The Oregon Historical Society


February Events Calendar
Dragon Dance & Parade
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Begins at 11am on NW 4th & Davis in Chinatown and continues at the Oregon Historical Society; sweet treats and performances until 2pm  |  Parade Route
Free Admission  More Information
Thomas Condon: Of Faith and Fossils
Friday, February 12, 2016
Free Admission, optional dinner for $15 (rsvp to 541.296.8600)
Presented in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting
Oregon Statehood Day
Sunday, February 14, 2016
11am - 5pm at the Oregon Historical Society
Program and cake at 12pm
Free Admission  More Information
BROADCAST, SERIES: Oregon Experience
Thomas Condon: Of Faith and Fossils
Monday, February 22, 2016
9pm - 9:30pm on OPB-TV
Presented in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting
Levi Scott's Story of the 1846 Emigration
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
By Mr. Stafford Hazelett
6:30pm - 7:30pm at the Oregon Historical Society
Free Admission  More Information
Immigrant Voices from Portland's Historic Chinatowns
Monday, February 29, 2016
Featuring Bertha Lee Saiget, Kenneth Fong, and Robert Luck
Free Admission  More Information
Statehood Day & Valentine's Day!
Celebrate your love of Oregon, and the loved ones in your life, with a gift from the OHS Museum Store. On February 14, Oregon will turn 157 - throw a birthday party for your favorite state complete with Oregon shaped dishes, beer from an Oregon Trail growler, and Oregon made food products like Jacobsen Salt. With beer in hand, and a state seal Pendleton blanket on your lap, you can tune in to the Oregon Experience episode, Road to Statehood
Still looking for a special Valentine's gift? Your Valentine will surely swoon over the stunning array of uniquely Oregon stone jewelry in the Museum Store!
2016 Reciprocal Membership Program
Your OHS membership is the key to free admission for four people to a different attraction each month! Find the full schedule on our website.
February Reciprocal Attraction: 
World Forestry Center
Not an OHS member? Join today!
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland OR 97205
REMINDER: There is no History Pub in December. We will see you back at McMenamins Kennedy School in 2016!
Home for the Holidays
Give the gift of Oregon this holiday season with one of the many locally crafted items in the OHS Museum Store. Myrtlewood cutting boards and cheese trays and ceramic serving dishes in the shape of our state are the perfect gift for your favorite holiday party host or hostess. Drink your eggnog from a frosted glass that celebrates statehood, and hang your Christmas cards on your fridge with a striking Oregon magnet. 
A Man for All Seasons: Monroe Sweetland and the Liberal Paradox

From Tom Civiletti

Monroe was a good friend, a kind soul, and a hell of a Democrat.

Book Launch:

A Man for All Seasons: Monroe Sweetland and the Liberal Paradox
By Dr. William G. Robbins

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
7pm – 8:30pm
Oregon Historical Society
Free and open to the public
more info:

The life of prominent Oregon political leader Monroe Sweetland — a nationally prominent figure whose fights bequeathed to modern America important legislation that shaped its political landscape — spans the spectrum of twentieth-century America. Racial and economic inequalities motivated much of Sweetland's civic life, including his lifelong memberships in the American Civil Liberties Committee, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Urban League, the Japanese American Citizens League, and the Red Cross, where Sweetland worked repatriating American prisoners of war after Japan's surrender.

Historian William G. Robbins illuminates the wrenching transformation of American political culture in A Man for All Seasons. Robbins's portrait is holistic, exploring Sweetland's socialist beginnings, inconsistencies in his politics—especially during the Cold War—and his regional legacy. He was the most important person in the resurgence of the modern, liberal Oregon Democratic Party from the late 1940s to the 1960s.

William G. Robbins is emeritus distinguished professor at Oregon State University, where he was professor of history from 1971 until 2002. He is the author and editor of books on Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, including Landscapes of Promise: The Oregon Story, 1800-1940 and Oregon, This Storied Land.

This original exhibition presents the worldwide conflict through artifacts and manuscripts from the premier Mark Family Collection, including a Nazi enigma machine, Gen. Patton’s military uniform, and the life preserver from the USS West Virginia, which was damaged at Pearl Harbor. Letters from soldiers as well as presidential correspondence and military documents provide a lens onto the many events of World War II, from prominent battles to critical political decisions. 
Items drawn from the Oregon Historical Society’s archives and from collections across the state tell of events that dramatically changed Oregon, including the operation of the Kaiser shipyards, the internment of Japanese Americans, and the balloon bomb, which caused the only WWII combat casualties in the continental U.S.
FREE ADMISSION for veterans & active duty military to the Oregon Historical Society June 26 - December 7.
Mark Your Calendar: WWII Events
Iona Murphy welds at the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation Shipyard in 1943, bb005951
Students at Marylhurst College organized a war bond drive in January 1944, bb012804
Jewish Resistance against the Nazis
by Dr. Patrick Henry, in partnership with the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
September 10, 2015 at 7pm
Courage, Hope, & Survival of the Holocaust
by Eva and Les Aigner, in partnership with the OJMCHE
October 11, 2015 at 2pm
Kaiser Healthcare and Childcare during WWII
by Dr. Jeffrey Sanders and Lincoln Cushing
October 15, 2015 at 7pm
WWII Perspectives: Global Dimensions, Debates of Science, and Changes to Society
by Drs. Marisa Chappell, Jake Hamblin, & Christopher McNight Nichols
November 8, 2015 at 2pm
Visit our events calendar for more WWII related programs and full event details.

Related Slideshow:
Oregon Black Pioneers
Exhibition Opening
at Oregon Historical Society

The Oregon Black Pioneers have partnered with the Oregon Historical Society
to present a Community on the Move, an in-depth exhibit about the impact of WWII
Shipyards, the Vanport Flood, and urban renewal programs on Portland-area
black families and businesses in the 1940s and 50s.

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A Community on the Move

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and present issues within the
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