Apr 29 2014

The Irish holidays we celebrate (St. Patrick's Day and Halfway to St. Patrick's Day) make sense, because, you know... McMenamin. (And beer.) The Syrah Festival at Edgefield, sure, because of the grapes and the winery and such. The UFO Festival seems at first glance to be a stretch, but once you know the story, it falls into place.

So... why do we throw a Crown the Eagle Festival, again?

Here's why.

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Apr 29 2014

Every month, our department hosts and helps coordinate History Nights at various McMenamins venues. These events are always free and open to guests of all ages, featuring regional historians and experts talking about incidents, characters, events, architecture and more that influenced Pacific Northwest history.

On April 29 and May 5, two of our events have an interesting connection – Oregon's involvement in slavery prior to the Civil War and resulting Emancipation Proclamation. Holmes v. Ford (1853) was the only Oregon legal case dealing with slavery. One event will be led by a historian/author, while the other will feature a best-selling novelist.

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Apr 24 2014

Oly ProhibitionWhat the––? What the heck is happening here? Wasting perfectly good beer and spirits like that?

Well, that, obviously, is an example of Prohibition in action.

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Apr 17 2014

Dr. MarthaOne way we celebrate notable people tied in with the history of our properties is to name hotel rooms in their honor. Lately, we've been working with a wonderful, and wonderfully eclectic, assemblage of folks who collectively are the namesakes of Kennedy School's original guest rooms.

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Apr 9 2014

RicklesIt's not every day you can draw a line from one of our joints to legendary comedian Don Rickles, "The Insultin' Sultan," so when opportunity arises - even if it's a bit of a curvy line - you gotta go with it.

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Apr 1 2014

MontroseMontrose Ringler, Portland's  Jazz-Age dance hall king, launched his dance boat Blue Bird on July 28, 1920, in hopes of skirting around the scrutiny of  Lola Baldwin, head of the city's Women's Protective Division, who for years had been severely restricting Ringler's public dances at the Crystal Ballroom and his other dance halls around the city.

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