Donna Sinclair, M.A., is program manager at the Center for Columbia River History and president of the Northwest Oral History Association. She has worked as an independent historian since the late 1990s. In addition to researching and writing histories of Arlington Club and the Fort Vancouver National Site, she has served as oral historian for the Oregon Historical Society, Reed College, and the U.S. District Court of Oregon. She is currently in the PSU Urban Studies Ph.D. program. Her research areas are policy and narrative theory and method.
In 1910, the exclusive, all-male Arlington Club built its permanent home at 811 Southwest Salmon Street in Portland. Over a hundred years later, the invitation-only, 600-person club is overwhelmingly male and includes a range of members, from lawyers and politicians to developers and university presidents. Members pay an initiation …