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History in the News at Willamette Heritage Center – Thurs., June 15th

“Real Histories of ‘Fake’ News:

The Politics of Journalism in Oregon’s Past”

Thursday, June 15 at 5:30 PM

Willamette Heritage Center | Dye House

The roundtable:

  • Barbara Mahoney, author of The Salem Clique: Oregon’s Founding Brothers (http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/salem-clique)
  • Dick Hughes, founder and principle of Hughesisms LLC and long-time reporter, columnist, and editor at the Statesman Journal
  • Seth Cotlar, professor of history at Willamette University.

For more information on these speakers and the program, see the History in the News webpage (https://www.willametteheritage.org/history-in-the-news/) or our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1109135295897953/

Hope to see you Thursday in the WHC’s Dye House from 5:30-7pm.

Our friends from Taproot Lounge & Café will have delicious food and beverage available for purchase.

The program is free and open to the public.

ECOFEST – Part for the Planet in #SalemOR – Sat., June 17th


EcoFest is a family-friendly, educational outdoor festival hosted by the Straub Environmental Center in partnership with the City of Salem slated for June 17, 2017 at Riverfront Park.

EcoFest will feature:

  • a showcase of businesses offering earth-friendly products and services;
  • hands-on educational displays and activities provided by local non-profit organizations;
  • nature walks;
  • a “Green Energy Area” highlighting renewable energy and alternative-fueled cars;
  • a rock climbing wall and obstacle relay course for kids;
  • yoga classes;
  • music;
  • educational performances;
  • local food carts; and,
  • craft beers and wine!

more information…

ART Supply Swap at #SalemOR Public Library – June 3rd


Festival Chorale! In #SalemOR – May 21st

festival-chorale-oregon-60MARS and VENUS: SONGS FOR MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CHOIRS

May 21, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Elsinore Theatre | 170 High St SE, Salem OR

We’ll be presenting beautiful compositions for men’s and women’s choirs, exploring rich repertoire we haven’t had the chance to explore in FCO.

Accompanied by grand piano, solo instruments, and occasionally a cappella, our women will perform, among other selections, “Nigra Sum” by Pablo Casals, “Tyrley,Tyrlow” by Gustav Holst, and “Aure volanti” by Renaissance composer Francesca Caccini. The tenors and basses will sing a variety of pieces, anchored by the rarely performed “Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard” by Benjamin Britten, whose text is a medieval account of betrayal, intrigue, and murder The choir will conclude by performing together, just to prove it can!

Festival Chorale

General Admission:  $20*

Senior (62 and up): $15*

Students:  $5

* “Sing We Now of Christmas”  tickets are $10; free for 12 and under.

Tickets available:

  • at the door
  • Festival Chorale members have tickets for purchase by family and friends.
  • at Elsinore Theatre Ticket Office (190 High St. SE., Salem) and TicketsWest (Safeway TicketsWest outlet and online).

New Exhibit! At Hallie Ford Museum of Art in #SalemOR: TURNED ON! The Am. Blacklight Poster, 1967-71

Turned On!

Turned On!: The American Blacklight Poster, 1967-71

May 13 – July 16, 2017

Hallie Ford Museum of Art | Study Gallery

Organized by artist Gary Westford and drawn from his personal collection, Turned On!: The American Blacklight Poster, 1967-71 offers viewers an opportunity to experience the fun of stepping into a 60s style blacklight room featuring 10 posters and an Op art dress.

In the late 1960s, poster artists experimented by using printing inks that fluoresced under blacklight bulbs that emitted ultraviolet light. In darkened rooms lit with these special lights, the blacklight posters appeared to glow and magically radiate their own light. The blacklight poster industry took off in studios all over the country, but was primarily centered on the West Coast.

These popular posters were marketed across the United States and were often designed in celebration of the liberation and freedom that was, in part, associated with the utilization of psychedelic drugs and the search for new or “alternative” realities. To that end, the subject matter of these posters included colorfully idealized visions of wild and idyllic “psychedelic” landscapes; images of handsome young hippies; rock stars such as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and Janis Joplin; Hells Angels bikers; Jesus Christ; the peace and earth movements; Native American, African American, and Mexican American heroes; and artfully complex non-objective geometric prints that referenced Op Artists’ use of high-intensity color contrasts.

More Information including Companion Exhibitions:

  • This exhibition is part of 3 exhibitions that collectively celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

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Catch more psychedelic fun with the major exhibition Behind the Beyond: Psychedelic Posters and Fashion, 1966-71, opening June 3 and continuing through August 26, 2017, in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery and the Maribeth Collins Lobby.

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  • The 60s: Pop and Op Art Prints from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation exhibition explores the Pop and Op art movements and how they significantly influenced the development of psychedelic posters and fashion. This exhibition opens on May 13 in the Print Study Center and continues through October 22, 2017.

Wednesday Evening Film Series at Historic Elsinore Theatre in #SalemOR

IMG_1125Singin’ In The Rain

1h 43min | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 11 April 1952 (USA)

Wednesday, MAY 17, 2017 starting at 7:00 PM

Historic Elsinore Theatre

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

Starring: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.


PRICE $6.00


Historic Elsinore Theatre
170 High St SE
Salem OR 97301-3608
(503) 375-3574

History in the News at Willamette Heritage Center in #SalemOR – May 18th

True-Sons-of-Freedom-Library-of-CongressHistory in the News Presents:

Citizenship and Civil Liberties on the World War I Home Front

Thursday, May 18th • 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

at the Willamette Heritage Center

May’s History in the News program is presented in partnership with the Oregon Historical Society and features a presentation by and discussion with Dr. Adriane Lentz-Smith, Dr. Kimberly Jensen, and Dr. Steve Sabol.

Americans fought their wars for democracy at home as well as abroad. Wartime propaganda and policies defined new rules for the status and practice of citizenship in Oregon and across the nation. Women activists, for example, claimed a more complete female citizenship. For women of color and women in ethnic communities, this push intersected with claims and contestations rooted in their racial and ethnic identities and pushed back against a system of white racism that seemed destined and determined to expand. Native Americans, African Americans, immigrants, and hosts of others all engaged in war-related debates and activism that furthered their ongoing claims to civic rights and obligations. Some saw the promise of citizenship through wartime loyalty in support of government programs and the war effort. Others claimed a citizen’s right to dissent, often paying a high price to do so. This panel will provide audiences an overview of these histories and create opportunity for discussion about their ongoing legacies today.

Kimberly Jensen is Professor of History and Gender Studies at Western Oregon University. She is the author of Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War (2008) and is completing a book project “Civic Borderlands: Oregon Women, Citizenship, Civil Liberties and the Surveillance State, 1913-1925.”

Adriane Lentz-Smith is Associate Professor of History, Women’s Studies, and African & African-American Studies at Duke University. A historian of the black freedom struggle and the United States in the World, she is the author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I. She is currently working on a new book project on African Americans and state violence in the post-civil-rights years.

Steven Sabol is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  His forthcoming book, “The Touch of Civilization”: Comparing American and Russian Internal Colonization, is scheduled to be published by the University Press of Colorado in February 2017. In addition, he is co-editing North Carolina During the First World War, forthcoming in late 2017 with the University of Tennessee Press.  He is the former editor of two different scholarly journals, Nationalities Papers and First World War Studies.

History in the News is FREE and open to the public!

Food and drink will be available for purchase from Taproot Lounge & Cafe.

Join us for History in the News on the third Thursday of each month through November.

History in the News is presented in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities and is sponsored by KMUZ Community Radio with the support of our communications partner, Salem City Club.