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.
January 5, 2015
It's Not Just Portland: Cities and Towns....and Steamboats and Railroads.
Dr. Carl Abbott, Emeritus Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University
February 2, 2015
Progressive Era and Women
Dr. Kimberly Jensen, Professor of History, Western Oregon University
March 2, 2015
Economic Change: Ships to Silicon Chips
Dr. Daniel Pope, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Oregon
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