Upcoming Events

The OE History Nights

The Oregon Encyclopedia hosts a series of History Nights in collaboration with McMenamins pubs. Come join us for good beer and food and find out more about the history and culture of our state from OE authors.


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LSTA Library Meetings

The Oregon Encyclopedia will hit the road in the spring of 2014 to hold a series of meetings at libraries and museums throughout the state. We will ask members of each community to contribute their knowledge of local history and culture and to lead us to new authors and contributors. At each site, library or museum staff will share information about the local historical resources available at their institutions that can help people research and learn about the history of the local community and region. A local historian will present at many of the meetings, and participants will learn more about The Oregon Encyclopedia.

These meetings are supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library. 

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Past Events

Oregon Council Of Teachers of English Fall In-service Language Arts - Reading Conference

Linda Tamura and Tania Hyatt-Evenson Present:
"Integrate Critical Thinking, Research, and Writing Skills with The Oregon Encyclopedia"

The Oregon Encyclopedia is an on-line, authoritative compendium of information about Oregon history and culture. The session will demonstrate how to use this one-of-a-kind free resource and also teach students how to narrow the focus of a topic, how to find research materials in local libraries, and how to write concisely.

Presentation #1
2011 Oregon Council for the Social Studies Fall Conference
October 1, 2011
9:45 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
Concordia University, Portland

Linda Tamura and Tania Hyatt-Evenson Present:
"How to Research and Write for an Encyclopedia"

Learn how to integrate critical thinking, research & writing by using The Oregon Encyclopedia in your classroom. The Oregon Encyclopedia is a free, on-line, authoritative compendium of information about Oregon history and culture. Help students learn to write concisely, narrow the focus of a historical topic, and discover research materials in local libraries.

Presentation #2
Oregon Council Of Teachers of English Fall In-service
Language Arts - Reading Conference
October 1, 2011
1:35 p.m. to 2:35 p.m.
Sunset High School, Beaverton

PSU logoPSU offered a workshop for teachers interested in using The Oregon Encyclopedia in curriculum development. Click here for more details.


civil war posterOregon State Library Spring Lecture Series Wednesday, May 11, 12-1 pm

"Beavers v. Ducks: Over 100 Years of Civil War!" By Kerry Eggers, Sports Writer & Author

Location: Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Room 103

Admission is Free. Bring or purchase lunch on-site ($6.50)


"Where's Dentistry in the Oregon Encyclopedia?"
January, 2011
Dinner presentation to the American College of Dentists, Portland chapter, by Editor-in-Chief Linda Tamura.

The OE at Wordstock

wordstock logoA special History Pub co-sponsored by The OE, the Oregon Historical Society, and the Holy Names Heritage Center.

Thursday, October 7th, 7pm
McMenamins Kennedy School Theater

From the forty-year struggle to gain the right to vote to the campaign for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, Oregon's political and civic landscape has been shaped by women. On October 7, historian Kimberly Jensen, political scientist Melody Rose, and activist and former Oregon legislator and both county and city commissioner Gretchen Kafoury will tell the stories of the political challenges Oregon women faced and the victories they won at a special edition of History Pub. Each month, the Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center, and Oregon Encyclopedia organize history talks at McMenamins Kennedy School in Northeast Portland, Cornelius Pass Roadhouse in Hillsdale, and Edgefield in Troutdale. Join us for beer and history! This event is free and open to the public.

We Live Here!

On Friday, November 20, 2009, enjoy an evening of music, words, images, and stories with photographs from The Oregon Encyclopedia. This unique concert features the music of Darrell Grant, singer/songwriter Kabir Green, and the musical stories of writer/narrator Lynn Darroch.

Friday, November 20, 2009
8:00-11:00 p.m.
Airplay Café — 701 E Burnside St (503) 808-7908
$10 cover
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About the Artists

Darrell Grant & "On The Territory"
The music of pianist/vocalist Darrell Grant's new group "On the Territory" is a diverse and beautiful landscape, where jazz, blues, gospel, folk, classical, and rock music are the rivers, valleys, mountain peaks, and quiet retreats. The band reinvents songs by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, John Lennon, Keith Jarreet, and others that share a reflection on place and a beauty that speaks to our life and times. (with Cameron Morgan—guitar, Sam Howard—bass, John Nastos—saxophones, Ji Tanzer—drums, and Maureen Kelly Frary—vocals).

Lynn Darroch
A contributor to the Oregonian, KMHD radio host and Jazzscene editor, Lynn Darroch presents musical stories that bring to life jazz and Latin music heroes (including Ray Charles and Ruben Blades), Mexican schoolteachers and immigrant children, as well as the people and places that define the Oregon experience—in live performances and on CD, including Local Heroes/American Originals. He'll be joined by Portland pianist, composer, vocalist, and recording engineer Jonathan Swanson in an interplay of words and music accompanied by photographs moving in tandem with them.

Kabir Green
Filled with all the love, loss, and life that his generation is heir to, singer/songwriter Kabir Green's songs break free of cynicism and encourage trust in our human spirit and ability to relate to each other. His latest CD is The Five Dollar Club. He will appear with Jed Wilson—keyboards, Russ Kleiner—drums, and Sam Howard—bass.

Friends of History, October 14, 2009

Join the Editors-in-Chief at a Friends of History event at Portland State University for an evening of public history. Learn about the project, discuss new entries, and find out how to become involved in the on-going development of the Oregon Encyclopedia. See you there!

October 14, 7:00 pm
Portland State University
Browsing Lounge, Smith Center

Calling all Architectural Historians

The Oregon Encyclopedia Community Meeting
Architectural Heritage Center
701 SE Grand Avenue, Portland 97214
Saturday October 10, 2009
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do you consider yourself an expert on a significant Oregon architect?
Perhaps you know the story behind the construction of a local landmark? Or maybe you have a long list of favorite architects and buildings you would like to learn more about. If so, The Oregon Encyclopedia would like to hear from you. The Architectural Heritage Center is co-sponsoring and hosting this public meeting to discuss the Encyclopedia Project, to locate potential authors, and to identify possible topics to be included in this important online encyclopedia of Oregon history and culture.

Teacher In-Service Day Presentation, October 9, 2009

2009 Fall Teacher In-service Day Presentation
Friday, October 9 at OCTE Conference, Lake Oswego High School
Personal History: When Students Write about Their Oregon

In this workshop we will learn about translating student interest into writing for an authentic audience, e.g., The Oregon Encyclopedia. We will discuss brainstorming, historical significance, and evaluating sources. Presenters will include students from Riverdale High School who will share their experience. Workshop participants will share their “secret Oregon” and will leave with tools to encourage students to do the same.

Presenters: Santha Cassell (Teacher), Lachlan Johnson, Morgaine Trine, and Julie Gregory (Students), Riverdale High School; Linda Tamura, Willamette University & OE; Rick Hardt, Portland State University & OE.

The Urban League Meeting, August 26, 2009

On August 26, 2009, Oregon Encyclopedia staff will meet with members of the Senior Center of The Urban League of Portland. The Urban League helps empower African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, and economic security. Editors-in-Chief Bill Lang and Rick Hardt will lead a discussion on local history, and ask members to contribute their knowledge of Oregon history and culture to the Encyclopedia.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Urban League of Portland Senior Center
10 N Russell Street, Portland

A Follow-up to the Stayton Community Meeting, June 27

We would be so pleased to see you again on June 27, at the Stayton Public Library to learn more about The Oregon Encyclopedia, and to delve deeper into local history. Thank you to the library staff and to the members of the community who attended the June 6 meeting. Your contributions help make the Encyclopedia valuable and comprehensive.

Please join Editor-in-Chief Bill Lang in a discussion about local history, and open your mind to Oregon!

Saturday, June 27, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
The Stayton Public library
515 N 1st Avenue, Stayton

This event is co-sponsored by the Stayton Public Library. The project is also supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Oregon Council of Teachers of English, the Oregon University System, Willamette University, and the Oregon Heritage Commission. Private donors have provided additional support. The Oregon Encyclopedia is an official Sesquicentennial Partner Project of Oregon 150.

Community Meeting in Stayton, June 6

On June 6, Portland State University and the Oregon Historical Society invite the public to "open their minds to Oregon!" Come and contribute your knowledge of local history and culture to The Oregon
Encyclopedia of History & Culture, a dynamic online resource that engages Oregonians in learning about all things Oregon. Learn about the Web site, meet the project team, and bring your ideas. Find out how you can be a part of this exciting project.

Join Editor-in-Chief Bill Lang and Encyclopedia author and former news analyst at KGW-TV, Floyd McKay, to discover The Oregon Encyclopedia.

Saturday, June 6, 1:00-3:00 pm
The Stayton Public library
515 N 1st Avenue, Stayton

This event is co-sponsored by the Stayton Public Library. The project is also supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Oregon Council of Teachers of English, the Oregon University System, Willamette University, and the Oregon Heritage Commission. Private donors have provided additional support. The Oregon Encyclopedia is an official Sesquicentennial Partner Project of Oregon 150.

Oregon Encyclopedia on OPB's "Think Out Loud"

Friday, May 8, 9-10am

Tune in to hear Editor-in Chief Bill Lang talk about the Oregon Encyclopedia with the hosts of OPB's "Talk Out Loud," a call-in radio show on all things Oregon. Ask questions, suggest entries, find out how to contribute to this valuable new online resource.

American Culture & Politics Speaker Series: Bill Lang on The Oregon Encyclopedia

Monday, April 27, 4:00 p.m., Oregon State University, Memorial Union, Room 208

"What Beavers, Ducks, Bart Simpson, and Leroy Vinnegar have in Common, or How to Make a State Encyclopedia of Oregon"

How does a group of Oregon scholars and writers go about creating an Oregon Encyclopedia of History & Culture? If they invoke the ambition of Denis Diderot, editor of the great 18th-century Encyclopedie, do they really intend to include everything and everyone Oregon? And what would that mean? Between the ambition and publication is an intellectual obstacle course, where the first question is: What's in and what's out? The story of this process is almost as interesting as the stuff that will be in The Oregon Encyclopedia.

William L. Lang is Professor of History at Portland State University and one of three Editors-in-Chief of the Oregon Encyclopedia of History & Culture. Born in Portland and educated at Willamette University, Washington State University, and University of Delaware, Lang is author of six books on Pacific Northwest History, most recently Two Centuries of Lewis and Clark (2004) and Great River of the West (2009).

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Community Meetings

The Oregon Encyclopedia includes entries on all parts of the state, with special attention to smaller communities. In 2008, editors and staff visited many local communities to gather information for the Encyclopedia. The meetings encouraged open discussions of significant events, people, places, and institutions. By tapping into local sources of historical and cultural knowledge, the 2008 meetings and those planned over the coming months will give Oregonians the opportunity to contribute in significant ways to The Oregon Encyclopedia.

Through Community Meetings, The Oregon Encyclopedia will be a true reflection of who Oregonians are today.

2008 Community Meetings

Coos Bay
Coos Bay Public Library
Saturday, March 8, 2008

Siuslaw Public Library
Saturday, April 26, 2008

Jefferson County Library
Saturday, April 26, 2008

Astoria Public Library
Saturday, May 31, 2008

Beaverton City Library
Monday, June 16, 2008

Tualatin Heritage Center
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Selma Community and Education Center
Saturday, July 26, 2008

Klamath Falls
Klamath County Library
Thursday, September 11, 2008

Harney County Public Library
Saturday, September 20, 2008

Salem Public Library
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Central Library
Saturday, September 27, 2008

Pendleton Public Library
Saturday, October 4, 2008

Medford Library
Saturday, October 4, 2008

University of Oregon Many Nations Longhouse
Wednesday, October 8, 2008

McMinnville Public Library
Saturday, October 18, 2008

Hillsboro Public Library
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hood River
Hood River County Library
Saturday, October 25, 2008

Baker City
Baker County Public Library
Sunday, October 26, 2008

Deschutes Public Library
Monday, December 15, 2008

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