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One of the questions asked most often by visitors to our WWII exhibit is about Eisenhower's jacket, namely, how small it appears! OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk talks with The Oregonian's Joe Rose to explain why appearances may be deceiving... http://bit.ly/1LLlYOr
Oregon Historical Society visitors have been taken aback by one of Eisenhower's battlefield jackets currently on display at the downtown Portland museum. "Wasn't he taller?" they ask.
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Tonight's History Pub at McMenamins Kennedy School​ features speakers who worked on the Oregon home front during WWII! A special opportunity with living history makers - hope to see you there! http://bit.ly/1wZKXDw

Pictured: Students at Marylhurst University​ organized a war bond drive in January 1944. OHS Research Library bb012804 
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Ahh the old days when governments still had to sell war bonds. Now they just print more paper money and pay for all the wars they need.
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We had a very special visitor to our WWII exhibit yesterday! 
Wally Dickerman, a 94 year young WWII veteran came by with his wife (married 73 years!) and daughter, who was 5 years old when he shipped off to war.

Wally lives in Portland (originally from Seattle) and is a retired Petty Officer 1st Class. He served on the USS Cassin Young DD793, Fletcher Class Destroyer, and was awarded two purple hearts.

We are honored to welcome Wally and all veterans & active military & their families for FREE through Dec. 7, thanks to a generous gift from Columbia Sportswear! http://bit.ly/1KbgcF7
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Calling all Oregon authors - it's that time again! We are accepting applications for our 48th annual Holiday Cheer Oregon author celebration! If you have published (or will publish by Dec. 6) a book this year, consider applying to this fun holiday tradition at OHS! http://bit.ly/ohscheer
For nearly 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. Enjoy holiday treats, music, and more as we kick off the holiday season at the Oregon Historical Society!
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It's cake day! The "smack-down" starts at noon - start placing your bets now! Thank you to all of the contestants who are participating in this fun +Oregon State Fair tradition:

Sally Bany, +Moonstruck Chocolate Company 
Steve Bass, +Oregon Public Broadcasting 
Mayor Shane Bemis, Mayor of Gresham
Margaret Carter, Former Oregon State Senator
Gale Castillo, Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Marilyn Deustch, +KPTV FOX 12 Oregon 
Brian Ferriso, +Portland Art Museum 
Mark Ganz, Cambia Health Solutions
Jeff Gianola, +KOIN 6 
Nancy Hales, First Lady of Portland 
Margie Hunt, Special Olympics Oregon
Mark Katches, +Oregonian Plus 
Deb Knapp, KATU News +KATU News 
Lois Leveen, Portland Author
Judge Judy Matarazzo, Multnomah County Circuit Court
Sandra McDonough, +Portland Business Alliance 
Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon Attorney General
Nancy Stueber, +Oregon Museum of Science & Industry 
Keith Thomajan, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette
Wim Wiewel, +Portland State University 
Matt Zaffino, +KGW-TV 

Photo: Oregon's 64th Birthday is remembered by sons & daugthers of Oregon pioneers; Katherine Kubli cuts the cake, 1923, Oregon Historical Society Research Library, Oregonian Collection, OrHi 009818
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Thank you to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum for hosting a wonderful "Oregon Transformed" event on the legacies of WWII on the Columbia River. Next time you are hiking in the Gorge, be sure to take a detour to this history filled gem! https://www.gorgediscovery.org/
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There is a great article in the Summer 2015 Oregon Humanities​ magazine that talks about the Vanport Multimedia Project, an incredible volunteer run effort to capture and preserve the stories of those who lived in this oft-forgotten Oregon city. 

OHS is proud to be a partner on this project, and to have hosted the screening of The Wake of Vanport last December! Learn more about the project on their Tumblr: http://bit.ly/1hsW3Bl
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Oregon Archives Month is just around the corner - save the date for the 2015 Oregon Archives Crawl. We are excited to participate again this year at the event hosted at the City Of Portland Archives And Record Center - https://portlandarchives.wordpress.com/archives-month/
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See if you have trash or treasure at our annual "What's It Worth?" event on September 27. Local experts will provide estimates for items including coins, books, jewelry, art, and more! http://bit.ly/1wZKXDw

Photo: George Johanson with two of his woodcut prints, long-time instructor at museum art school, Portland, Oregon Historical Society Oregon Journal Collection, OrHi #012060
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Happy #NationalDogDay - give your pup an extra squeeze, and read up on Bobbie the Wonder Dog, a historic Oregon canine that returned home to his family in Silverton after being separated from them on a road trip in Indiana in 1924! http://bit.ly/1i2l6v8
"Bobbie the Wonder Dog" of Silverton, Oregon, was the canine hero in a story that, in the 1920s, became a national sensation. On a February day in 1924, the 2-year-old scotch collie-mix dog appeared on the door step of his owners, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brazier. What amazed them was that they had ...
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Cakes are here! Almost time for the judging to begin! #cakesmackdown
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Portlanders: Free cake at OHS tomorrow, we repeat, FREE CAKE! OHS is hosting a "Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down" in honor of the Oregon State Fair's 150th anniversary this year. Which local media or business personality will "take the cake"? Find out tomorrow at noon! http://bit.ly/1PuYEVQ
Running for governor in 1958, Mark Hatfield made a sweet political promise to business leader and renowned chocoholic Gerry Frank in return for his support.
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1200 Southwest Park AvenueUSOregonPortland97205
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Since 1898, the Oregon Historical Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content. Visit ohs.org for information on current exhibits and events and access to educational content.

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Rotating exhibits give insight into state history, art & more in building with 8-story-high murals.- Google
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Jason Rose
a year ago
The exhibits are ok but I got in trouble for taking a photo on my phone and the attendant demanded that I delete it. Some museums and galleries don't have a problem with it and I didn't see any signs saying no photography. Also we knew that it closed at 5pm but felt pressured to leave at 4.50pm when we were enjoying the exhibits near the exit.
Al Lambright
a year ago
I was blown away by the professional experience of the curators and knowledgeable staff. The site contains information about Oregon's history ranging from the Oregon Natives, the Westward expansion of the pioneers, to World War II to today's contemporary art.
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Tirza Hutabarat
2 years ago
Went here when I was little, I would say pretty interesting
A Google User
4 years ago
Thankfully, they keep smokers away from the door as per the law that was passed. Oh, and there is very cool p-town facts and artifacts to check out too. :)
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Gary Standke
a year ago
The top floor does a great job of explaining how the state got to where it is. Lots of very interesting artifacts. The special exhibits were great the time we were there.
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Ali Alali
2 years ago
Nice place to learn about Portland, and Oregon. its for free for Multnomah county residents, just make sure to show them your state ID..
Michael Thompson
a year ago
LOL? History is where we come from!!
A Google User
4 years ago
They will get angry if you smoke near their building