Oregon History 101
Oregon History 101 is a nine-month public history program series designed to give Oregonians a basic understanding of the state’s significant people, places, and events. Each month, historians will present a chapter of Oregon History, beginning with the earliest peoples and ending with the turn of the twenty-first century. The series will emphasize Oregon’s connection to historical themes in American History, including Native history, early exploration, western expansion, race, gender, and social justice, and the post-industrial economy.
Series Editors Dr. Carl Abbott and Dr. William Lang have designed the series and invited many of the state’s most distinguished senior scholars to speak. Each presentation will feature images from the Oregon Historical Society archives and will be filmed and made available on the World Wide Web. All events will take place at McMenamins Kennedy School (Portland) and will be free and open to the public, all ages.
Series Schedule and Speakers
Title: Native Life and Pre-Contact
Presenter: David Lewis Tribal Historian and Manager of the Cultural Exhibits and Archives Program, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde
Date of presentation: September 8, 2014
Location: McMenamins Kennedy School, Portland, Oregon
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Native societies in Oregon have seen monumental changes in the last two hundred years. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Oregon’s tribes and bands have witnessed great losses of land to federal government allotment programs; death from European diseases; and the loss of culture and language from assimilation programs at Indian boarding schools. Through all these changes, Native cultures in Oregon have adapted, and now are thriving. Dr. David G. Lewis, Tribal Historian for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community, will describe what life was like for western Oregon tribes, and examine the changes that resulted from the resettlement of Native lands.
David Lewis is the Tribal Historian and Manager of the Exhibits and Archives Program for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community. David is an enrolled member at the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, his ancestral heritage is Chinook, Takelma, and Santiam Kalapuya. He earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Oregon.
Monday, October 6, 2014, 7pm (doors at 6)
Exploration and Fur Trade
Monday, November 3, 2014, 7pm (doors at 6)
Missionaries, the Oregon Trail, and State-Making
Monday, December 1, 2014, 7pm (doors at 6)
“Looks Like a Good Beginning”: Immigration, Ethnicity, and Exclusion in Oregon, 1850-1910.
Monday, January 5, 2014, 7pm (doors at 6)
Monday, February 2, 2015, 7pm (doors at 6)
“Social Movements, Citizenship, and Civil Liberties: Oregon Women and Progressive Era Reform and Reaction (1890s to World War I).”
Presented by Dr. Kimberly Jensen, Professor of History and Gender Studies, Western Oregon University
One hundred years ago women in Oregon faced many challenges and debated questions that resonate in our own day. Oregon women shaped powerful reform movements and forged new civic roles including the achievement of the vote, office holding, and influencing public health, labor, and education reforms. Yet Oregon women were also divided in their visions of female citizenship and how to make a better society. Some women campaigned for the prohibition of alcohol and eugenic sterilization as their expression of a better community. Many women of color, wage-earning, and Socialist women challenged privileged structures of whiteness and the capitalist state. Women debated the nature of sexuality and gender roles even as local and state officials sought to define and constrain them. In this presentation, Dr. Kimberly Jensen will show how Oregon women’s activism during this period is a vital part of our state’s history and the history of the Progressive Era in the nation.
Kimberly Jensen is Professor of History and Gender Studies at Western Oregon University and serves on the editorial boards of the Oregon Encyclopedia and the Oregon Historical Quarterly. She is the author of Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War (University of Illinois Press, 2008) and Oregon’s Doctor to the World: Esther Pohl Lovejoy and a Life in Activism (University of Washington Press, 2012).
Monday, March 2, 2015, 7pm (doors at 6)
Economic Change: Ships to Silicon Chips
April 6, 2015
New Politics: Environmentalism and Civil Rights
Dr. Steven Johnson, Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University
Dr. Marisa Chappell, Professor of History, Oregon State University
May 4, 2015
Thinking About Oregon
Dr. Richard Etulain, Emeritus Professor of History, University of New Mexico
Dr. Jane Hunter, Professor of History, Lewis & Clark College