Mary Oberst

Mary Oberst serves on the Oregon Geographic Names Board. As Oregon’s First Lady (2003-2011), she led the capital campaign to restore the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum in John Day, Oregon’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, and the effort to create Oregon’s Main Street program.

Author's Entries

  • Oregon Black Pioneers (organization)

    Oregon Black Pioneers, an all-volunteer group founded in Salem in 1993, aims to preserve the rich heritage and culture of Oregon’s African Americans through collections and programs that promote scholarly research and public use. Oregon Black Pioneers partners with academic consultants and history organizations throughout Oregon to conduct research, compile historical information, and …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Ranald MacDonald (1824-1894)

    Ranald MacDonald (Clatsop Chinook) was a navigator, whaler, tutor, interpreter, and writer. In 1848-1849, he was the first native speaker of English to teach that language in Japan, which had been closed to foreigners for two centuries before he arrived. He also reportedly wrote the first report to Congress by an Indian …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Sarah Winnemucca (1844?-1891)

    Sarah Winnemucca, a Paiute, had a clear purpose in life: “I mean to fight for my down-trodden race while life lasts.” Winnemucca lived part of her adult life on reservations in Oregon and was an important figure in the Bannock Indian War of 1878 before becoming a nationally prominent spokesperson …

    Oregon Encyclopedia