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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Jan 9 2015

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...

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Dec 19 2014

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.

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Dec 11 2014

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).

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Dec 4 2014

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.

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Nov 25 2014

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.

 

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Nov 20 2014

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:

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Nov 14 2014

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. Francis

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Oct 31 2014

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.

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Oct 23 2014

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...

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Oct 17 2014

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! 

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Oct 10 2014

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.

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Oct 1 2014

Hello from the History Department.

Think you're a McMenamins' history buff? Try this test.

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