Hank – Janet took me and Kathy to this museum and it was wonderful. I learned some Oregon history I was not aware of. I knew that African-Americans were barred from the state by the original state constitution and that there was a “lash law” prescribing 37 lashes every six months to any black person who failed to leave the state. It wasn’t used much, if at all, but it’s still part of the state’s sordid past.
One exhibit was all artistic quilts. One of Janet’s friends has a quilt on the wall there. There was also an exhibit on The Beatles. They had a map of the US with a ticket for each if the concerts in the state where they performed during their 1964 US and Canada tour. My former boss, Sally, went to the 1964 Seattle concert when she was 16 years old. She said she just screamed like all the other girls. Too funny.
Kathy – I really enjoyed the Oregon Historical Society Museum. It is a true gem. There is so much interesting information and it is displayed very nicely too. I learned a lot about Oregon’s history today. I also loved all the quilts that were on display. If you are in the Portland, Oregon area be sure to check this museum out. You will not be disappointed.