Oregon History 101

Eola School


Oregon History 101 was a nine-month public history program series designed to give Oregonians a basic understanding of the state’s significant people, places, and events. Each month, historians presented a chapter of Oregon History, beginning with the earliest peoples and ending with the turn of the twenty-first century. The series emphasized Oregon’s connection to historical themes in American History, including Native history, early exploration, western expansion, race, gender, and social justice, and the post-industrial economy.

Series Editors Dr. Carl Abbott and Dr. William Lang designed the series and invited many of the state’s most distinguished senior scholars to speak. Each presentation featured images from the Oregon Historical Society archives and was filmed and will be made available on the World Wide Web. All events took place at McMenamins Kennedy School (Portland).



 Series Schedule and Speakers

September 8, 2014

Native Life and Pre-Contact
Dr. David Lewis, Cultural Resources Director, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde

October 6, 2014

Exploration and Fur Trade
Dr. William Lang, Emeritus Professor of History, Portland State University
Gregory Shine, Chief Ranger and Historian, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

November 3, 2014

Missionaries, the Oregon Trail, and State-Making
“How the Donation Land Act Created the State of Oregon and Influenced its History.”
Presented by David Johnson, Professor of History, Portland State University

December 1, 2014

“A Good Beginning”: Immigration, Ethnicity, and Racial Exclusion in Oregon, 1850-1910.
Presented by Dr. Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis, Emeritus Professor of History, Washington State University

January 5, 2015

Cities and Towns
It's Not Just Portland: Cities and Towns....and Steamboats and Railroads.
Dr. Carl Abbott, Emeritus Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University

February 2, 2015

“Social Movements, Citizenship, and Civil Liberties: Oregon Women and Progressive Era Reform and Reaction (1890s to World War I).”
Presented by Dr. Kimberly Jensen, Professor of History and Gender Studies, Western Oregon University

March 2, 2015

Economic Change: Ships to Silicon Chips
Dr. Daniel Pope, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Oregon

April 6, 2015

New Politics: Environmentalism and Civil Rights
Dr. Steven Johnson, Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University
Dr. Marisa Chappell, Professor of History, Oregon State University

May 4, 2015

Thinking About Oregon
Dr. Richard Etulain, Emeritus Professor of History, University of New Mexico
Dr. Jane Hunter, Professor of History, Lewis & Clark College