5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Portland, OR, 97211
Monday, October 30, 2023
McMenamins and Oregon Historical Society present
Kennedy School - Kennedy School Theater
6pm doors, 7pm program
$5 advance tickets, $6 at door
All ages welcome
6pm doors, 7pm program$5 advance tickets, $6 at doorAll ages welcome
family history is bound to expose some skeletons in the closet. Julie Carr
tells the story of her great-grandfather, Omer Madison Kem, a spiritualist,
three-term Nebraskan congressman, and founding member of the Populist Party. In
Oregon, Kem owned a power company and became a fanatical eugenicist, who
advocated for the forced sterilization of those deemed "unfit to breed" (a
racist ideology later executed by the Nazis). Featuring a screening of Carolina
Ebeid's short film featuring archival images, Carr's presentation focuses on
the ties between the American eugenics movement, the ghosts of spiritualism,
and contemporary US fascism and white supremacy.
Author Julie Carr's most recent books are Mud, Blood,
and Ghosts: Populism, Eugenics, and Spiritualism in the American West; Real
Life: An Installation; and the essay collection, Someone Shot My Book.
She lives in Denver where she is the co-founder of Counterpath Press and a
professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
These events are open to
everyone interested in Pacific Northwest
history, and beyond! Often co-sponsored by local or state historical and civic organizations, we
bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers, historians and documentaries expounding on topics from indigenous history to the birth of Portland, early explorers
to hop growing, and on and on! It's like being
back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable
seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.
This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp
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