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In This Issue: Arte en la Charreria Arte en la Charreria, an exhibition of the Mexican equestrian culture, OPENS JULY


Day of Culture Celebrate the 3rd annual Day of Culture at OHS on OCTOBER 8. Pacific Wonderland plates Pacific Wonderland plates are selling fast – get yours today! 2010 History Makers Announcing the 2010 History Makers


Our Mission The Oregon Historical Society’s mission is preserving and interpreting Oregon’s past in thoughtful, illuminating, and provocative ways. Dear Friends and Members:


Here are some quick updates for you on important happenings.

Museum Store 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday Noon – 5 p.m. Sunday

Public Funding—At the request of the Mayor and Governor, we explored some state funding options with legislative leadership but quickly determined that the state’s funding crisis and the impending change of administration preclude help to the extent we need it. At present, the state appropriation equals 8 cents per capita in support of the state’s history museum. Washington, by comparison, provides 48 cents per capita. We are evaluating the prospects for county-wide support for OHS, coupled with making the library and museum free to residents of the county.

Research Library 1 p.m. – 5 a.m.  Thursday, Friday, Saturday

License Plate Sales—Between March 1 and the end of May, Oregonians purchased more than 4,000 Pacific Wonderland plates, making it the second best-selling plate after Crater Lake. Both OHS and the Oregon State Capitol Foundation share equally in the proceeds.

Museum 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday Noon – 5 p.m. Sunday

School Field Trips—Thanks to a highly effective marketing effort devised by some of our docents, we are experiencing a sharp increase in visits by school groups. We have been fully booked between 10 AM and 2 PM for the last few months. Hats off to our great volunteers! Transitions—John Herman stepped down as president and member of the Board in April, after a decade of superb service, which the Board recognized at his last meeting. He continues to help us with development efforts. Jerry Hudson, former president of Willamette University and current trustee of the Collins Foundation, is our new board president. Together, Jerry and I are making the rounds of the political leadership to find the right solutions to our continuing public funding issues. 1200 SW Park Avenue Portland, OR 97205

Annual Fund—I give a big salute to those of you who have contributed to the current annual fund appeal. We have experienced a wonderful response from our members.

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Pacific Wonderland Sales Update·· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·········· Pacific Wonderland license plate sales are well underway, with an estimated 2,600 plates sold in the first month alone. The first-month sales on the Pacific Wonderland plate are second only to Crater Lake, making these one of the fastest selling of all Oregon specialty plates. With only 40,000 plates

available, they are proving to be a hot commodity and are selling quickly! In April, OHS hosted a booth at the 2010 Portland Roadster Show to help promote these new plates, which benefit both the Oregon Historical Society and the Oregon State Capitol Foundation. OHS volunteers talked with some of Portland’s biggest car enthusiasts over the weekend and answered questions about these limited edition plates. We were pleased to see a couple of the featured cars were already sporting a new set of Pacific Wonderland plates!

Pacific Wonderland plates can be purchased for a one time surcharge of $100, plus normal plate processing fees, at your local DMV. These are unique, not only because are you helping two great organizations, but the $100 plate fee is a one time charge and does not have to be paid again when you reregister. Plates are selling fast, so do not miss your chance to own a piece of Oregon history!


School Tours Update·· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·········· More students than ever before are coming to the Oregon History Museum to learn about history first hand. A committed group of 25 volunteer docents gave tours for 2,635 students during the first four months of 2010, nearly twice as many as the same period in 2009. Our Education team now offers special programming, allowing school groups numbering up to 90 to be served over a two hour period. Half the group

has a guided experience in the exhibit, Oregon My Oregon, while the other half listens to the story, Apples to Oregon, read from diaries written by pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail. At the end of an hour, the two groups switch places, making for a well-rounded experience. We are excited to be hosting so many schoolchildren, and are looking forward to the next school year!

New Acquisition in the OHS Research Library The Research Library has recently acquired a large and unusual panoramic photograph of Portland, dating from around 1905. A gift of Rosalie Clarke of The Dalles, the picture measures over six feet in length and provides a detailed view of the booming city around the time of the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. The photograph was probably made using a "Cirkut" camera, which took a continuous image on single long

negative — an emerging technology at the time. This new acquisition augments the Library's outstanding collection of panoramas and bird's eye views dating from the mid 19th century to the present. The Library also holds a substantial number of aerial views of locations throughout Oregon. All these resources help trace the rapid evolution and transformation of both the built and natural environments in which we live.


Share your love of Oregon history by giving OHQ to a friend. Lovers of history know the importance of scholarly journals like the Oregon Historical Quarterly. Filled with historic photos, book reviews, and enticing articles, each issue of the Quarterly presents new historical perspectives to its readers. Published four times a year, the Quarterly is an important part of membership to the Oregon Historical Society.

Now, OHS members have a chance to share their love of the Oregon Historical Quarterly with friends or family, by giving a subscription for just $30 (regularly $44). This offer is a wonderful way to support the Quarterly's hard work while sharing the journal with new readers. To order, visit our website at

Day of Culture····················································································· October 8 is Oregon’s official statewide Day of Culture. The Oregon Cultural Trust organized this event for the first time three years ago as a way to recognize the importance of culture statewide. October is National Humanities Month, and October 8 is the date that the Ore­ gon Cultural Trust created our unique tax credit on cultural gifts. This year, organizations throughout Oregon will provide unique programming

and events throughout the week culminating on the Day of Culture. Last year, more than 200 organizations participated by organizing 400 events. Events included dance performances, special exhibits, community gatherings, musical concerts, and free admission. As a participant in this year’s Day of Culture, the Oregon Historical Society will be offering free admission as well as special programming on Friday, October 8. Stay tuned to for more information on Day of Culture events.


Help Bring History to Portland We need your help to bring two incredible exhibits to the Oregon History Museum. The first exhibit, Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam, presents the thoughts and lives of Vietnam soldiers through the graffiti they left during their travels to war. These pieces of graffiti provide context to the lives of these young men, who left personal messages, names of wives and girlfriends, and poetry on the walls and canvas of their sleeping stations. This exhibit also features other possessions uncovered during excavation, including books, magazines, and playing cards, which help define the lives of these individuals.


Exhibit Support·· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·········· In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps in 2011, OHS is collaborating with the Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience to open an exhibit celebrating volunteers and their service. Eager Peace Corps alumni have already shared stories, objects and photographs from their time spent abroad. This exhibit will highlight artifacts and personal stories that showcase the cooperation and understanding built by Peace Corps volunteers around the world.

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We need your help to make these two exhibits a reality at the Oregon History Museum. You can help by making a monetary gift, donating items if you are Peace Corps alumni, or speaking with local businesses who may be interested in sponsorship. Thank you for your continued support of the Oregon History Museum and our commitment to showcasing donate online new and enlightening exhibits.


UPCOMING EVENTS·· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·········· July 4 Last day to see Tall in the Saddle: 100

Years of the Pendleton Round-Up

11 Lecture with Robert Hamm: “Mapping the West”

October 8 Free Admission for Day of Culture 16 Family Day: 2 Kids Free with Paid Adult 24 Last day to see Arte en la Charreria:

The Artisanship of the Mexican Equestrian Culture

17 Family Day: 2 Kids Free with Paid Adult


Surplus Sale at Gresham Warehouse

26 History Pub at McMenamins Kennedy School: Rob Donnelley on vice in twentieth-century Portland

31 Exhibit Opening: Arte en la Charreria: The Artisanship of the Mexican Equestrian Culture

August 1 Surplus Book Sale at OHS 15

Special Viewing: American Cowboy by Wildbill Productions

21 Family Day: 2 Kids Free with Paid Adult

25 History Pub at McMenamins Kennedy School: Diane Goers-Gardner on women criminals in Oregon

November 4 2nd Annual History Makers Dinner 16 Exhibit Opening:

Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride


CCRH Lecture by Dr. Kenneth Ames

20 Family Day: 2 Kids Free with Paid Adult 21 Lecture Celebrating the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution

30 History Pub at McMenamins Kennedy School: Peter Kopp on the history of hops in the Willamette Valley

29 History Pub at McMenamins Kennedy School: Sig Unander on Portland native Claire Phillips, a US spy in the Philippines during WWII



18 Family Day: 2 Kids Free with Paid Adult

25 Museum Day: Free Admission for Smithsonian Members

18 Family Day: 2 Kids Free with Paid Adult

27 History Pub at McMenamins Kennedy School: Paula Abrams on the Pierce vs. Society of Sisters US Supreme Court decision that overturned Oregon’s compulsory school law

5 Holiday Cheer:

A Celebration of Oregon Authors

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Exhibits·· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·········· Tall in the Saddle 100 Years of the Pendleton Round-Up T H ROUGH JULY 4 Experience the thrills and spills of an event that helped put Oregon on the map nationally and around the world. Among the nation’s largest and best-known rodeos, the Round-Up celebrates its centennial in September 2010. This exhibition explores how a small town in then-remote eastern Oregon came together to stage an exciting and enduring affair.

License to Drive T H R O U G H WINTER 2010 In celebration of the re-release of the classic Pacific Wonderland license plates, the Oregon History Museum is showcasing a special exhibition of Oregon license plates from the OHS collection. View the evolution of license plates over the years, and see how the original Pacific Wonderland license plate compares to the revamped special edition plate available today.

Arte en la Charreria The Artisanship of the Mexican Equestrian Culture O P ENING JULY 31 Intricately embroidered jackets, polished spurs, and authentic leather saddles are a few of the beautiful artifacts displayed in this exhibit celebrating the Mexican cowboy, or charro. Arte en la Charreria gives visitors an opportunity to see the artisanship that goes hand-in-hand with the Mexican charreada, or rodeo. Much of this collection has been kindly donated by Mexican families, making this exhibit a rare chance to see and appreciate Mexican ranching culture.

Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride O P E N I N G NOVEMBER 16 You won’t want to miss Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride, an exhibition of murals painted by Portland-based African-American artists. This exhibit gives a window into impressive art that is largely unknown to those outside the artists’ local neighborhoods. Both large format color photos and original painted murals will be present in this exhibit of African-American art and culture.


History Makers Dinner·· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·········· Mark your calendars for the second annual History Makers Dinner. As the primary fundraising event of the year, the goal of this gala event is to raise over $100,000 in support of the Oregon Historical Society, while recognizing the work of living Oregon history makers. Table sponsorships for this event are at $5,000 and $10,00, and presenting sponsorship is $15,000, which will help to support museum exhibits, the Research Library, education programs, the Quarterly, and our growing collections. This year's event will be held on Thursday, November 4, and will be honoring the work of Oregonians David Adelsheim and Jean Auel and Oregon based organizations Mercy Corps and Medical Teams International. If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Sue Metzler at 503.306.5229. David Adelsheim Numerous individuals have been part of the remarkable success story of Oregon wines, but many familiar with the industry will tell you that none has been more influential than David Adelsheim. Described as an “iconic figure in Oregon wine,” David founded Adelsheim Vineyards in Newberg in 1971 and has been producing Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Pinot blanc and Chardonnay ever since. David helped create and nominate the members of the Oregon Wine Board, was selected by the Oregon Governor to serve on the Board, and was elected as its first chair. For the contributions he has made and continues to make to an industry that has brought international acclaim and attention to Oregon, the Oregon Historical Society is proud to recognize David Adelsheim as a “History Maker.” Jean Auel In 1976, Jean Auel had a desire to “write what she liked to read.” Auel began to write a story about Ayla, a prehistoric girl who lived with people different than her. The Clan of the Cave Bear was published in 1980 and quickly became an international best seller. For the contributions she has made and continues to make to the publishing industry and to scientific and historical research, the Oregon Historical Society is proud to recognize Jean Auel as a “History Maker.”


History Makers Dinner·· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ··········

Mercy Corps and Two Oregon based humanitarian organizations have made an Medical Teams important difference in our world. Mercy Corps was founded in International 1982 by Dan O’Neill and Ellsworth Culver. In the years that have followed, Mercy Corps has provided $1.95 billion in assistance to people in 107 nations. Mercy Corps consistently ranks as one of America’s most effective and efficient charitable organizations. Medical Teams International began in 1979, when Ron Post watched television reports of mass suffering in Cambodia. Less than a month later, Ron and 28 other medical volunteers were on their way to provide care for the survivors in Cambodia’s killing fields. For the inspiring example they set and for the remarkable difference they continue to make, the Oregon Historical Society is proud to recognize Mercy Corps and Medical Teams International as “History Makers.”

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Summer 2010 Historian  

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