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 citizens.


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 story.


For further information, visit 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 Oregon.


The exhibit will run through April 15 at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, 121 NW 2nd Ave., Portland. For more information, visit , call (503) 224-1458 or email .






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 Tanquist will 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 Kriebel will 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 Dalles. 


For further information, contact Karl Vercouteren by phone (541) 296-5785 or email .





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 .

Save the dates for the 2012 Oregon Heritage Conference: April 26 - 28!

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