Oh, if only the walls could speak!
We do our best to help them out, documenting the fantastic histories of many of our properties – our historian interviews local residents and descendants, researches photographs and new clippings and more, before putting together the many incredible stories behind our places. You can find these historical tidbits, along with galleries and timelines on individual locations' web pages... look for the "History" tab on the left!
Did You Know...?
Did you know that the McMenamins history department offers special History Pub programming each month at several of our locations?
For these free, all-ages events, we team up with various partners (Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center, Oregon Encyclopedia, the Wilsonville Public Library, Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society and Des Chutes Historical Museum) to bring in expert speakers (professors, historians, eyewitnesses and others) to talk about facets of Pacific Northwest history. And guests are welcome to enjoy a beer or two and a meal during the presentation.
Popular topics have included "Celilo Falls Revisited: A Photo Lecture," "The Winding Stream: A Celebration of Country Music's Carter-Cash Family," "Easy Company Soldier: Don Malarkey's Account of the Band of Brothers and WWII" and "Big-League Baseball in Slabtown."
Furthermore, the McMenamins history department is honored to host a monthly series at the Kennedy School called Race Talks: Opportunities for Dialogue, moderated by Donna Maxey, in which issues surrounding race in Oregon, both historically and up to the present time, are explored and discussed. Recent topics have included “The Law & Racial/Ethnic Profiling,” “Interracial Couples” and “Fasten Your Seatbelts! It's Been A Bumpy Ride: Historic Tours of Discrimination in Portland.”
For lists of upcoming history events see:
History Pub Mondays at Kennedy School
Race Talks at Kennedy School
Oregon Encyclopedia History Night at Edgefield
Oregon Encyclopedia Night at Old St. Francis
Oregon Encyclopedia Night at the Mission Theater
Wilsonville History Night
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Watch recorded History Pub and Race Talks presentations in full