Conor Casey 2017-03-09 11:08:35
In anticipation of ARCHIVES 2017, alike/different, SAA’s Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, July 23–29, the SAA Host Committee offers online resources designed to give you a glimpse into Portland’s rich social history. Portland is known for being bike-friendly with an easy-to-use light rail, but nothing beats a good long walk to really experience a city. Attendees at ARCHIVES 2017 have some great resources for setting up independent walking tours to explore sites around the city that reflect Portland’s labor, social justice, civil rights, Jewish, LGBTQ, and women’s rights histories. Besides, you may need that walk after trying Portland’s delicious Blue Star donuts! PDX Social History Guide The PDX Social History Guide website and app share the city’s history with users as they walk around the Portland metro area. With sections on African American, Chinese American, Native American, and Jewish American communities, the PDX Social History Guide features a variety of stories relating to labor, women’s, and LGBTQ history, along with Old Town Portland—all with images, brief descriptions, and recorded commentary. Women’s History Entries chronicling significant women and women-led organizations can be found in both the PDX Social History Guide app and on the Wayfinder website. Emphasis in the PDX Social History Guide is placed on women’s suffrage and suffragists, their headquarters, the First Congregational Church, and the Portland Women’s Club. Oregon History Wayfinder users can select “Women” among the advanced search themes to find a range of local sites to explore. Oregon Historical Society’s Online Resources Connected to OHS’s Oregon History Project, the Oregon History Wayfinder website provides users with an interactive map to find historically significant sites associated with notable people and events in the Portland area. Users can read about these sites by clicking the links to OHS’s Oregon Encyclopedia. Ethnic Community History Combined, the PDX Social History Guide and the Oregon Encyclopedia/Oregon History Wayfinder have abundant resources related to ethnic, racial, and religious communities, such as the African American, Chinese American, Indigenous, and Jewish American communities in Portland. Special highlights include the Corkish Apartments, Ingram Park, and the Psychedelic Supermarket. Native American-related stories are mostly exurban, although these are no less telling of the area’s rich history, such as the oral history of indigenous activist and Portland resident Ed Edmo. Labor and Working Class History Using the PDX Social History Guide and Oregon History Wayfinder, visitors can locate important sites specific to labor and working class history. Many sites are connected to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the dock and port workers’ union that has played a formative role in Portland’s history since even before the pivotal 1934 Pacific Coast Maritime Strike. And in downtown southwest Portland, one can visit the location of the ghosted memorial of longshore union leader Francis Murnane. The Host Committee is excited to welcome you to Portland. Remember to pack a good pair of walking shoes! Oregon Encyclopedia: https://oregonencyclopedia.org Oregon History Project: https://oregonhistoryproject.org Oregon History Wayfinder: http://oregonhistorywayfinder.org PDX Social History Guide: http://pdxsocialhistory.org
Published by Society of American Archivists. View All Articles.