Remember that ad that my fictional character Emerson Asher wrote for Henry Weinhard Brewing back in 1873? Oregonians have had a long love affair with beer. This exhibition examines the 200-year history of beer in Oregon, from the Lewis and Clark Expedition to early pioneer hop growers, from the nineteenth century European immigrants who established Oregon’s first breweries to the craft brewery revolution centered here today. See more at Oregon Historical Society Museum.
OPB Field Guide is always worth watching, but here’s a dose of plastic reality we shouldn’t miss. The segments are entitled: Plastic Rafts (made from plastic washed ashore from the tsunami); Plastics in Rivers; and Oysters With A Side Of Plastic. Should be enlightening - and scary enough to spur us to do better.
Celebrate Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su’s two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more. It’s the Year of the Pig! Be sure to check out all the festivities at Lan Su Chinese Garden’s website lansugarden.org
There’s no better gift than a book! I am pleased to be among nearly 100 Oregon authors featured at this year’s Holiday Cheer Celebration.
For over 50 years, the Oregon Historical Society has celebrated the literary talents of Oregonians at this annual holiday book sale and signing. Meet your favorite author, and take home a personally signed book for the perfect local holiday gift. Sip on hot cocoa, listen to carols, and get into the spirit of the season at the Oregon Historical Society! FREE!
Friends of the Multnomah County Library are boasting their best event yet. The planners are packing a marvelous inventory of treasures for the fall sale. If you need to renew your membership so you can get first dibs at the Members Only Pre-Sale on Friday, October 26, you can do so anytime online, at the Friends Library Store or by mail.
OHSU archive collection: fall exhibit features health professionals who made a difference across the globe, including Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy
This year, the annual Oregon Archives Crawl will explore Changing Attitudes. Archives document how communities, beliefs, practices, and preferences have changed over the years. Historical records and photos can shed new light on common beliefs or explain how things have come to pass. With more than 35 organizations participating, you are guaranteed to discover something new! Presented by the City of Portland Archives and Records Center, Multnomah County Library, and the Oregon Historical Society. Free and open to the public.
Searching for ancestors? Learn the tools of the trade at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon Boot Camp for Beginners.
The Boot Camp includes sessions about the census, vital records, immigration and naturalization, discussions about genealogy software and database use, organizing research and more — all geared toward beginners. Bring a sack lunch to eat as discussion continues. Free to GFO members. Non-members: $20. Register on-line by September 18th. GFO is located in the basement of The Ford Building. gfo.org
Join me for my first reading at Broadway Books, a small independent bookstore that supports local authors like me! I’ll recount the strange evolution of the novel, Burying My Dead, read a few passages, and share historical tidbits about Portland. (And then you’ll have a chance to wander the stacks and remember what small bookstores can offer!)
Are your family heirlooms worth a fortune? Remember that thingamajig you picked up at that yard sale? Local experts will examine your art, jewelry, vintage whatevers and estimate their value. And what better setting than the Oregon Historical Society. If you just want to eavesdrop, admission is free. Evaluations are $10 per item.
Portland’s multicultural communities come out in full force each August to celebrate one of East Portland’s biggest events. The Jade Night Market is a fun mix of international cuisine, cultural performances, and great shopping amidst a wonderful crowd. Last year the night market drew nearly 20,000 people to support small businesses, community organizations, and cultural groups.
When: Saturdays, August 18th and August 25th from 5 – 10PM
Where: PCC SE Campus (2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland OR 97216)
Transportation: Accessible on Trimet bus lines 4 and 72. Parking lot on site. Plenty of bike parking, too!
Spoiler alert: 60 white men gathered in Salem to write the constitution. Imagine the result. Historian and author Kenneth Coleman will discuss the historical context of the Oregon Constitutional Convention and the ultimate outcome of debates surrounding slavery, racial exclusion, and women's suffrage. This Brown Bag lecture is free and open to the public. While you're at OHS, take a look at the 1857 Oregon Constitution, on display until September 3, 2018.
In the summer of 1693 a Manila galleon left the Philippines and was never seen again. Two centuries of legend and speculation followed. Find out how the mystery leads to Oregon and the Neahkanie Coastal area. Cameron LaFollette, Executive Director of Oregon Coast Alliance, presents at the Oregon Historical Society. FREE!! Check out details at http://www.ohs.org/events/oregons-manila-galleon.cfm
Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery volunteers conduct two tours a month at Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery. If you haven't strolled through the cemetery in a while, treat yourself to the guided version and learn a lot. This one is entitled: The Rest of the Cemetery! Sign up at www.facebook.com/pg/FriendsOfLoneFir/events/
The Shape of Speed: Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942, is a special exhibition featuring 18 rare streamlined automobiles and motorcycles. It’s amazing to think that these vehicles were being designed when Emerson Asher was still scribbling her memoir, Burying My Dead.
If you haven’t attended one of the McMenamin Brothers’ History Pubs, you’re in for a treat. It’s a great way to learn about Oregon history in a relaxed atmosphere. And, there’s a good chance you’ll need a beer to help you swallow the hard truth about Oregon’s participation in the racial purity movement known as eugenics. Beware: the Oregon State Board of Eugenics survived in one form or another until 1983!
This free event takes place at the Kennedy School Theater, 5736 NE 33rd Av. on Monday, June 25th. Doors open at 6 pm; presentation begins at 7pm.
Twenty-five local authors gather in one of the region’s most beautifully renovated libraries! Meet authors, buy books, and enjoy this architectural gem that integrates a 105-year-old Carnegie Library with a stunning atrium and modern library space. Stop by for copies of Burying My Dead. I’d love to meet you! Don’t be late. You have only two hours to pack it all in!
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