the company’s largest concentration of facilities and talent in the world.

Gale Castillo: Path breaking business and community leader

As the co-founder and long-time president of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber (the largest Hispanic chamber in the Northwest) and the co-owner and president of Cascade Centers, Inc. (one of the country’s largest privately held companies that provide Employee Assistance Programs), Gale has earned a reputation as one of Oregon’s most eloquent and effective voices for minority business development and the economic advancement of minority communities.

Colin O’Brady: Athlete, adventurer, educator

Colin O’Brady is an adventurer and explorer who made history in December 2018 as the first person to complete an unassisted solo crossing of Antarctica. In 2016, he conquered The Explorers Grand Slam in a world record shattering 139 days. Colin summited the tallest peak on each of the seven continents including Mt. Everest and skied the last degree to the North and South Poles.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: World-renowned Oregon theater

Founded in Ashland in 1935, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival offers annual productions from March through October each year to a total annual audience of about 400,000. The Festival welcomed its millionth visitor in 1971, its ten millionth in 2001, and its twenty millionth in 2015.

“For over a decade, the Oregon Historical Society has had the pleasure of highlighting the accomplishments of the business leaders, philanthropists, artists, and cutting-edge thinkers that have shaped our communities,” said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. “Oregon would not be where it is today without the individuals and organizations that continue to innovate and push boundaries across every industry.”

The Oregon History Makers Medal will be presented at a dinner at the historic Montgomery Park building in Portland on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available; for more information, please contact Alexis Borges-Silva at 503.306.5266 or alexis.silva@ohs.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.


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