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February 2012

Reflecting on Oregon's History

Force for Change coverRemembering cover"It is a gift to look back and unpack everything in between then and now and reflect aloud. How many of us get to do that before we become dust?" —Avel Louise Gordly

The theme of this year’s African American History Month, “Honoring Black Women in American Culture and History,” is an irresistible opportunity to highlight two books that tell the story of significant women in Oregon's history.

Remembering the Power of Words recounts the personal and professional journey of Avel Louise Gordly, the first African-American woman elected to the Oregon Senate. (Note: On February 27, Gordly will be among the honorees at the First Annual Black History Makers event at Portland Prime Restaurant.)

Kimberley Mangun's A Force for Change, winner of a WILLA Award, explores the life and work of African American journalist Beatrice Morrow Cannady, one of Oregon's most dynamic civil rights activists. The Oregon Historical Society's African American History Month page includes a link to a photograph of Beatrice Morrow Cannady. The Oregon Encyclopedia also has an informative page on Cannady—and both sites have many more resources to explore.

Here at Oregon State University, the Oregon Multicultural Archives has created a month-long physical exhibit featuring the Urban League of Portland, an organization with which Avel Louise Gordly has long been involved. If you can’t visit the Valley Library to see it in person, the Digital Collection in Flickr includes a wonderful collection of photographs. (Their display last year focused on the BSU 1969 Walkout. The archives also holds oral histories collected from OSU basketball players Charlie White and Norm Monroe.)

Other books of interest from OSU Press:

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Celebrating with Heart: Oregon Turns 153

On February 14, the state of Oregon marks 153 years. This coming week some of our Portland-area colleagues and collaborators are offering fabulous opportunities to toast Oregon's rich history.

On Monday, Feb. 13, 7 pm, noted historian Richard Etulain—who contributed the foreword to Eileen O'Keeffe McVicker's Child of Steens Mountain—presents on "Abraham Lincoln and the American West During the Civil War Era" as part of the Oregon Encyclopedia's History Nights series. His talk happens at McMenamin's Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland.

Brian photoCome one, come all to a combined celebration of Oregon's birthday and a release party for The Bear Deluxe Magazine #33 on Tuesday, February 14th—the party begins at 6 pm. "An Oregon Valentine" features author Brian Doyle and others. Festivities include Valentine card-making, author readings, birthday cake, and open mic valentines and prizes. You are invited to bring along your valentine or make one up at the event. Prepare for a full evening of fun: 6-7 pm reception and Valentine card making; 7-8:15 author readings; 8:15 birthday cake; 8:30-915 open mic valentines (152-word limit); 9:15-9:30 reception and prizes. The party happens at Zoomtopia and the Mouth Studio, 810 SE Belmont, Portland. It's sponsored by Orlo, the Oregon Cultural Trust Heritage Commission, OSU Press, and the NW Film Center—and it's free!

Jim ScheppkeAfter exemplary service, Oregon State Librarian Jim Scheppke—whom OSU Press is proud to welcome to our Editorial Advisory Board—stepped down at the end of 2011. All are invited to a celebration of his many contributions to our libraries and literary life at a free event in Central Library's U.S. Bank Room, 801 SW 10th Ave, Portland, on Wednesday, February 15. The reception starts at 6:15 pm; the program—which features Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Peterson, Oregon Library Association President Abigail Elder, Multnomah County Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke, poet David Hedges, and Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission President David Milholland, along with surprise guests—begins at 7 p.m.

Moonstruck eventThe Oregon Historical Society is offering free admission on Tuesday, February 14 to celebrate Oregon Statehood Day. Drop by at noon to meet former Governors Victor Atiyeh and Barbara Roberts and to enjoy a piece of 153rd birthday cake. Check out all of OHS's rich offerings celebrating Oregon history. Then on Sunday, February 19, Barbara Roberts returns for a 2 pm conversation with OHS's Kerry Tymchuk, who will interview the former Governor about her amazing life and career.

Later that same day, Sunday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 pm, Barbara Roberts is the featured guest at Moonstruck Chocolate Café in Lake Oswego. (45 S State St, Ste 130F, Lake Oswego)

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On a final note, if all of these birthday parties whet your appetite to know more, OSU Press has a book coming this spring just for you. Tom Marsh's history of Oregon government and politics, To the Promised Land, will be available in May.

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Deanna Paniataaq Kingston, Scholar and Advocate

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All are invited to a celebration of Deanna Kingston’s life
Monday, February 6, 1 to 3 p.m.

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After several years struggling with cancer, the author of a forthcoming OSU Press book passed away in December. Dr. Kingston, who was an associate professor of anthropology at Oregon State University, was in the process of finalizing the manuscript for her book “Niglarugut Ugiuvangmiuguruagut: We King Islanders are Wolf Dancing," part of the First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies initiative. Read their blog post about Deanna.

Oregon State University’s tribute to Deanna highlights her many personal and professional accomplishments. She received the 2010 Phylllis S. Lee Award from OSU for her dedication to social justice; at the time of her death she was principal investigator on two National Science Foundation grants. (Read NSF's tribute.)

OSU Press plans to move forward with the book project in partnership with the OSU Anthropology Department. As acquisitions editor Mary Elizabeth Braun shares, “Deanna was a gifted and innovative scholar who spent much of her career working for her community, including creating a website for the King Island Placenames Project and many long-term efforts in documenting traditional ecological knowledge.”

(Photo courtesy of Life @ OSU.)

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