Oregon Historical Society

Oregon Historical Society

“Oregon My Oregon” is a permanent exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society Museum that breathes life into Oregon history by focusing on the people who make up that history. The exhibit, divided into several segments, places the Oregon story in a larger context. “The Land of Many Faces” uses shoes and hats to focus on the diverse landscapes and peoples of Oregon. “The First Oregonians” display features the history of Oregon’s native peoples. A Plank House demonstrates how Native Americans lived in semi-permanent dwellings, and utilized local resources to make shirts, fish hooks, baskets, and canoe paddles. “Lure of the West” is divided into two parts. One segment recounts the stories of European and American sea captains spanning the 1500s through the 1840s. They expanded their country’s territory claims and developed commercial trade routes with Asia. A second segment, focusing on the period from the 1840s through 1870, presents the influence of missionaries and how Euro-American re-settlement dramatically changed Native American lifeways. “What Shaped Modern Oregon” identifies immigration, industrial growth, and transportation development as the major forces that shaped modern Oregon. It was interesting to see a reference to Gilchrist as a company town from 1938-1991. The final section of the exhibit, “Oregonian Culture,” adds yet another chapter to the Oregon story and draws attention to various controversies. In “High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy” we learned about this president’s strong connection with the State of Oregon. I wasn’t aware that Senator Wayne Morse was a presidential candidate.

Parking on the street of downtown Portland, if you can find it, costs $1.60 per hour. Parking below a commercial building cost us $6 per hour. Take the light rail if you can! After spending the day in Portland, we headed back to our campground and encountered stop and go driving. While we were stopped, a large commercial truck rear ended us?! Fortunately, the damage isn’t stopping us from driving our tow vehicle.