[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-01-19

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Thu Jan 19 08:56:49 PST 2012

In This Issue:
1. Jewish Museum Opens “Dawn of Tomorrow” Exhibit
2. Oregon Nikkei to Open Kokeshi Doll Exhibit
3. 2012 Regional History Forum Series Set in The Dalles
4. Position Openings at OHS
The Oregon Jewish Museum recently opened a new exhibit celebrating the
100th anniversary of Oregon women achieving the right to vote. “The Dawn
Of Tomorrow: Oregon Jews and Woman Suffrage” will run through May 6 at
the museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Portland. 
Voting equality for women took forty-two years, six campaigns and
hundreds of women and men working together to achieve success. On
November 30, 1912, the indefatigable Abigail Scott Duniway, Oregon’s
most famous suffrage activist, signed the Oregon Equal Suffrage
Proclamation. Oregon became the ninth state in the nation to give women
the right to vote, and ability to hold elected office - making them
among the first in the country to do so. The vote took place nearly a
decade before the 1920 ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the
U.S. Constitution, which granted the right to vote to all American
Attitudes towards votes for women in Portland’s Jewish community
mirrored the larger community and included both support and opposition.
Pro-suffrage activists included Josephine Hirsch, who founded the
Portland Equal Suffrage League, Rabbi Stephen Wise, and a number of
prominent Jewish businessmen. Those involved in the liquor industry
believed that once enfranchised, women would vote for a dry state, and
expressed anti-suffrage sentiments. They used the Portland’s Jewish
press to voice their protest. “The Dawn of Tomorrow” uses local
newspaper accounts and photographs to weave together an intriguing
For further information, visit www.ojm.org ( http://www.ojm.org/ ) or
call (503) 226-3600.
Oregon Nikkei will open a new exhibit, titled “Kokeshi: From Tradition
to Today” on Jan. 27, which will examine the simplicity, design, and
creativity of kokeshi doll and explore their history and use as a means
of expression. 
Made since the early 1800s in Japan, kokeshi dolls probably originated
as toys for children and tourist items from the Tohoku region. Featuring
objects from local and regional collections, the exhibit highlights the
kokeshi form and design techniques used by contemporary artists,
designers and products all over the world. The exhibit features historic
artist-made dolls as well as examples from students and faculty from
area institutions, including The Art Institute of Portland, Pacific
Northwest College of Art, Portland State University, and University of
The exhibit will run through April 15 at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy
Center, 121 NW 2nd Ave., Portland. For more information, visit
www.oregonnikkei.org ( http://www.oregonnikkei.org/ ) , call (503)
224-1458 or email info at oregonnikkei.org . 
The Original Courthouse Regional History Forum Series for 2012,
featuring topics about the Civil War in Oregon, topographical mapping,
the railroad, and editing a history of The Dalles, will take place on
Saturdays in February, beginning at 1:30 p.m., in the upstairs courtroom
of the 1859 courthouse, 410 West 2nd Place, The Dalles.
Jerry Tanquistwill present “Railroad Stories along the Deschutes River”
on Feb. 4. Through stories and photographs, Tanquist will talk about the
two rail-roads built along the river in 1909-1911, with antidotes about
ten tunnels, cabooses, going fishing by train, shipping sheep, the Lady
Frances Mine, The Deschutes Club domain, and the current status of
abandoned sections of the Oregon Trunk Line. 
Widge Johnson and Carolyn Wood, co-editors of a local history about The
Dalles titled will discuss “The Making of ‘Win-Quatt, a Brief History of
The Dalles, Oregon” will talk about their experience and personal
journey editing someone else’s historical contribution of Feb. 11.
Steve Betschart will present “Oregon and the Civil War:  Politics and
the Military” on Feb. 18. His presentation will trace military-political
developments in Oregon in the 1850s – 1860s and display items used by
common soldiers from Oregon including an 1861 Springfield rifle.
On Feb. 25, Mahlon Kriebelwill talk about the ill-fated Col.
Steptoe-Chief Vincent Battle and Wright’s subsequent campaign of 1858
from Ft. Dalles to Cataldo in his presentation “Col. Wright’s Campaign
as Mapped by Topographer T. Kolecki”. Original letters, field notes, and
the maps made by Theodore Kolecki, topographer during the Wright
campaign, shed new light on military operations that originated in The
For further information, contact Karl Vercouteren by phone (541)
296-5785 or email kjverc at gmail.com . 
The Oregon Historical Society has several positions open, including
Administrative Assistant, Assistant Editor for the “Oregon Historical
Quarterly”, Facilities Technician, and Grants Program Manager. For
further information, visit www.ohs.org/about-ohs/current-openings.cfm .


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