This week, Americans celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday in observance of the non-violent activist's January 15th birthday. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. However, it wasn't officially observed by all 50 states until 2000. Today, it is recognized as a national day of service. According to nationalservice.gov, MLK Day calls "for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a 'Beloved Community.'"
If you weren't able to give back to the community this week due to work or other obligations, not to worry – here's an alternative for you. As part of our history programming, we coordinate a monthly Race Talks discussion in the Gym at the Kennedy School. Race Talks is held every 2nd Tuesday of the month, is always free and is open to guests of all ages.Read More
McMenamins Old Church & Pub is offering a spring meeting special! Conveniently located just off I-5 in Wilsonville, 25 minutes from Portland and 35 minutes from Salem, it is the perfect place to hold your business meeting.Read More
A man walks into a bar and says, "Hey, I've got all this old stuff from when this place used to be a [insert historic building turned McMenamins property here]. Do you want it?"
Yes! We want it! Well, we at least want to hear about it. Keep reading...Read More
A show of hands – how many of you knew that Boon's Treasury is 155 years old? And is considered to be one of the earliest continuously operating businesses in the state of Oregon? And hosted a world-renowned jazz pianist? And once served drinks to Jack Nicholson? Read on...Read More
Each month except December, we host five different history programs at various McMenamins locations, led by historians, experiencers or experts in their fields. They are always free and open to guests of all ages.
Coming up in January, one of our history nights is a program on Klondike Kate, celebrated dancehall girl of the Yukon gold rush, who retired in Bend, OR.Read More
We've told UFO stories, identical triplets stories, before-and-after building renovation stories and beyond – so many great tales and characters and legends have come to light throughout the life of this company. And some of the best insight comes from within.
One of the most fun projects on our plate has been interviewing longtime McMenamins employees about their stories – nothing is off limits. (Well, that's not entirely true; some stuff is better left off the record.) Below are excerpts from interviews with Jon Sokol (Marketing) and John Richen (Breweries).Read More
With the holidays upon us, ‘tis the season of engagements, and with that – engagement parties. Traditionally, the bride's parents would be the ones to throw the first party, followed by the groom's parents. However in this modern era, anyone can be the host or hostess. (A word to the wise, give the couple's parents the opportunity to throw the first party, after that feel free to plan any additional.) Even in the day of social media, texts and instant messaging, the party should be held as close to the date of engagement as possible to get the celebratory spirit rolling.Read More
As we've mentioned here before, many of the guestrooms at the Kennedy School are in the process of being renamed for people who attended the school, taught there, or otherwise had an influence in the school's history – such as Ron the Painter.
Many of you may remember Ron. He spent more than two decades with Pacific Crest Construction and worked on countless McMenamins projects. Ron passed away due to illness in 2010. Below is the text from the framed panel that will hang in the Ron the Painter room at Kennedy.Read More
This Saturday, 11/29/14, the Civil War between the Ducks and the Beavers rages ever onward, fur and feathers flying. Although the Oregon State vs. Oregon match-up was first played in 1894, it isn’t officially the 120th annual event – there were several years during which the game wasn’t played at all and two years in which the game was played twice.
If you can’t make it to the stadium in person, here are a couple local spots where you can be there in spirit, be you a Beaver or be you a Duck. Or watch it on McMenamins screens big and small.
Months ago, our McMenamins artists put out a call for painters to help with the extraordinary amount of artwork that will be needed at the Anderson School property in Bothell, Wa. Here's a bit from the call-for-artists letter:Read More
The holidays are quickly approaching, and if you're in need of private event space for your get-together, select prime dates are available at our charming Wilsonville Old Church & Pub. Conveniently located 20 minutes south of Portland just off I-5, this historic property has two large event spaces to offer.
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of Old St. Francis School in Bend. As with all of our properties, there are a million fascinating stories within its walls, but here, we'll just tell one.
Read on to find out what these things have in common.
Chips & Beer & Old St. FrancisRead More
You may have heard that the formerly named See Food Bar at Hotel Oregon now goes by a grand new moniker – Carter the Great Bar, an allusion to the huge, beautiful poster that hangs just outside the bar in the Paragon Room.
What's the story there? It is one of tricks and mystery, smoke and mirrors, illusion and disillusion.... Because Carter the Great was a world-renown magician.Read More
During the late 1920s to mid-1930s, three national celebrities walked the halls of Kennedy School alongside their fellow students. Not movie stars or athletic phenoms, Robert, Rollo and Richard Palmer were identical triplets.
Today, a guestroom at the Kennedy School is named for the famous Palmer Triplets – here's their story...Read More
There are so many good people doing cool and interesting things underneath this McMenamins' umbrella, and certainly among the most remarkable are the artists and the wondrous work they do all around us!Read More
This week, we head to the West Linn Pub for a closer look at artist Scott Young’s 40-foot wall-and-ceiling mural, inspired in part by Michael Murphy’s novel Golf in the Kingdom (1971). The book was made into a movie in 2010, filmed at Oregon’s Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and “featuring” our own Brian McMenamin as an extra. Interestingly, the novel also inspired the Shivas Irons Society, an organization created in 1992 during the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach whose members combine golf and meditation. Murphy serves on its advisory board, along with Oregon PGA golfer Peter Jacobsen and many others.Read More
Hello from the History Department.
Think you're a McMenamins' history buff? Try this test.Read More
This Saturday, 9/20/14, is a big day. All are welcome to the 8th Annual Slabtown Festival, celebrating the history of this NW Portland neighborhood - and, whaddya know, it's also conveniently the same day as McMenamins Tavern & Pool's 30th Anniversary! So, like we said, this is a big day. And all big days deserve a parade, some beer and a healthy dose of history.Read More
In case you haven't heard yet: The Anderson School is a go.
This is not a drill.
Repeat: The Anderson School is a go.
As has been mentioned here in the past, we are in the process of renaming several of the Kennedy School guestrooms to celebrate the people who attended, worked and taught at the school.
And because it is Back to School Day for children across the land, it seems apt to recall one of Kennedy's former principals. Here is the history plate that will be installed in the Gertrude Ramage room.Read More