Aug 24 2015

With the Anderson School grand opening less than two months away, the artists - McMenamins' signature team along with contracted local artists from the greater Seattle area - are working steadily and with great creativity! Here are just a few examples of their work, based on historical photos, interviews and articles that Tim provided that came from the school, the alumni, Bothell Historical Society, local families and others. 

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Aug 18 2015

The Broadway Pub in NE Portland has a meeting space called the Gladstone Room. Who was Gladstone and what is his connection to the pub? Is there any connection at all? Wellll, yes and no...

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Aug 11 2015

Fred Eckhardt, legendary craft beer writer, brewing enthusiast and good friend to McMenamins, passed away on August 10th at the age of 89. He was one of the (if not the) most influential person in Oregon craft brewing. He self-published A Treatise on Lager Beers: A Handbook for Americans and Canadians on Lager Beer in 1969-70, long before anyone else was writing about home brewing and before it was even legal. The book went through several reprints and still remains a bible to those who home brew. One online review said: "When my friends want to know how to understand the beer they are drinking, this is the book I recommend. Note that I do NOT lend them my copy; I would not want to be without it." Fred wrote several other books on brewing into the mid-‘90s, including one on the art of sake brewing.

Below are some quotes from Fred during his tenure as the Dean of Beer Writing, rounding out with a few lines from one of his favorite songs. And this lovely new painting by artist Olivia Behm will grace the Fred Eckhardt room at the Anderson School in Bothell. It is just one of many murals and panels and orbs that have or will have Fred's jovial, waxed-moustached face on them for years to come.

 

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Aug 4 2015

Three sisters have discovered an old trunk in the attic of their family home. The trunk is locked and the sisters can see the key to the trunk hanging just inside the fireplace. Before they can reach it, the ghost of their ancestor, Squire Boone, appears in the form of a hovering flame that settles just below the key, making it too hot to touch.

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Jul 21 2015

This weather can make one think longingly of gin and tonics. As you may know, our Penney’s Gin is a 90 proof American dry gin produced at Edgefield Distillery. Per our own description: “It is handcrafted using the traditional English method in which pure grain spirit is distilled alone, with its vapors passing through carefully selected botanicals. Ingredients include whole juniper berry, sweet orange peel, lemon peel, freshly zested lime and cardamom. The aroma is rich in juniper and fresh citrus, making it ideal for spring- and summertime cocktails.”

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Jul 14 2015

As has been mentioned here in the past, several of the Kennedy School guestrooms have been renamed to celebrate the people who attended, worked and taught at the school. With another school year soon coming to a close, we look back at one woman who dedicated four decades of her life to children’s education.

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Jul 7 2015

This week, we take a look at one of our properties' direct connections to the Civil War - no, not the yearly Ducks/Beavers mêlée, but the actual War Between the States (April 1861-May 1865). The beautiful Salem home that is known today as the Thompson Brewery & Public House was built by hand by a Civil War vet and his son in 1905 - Franklin Thompson's story is below.

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Jun 30 2015

Ponder this true story of Dominic O’Connor, an actual Irish hero who finished out a celebrated life in central Oregon and assisted in the founding of the Old St. Francis School.

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Jun 23 2015

Have you been to the Rams Head yet, to try a little something off their updated cocktail list?

Maybe a Fremont Furnace (Aval Pota, Herbal Liqueur No. 7, honey, lemon, hot apple cider, heavy whipping cream and cinnamon) on this dark and rainy day? Or a Mai Tai (Maui Dark, Appleton VX, Clement Creole Shrubb, housemade orgeat and lime) to remind you of sunnier days gone by? Or, heck, try a trio of Jellies to take you back to your college and/or tailgating days.

This cozy spot has long been a good place to settle in to enjoy a drink – read on… 

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Jun 16 2015

The Expose Yourself to Art (1978) poster, featuring soon-to-be Portland mayor Bud Clark flashing a bronze statue, was photographed by local journalist Mike Ryerson. The poster was initially conceived by Clark and Ryerson as a fundraising effort for the Venereal Disease Action Council. However, it struck a chord with people worldwide and went on to sell well over a quarter-million copies in just five years (and many more since then). 

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Jun 9 2015

We’ve been partners with the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) on our Kennedy School’s monthly History Pub series for nearly 10 years now, exploring such far-reaching topics as Oregon’s wine industry’s migrant workers, the Chemewa Indian School, WWII conscientious objectors, the history of Pickathon and beyond.

 In March, in honor of Black History Month, we took a look back at the Vanport flood catastrophe, a day in Oregon history that affected thousands of African Americans in the region. 

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Jun 3 2015

Congratulations to McMenamins Queen Anne – a.k.a. Roy Street – that celebrated its 20th anniversary this year! Below is the location’s history within the context of a growing city, along with some current updates from manager Leslie Garno and GM Amie Budelman.

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May 22 2015

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. One of those is Steve Hutton, the Kennedy School’s Scottish janitor – today’s Boiler Room Bar was his domain. He made lasting, lifelong impressions on generations of kids who attended Kennedy.

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May 22 2015

April 15th marked the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. OregonLive posted an interesting story this afternoon about The Oregonian’s coverage of the event – the news only having reached this far west three days after the shooting. 

Were you aware that in 1906, the original owners of what is known today as McMenamins White Eagle, Barney Sobolewski and Joe Hryszko, were embroiled in a supposed assassination plot against a U.S. president?

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Apr 17 2015

The short answer is that it is the code name of an alleged 12-man organization created by President Harry S. Truman in 1947 to manage UFO and extraterrestrial investigations while maintaining strict secrecy.

The long answer gets much more involved and sounds like an episode of The X-Files.

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Apr 10 2015

Have you been to the Rams Head yet, to try a little something off their updated cocktail list?

Maybe a Fremont Furnace (Aval Pota, Herbal Liqueur No. 7, honey, lemon, hot apple cider, heavy whipping cream and cinnamon) on this dark and rainy day? Or a Mai Tai (Maui Dark, Appleton VX, Clement Creole Shrubb, housemade orgeat and lime) to remind you of sunnier days gone by? Or, heck, try a trio of Jellies to take you back to your college and/or tailgating days.

This cozy spot has long been a good place to settle in to enjoy a drink – read on…

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Apr 8 2015

FlyingGuyThe McMenamins artists have been working for months on new history-based artwork for McMenamins Anderson School, opening October 15, 2015 in Bothell, WA.

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Jan 30 2015

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.

Spring is not far off, and that means one thing to millions of kids across the nation: it's nearly baseball season. In tribute to spring tryouts, here's the story of a Kennedy grad who made it all the way to the top before coming back home to Portland.

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Jan 23 2015

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.

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Jan 16 2015

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...

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