In this Issue:

1. Websites Offer Black History Month Information

2. Webinar Speakers Cover Moving Collections

3. Events Set in Tigard and Hillsboro, Salem, Champoeg






Black History Month presents an opportunity to remember and reflect on the experiences, historical contributions of, and injustices incurred by African Americans in Oregon. Many websites offer information about these issues and examine moments and people important to African American heritage in Oregon. You’ll find a few listed below.


A visit to reveals a page on the Oregon Historical Society website, where you will discover information and links to photographs and archival materials related to Oregon’s African American history.


Salem Online History ( ) features photographs, a bibliography and  history about Salem’s African Americans from the pioneers thru today. Learn about Robin and Polly Holmes who came to Oregon as slaves and later obtained their freedom; Gordy T. "Jitterbug" Levy, a black man who worked for the railway on Extra-Gang 23; and Geraldine Hammond, a former public school administrator and the namesake of a Salem elementary school.


The Oregon Encyclopedia Project offers links to many essays about African Americans, including Beatrice Morrow Cannady, the most noted civil rights activist in early twentieth-century Oregon; William A. Hilliard, the first African American editor of the Oregonian; Joe Gordon, the finest second basemen in Major League baseball history; and Willie Mae Young Hart who operated Portland's first black-owned cab company and served as the first African American nurse at Portland's Physicians and Surgeons Hospital. You’ll also discover information about the affects of I-5’s construction on Portland’s African American Community and about the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, nicknamed the "Triple Nickles", an African American unit of the U.S. Army that operated out of Pendleton during WWII.  Visit to learn more.





The national Connecting to Collections program has made available a free recording of this week's program "Objects on the Move! Packing and Transporting Collections."


This webinar concerned the moving of collections into temporary or new storage, or re-configuring existing storage.  Covered topics included estimating time and staff to pack and move items, ordering supplies, arranging transportation, packing properly, and even featuring the behind-the-scenes work in public outreach and education.


The program's experts were Wendy Jessup, a conservator in private practice, and Tova Brandt, curator of exhibitions at the Danish Immigrant Museum. For more information about the webinar and Connecting to Collections free services, visit





Tigard and Hillsboro: Historian Richard Engeman will present "Oregon History 101," an illustrated historical overview of the state at 1 p.m., Feb. 12 at the Tigard Public Library, 13500 SW Hall Boulevard, Tigard and at 7 p.m., Feb. 21 at the Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 East Main Street, Hillsboro. Engeman is the author of “The Oregon Companion: an Historical Gazetteer of the Useful, the Curious, and the Arcane” and is the former public historian of the Oregon Historical Society. For further information about the Tigard presentation, call (503) 684-6537 and for the Hillsboro event call (503) 615-3485.



Salem: A panel of Western Oregon University honors students moderated by Kim Jensen will present “Views on the Fight for Women’s Voting Rights in Oregon” from 3 – 4:30 p.m., Feb. 18 at Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem. In conjunction with the Center’s “Willamette Women: Our History is Our Strength” exhibit, the panel will share a variety of views on Oregon’s Woman Suffrage that address some major themes, people, groups and events in the movement. The students’ presentations stem from work conducted for the Century of Action’s website ( The website celebrates the centennial Oregon women’s right to vote and advances the understanding of women’s citizenship in Oregon’s history. For further information, visit or call (503) 585-7012.



Champoeg: Food, games, stories and songs will provide a glimpse of the cultures who lived at Champoeg during “Champoeg: A Cultural Crossroads”, from 10 a.m. – noon, Feb. 18 at the Champoeg State Heritage Area Visitor Center Auditorium, off US 99W, seven miles east of Newberg. A costumed interpreter will weave the history of French Prairie through the stories and actions of past inhabitants including the Kalapuya, French fur trappers and American settlers. Contact Kim Martin by email or phone (503) 678-1649 for more information.

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

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