Extremely high lead levels close Salem multi-use commercial buildingOregon Health Authority - 03/24/17 1:35 PM
Resending to clarify lead level measurements and add information on blood lead testing.
March 24, 2017
Extremely high lead levels close Salem multi-use commercial building
State finds levels of the metal were significantly above federal standards, prompting building owner to voluntarily close for air sampling, clean-up
PORTLAND, OR--A multi-use commercial building in Salem that once stored and finished batteries has closed for testing, inspection and clean-up after state regulators confirmed that lead dust levels on several interior surfaces were significantly above national health protection standards.
The owner of the building at 576 Patterson St. NW in Salem, which contains at least six businesses, agreed Thursday to voluntarily shutter the structure at the request of the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Occupational Safety & Health, effective immediately. The agencies had reviewed results of tests on dust wipe samples taken from more than 20 spots around the interior of the building and determined the lead dust levels that were found posed a public health threat to those visiting and working in the building.
The building owner moved immediately to fence the entire facility and personally contact all business owners in the building to inform them of the closure. Among the businesses in the building are a CrossFit gym with a small childcare facility; a home renovation firm; a baseball training facility with indoor batting cages; a catering business; a roller skating rink; and storage and office space. A microbrewery also is under construction in the building.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency limits for lead levels at child care facilities are 40 micrograms per square foot on floors, 250 micrograms per square foot for windowsills and 400 micrograms per square foot for window troughs. Many of the samples collected in the 576 Patterson building had lead levels of many thousands of micrograms per square foot--one sample taken from the brewery floor was measured at 2,115.45 micrograms per square foot. A windowsill in the brewery was measured at 6,127.44 micrograms per square foot.
The highest sample in the building was taken from an electrical panel in a batting cage, found at 188,636 micrograms per square foot; and another on a girder above a roller skating rink was at 179,654 micrograms per square foot. Only one sample--on the CrossFit facility floor--was measured at less than 5 micrograms per square foot.
"Chronic, long-term exposure to lead is a serious concern. When we see levels of dangerous contaminants such as lead at extremely high levels that potentially endanger public health, our goal is to stop the source of the exposure," said Katrina Hedberg, MD, state health officer at the OHA Public Health Division. "This is why we encouraged the building's owner to close immediately, and fortunately, the owner acted without delay."
DEQ recommended the owners of the facility test for lead inside the old building on site, which the owners voluntarily agreed to in late February. The owners wanted to see what actions they would need to take for DEQ to lift deed restrictions in place on the site since the 1990s following cleanups to remove concrete flooring and soil contaminated with lead beneath it. In 2016 the owners entered the site into DEQ's Voluntary Cleanup Program, which provides oversight to property owners who want to clean up hazardous-substance sites in a voluntary, cooperative manner.
While the extent of the public's exposure to areas of the building with the highest lead dust levels and the precise degree of the health risks are not known, children are most at risk of long-term health effects because their bodies absorb more lead than adults' and their brains are still developing, according to EPA. Infants and young children are often exposed to more lead than adults because they put their hands and other objects contaminated with lead from dust or soil into their mouths. Even low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in behavior and learning problems, such as lower IQ and hyperactivity.
Hedberg says there is no evidence of human illness related to exposures at the facility.
DEQ plans to inspect the 576 Patterson building in the coming days, and Oregon OSHA will work with the building owner to conduct air monitoring during and after clean-up of the interior. OHA also is encouraging anyone who is concerned about past lead exposure to see their health care providers and get screened for elevated blood lead levels.
Polk County Public Health is offering free blood lead testing for children ages 1-18 and pregnant or breastfeeding women who may have been exposed to lead while inside the building. Testing will be offered March 28, 4-7 p.m., at Polk County's West Salem location, 1520 Plaza St. NW, Salem. Those interested can call 503-623-8175 for more information.
Other adults and parents of children younger than 1 should seek testing through their primary care provider or pediatrician. The testing, though important, is not considered an emergency and does not need to happen immediately.
For more information on lead exposure and health, visit http://www.healthoregon.org/lead.
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Union County Farm Bureau president talks respect for water, opposition to billsOregon Farm Bureau - 03/22/17 1:32 PM
[On March 22, the House Energy & Environment Committee will hold hearings on two costly water-related bills: HB 2705, which would require farmers outside irrigation districts to install expensive measuring devices on all water diversions, and HB 2706, which would impose a $100 tax on water rights.]
In the heart of the scenic Grand Ronde River Valley in far eastern Oregon, along Catherine Creek, Jed Hassinger, president of Union County Farm Bureau, raises an interesting mix of crops: peppermint, sunflowers, wheat, and grass seed.
He and his brother Seth are the fifth generation to run the family farm and keep a proud agricultural heritage thriving.
"Over the years we've learned to manage this land well. We take pride in it and really value that," said Hassinger. "It's important that we're good environmental stewards so future generations can enjoy the same farming productivity and wildlife and all the aesthetic values we enjoy now."
But when he hears about bills that would substantially increase his farm's costs -- and specifically a $100-per-water-right fee with HB 2706 -- it frustrates him.
"They call it a 'management fee,' but you pay money when you apply for a water right. It seems like another tax, which is not insignificant if it's for the maximum $1,000 a year," he said. "It's especially tough now when commodity prices are so low and margins are so slim, to have that kind of a tax added on to our farm's expenses when we could be putting that toward more efficient irrigation infrastructure or upgrading equipment."
Oregon's farmers already pay a significant amount to maintain the infrastructure needed to deliver water to their crops, including increasing electricity costs. The value of a water right is already part of the property values they pay taxes on every year.
This new fee would not go to providing any direct benefit to family farms. Instead, it would go to the Department of Water Resources (OWRD) for administrative costs and studies.
Meanwhile, HB 2705 would require measurement and reporting for all water rights outside of irrigation districts and cities. The proposal would require installation of costly measurement devices and authorizes OWRD to impose a punitive penalty of up to $500 per day with no exceptions for equipment failure.
HB 2705 also is impractical for many farm and ranch families. Technologically advanced measurement devices are expensive, and would be particularly so for farms with multiple diversion points. HB 2705 is an unnecessary cost burden on rural households.
Most of Oregon's farmers are already exemplary environmental stewards, committed to doing more with less without state-mandated measurement systems. These families care about maintaining a healthy environment -- they depend on it for their livelihood -- and are constantly striving to conserve water, improve soil health, increase energy efficiency, and, of course, raise the highest-quality crops possible.
For example, a few years ago, Hassinger received an Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) grant to experiment with soil moisture sensors.
"It's been a monumental change in the way we manage irrigation," he said. "We have about 75 sensors so we can keep tabs on the exact soil moisture in different fields. We're able to know when to water and how much is needed."
The precise, targeted technology prevents inadvertent over-watering of crops, thereby limiting water runoff, reducing overall water use, and keeping the soil's nutrients intact for the plants.
While it's difficult to know for sure, Hassinger estimates the sensors are to thank for a 15% improvement in water conservation.
The farm is also transitioning to a more-efficient pivot irrigation systems from wheel lines, and uses variable-frequency motors on pumps to save both water and energy.
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The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Reaches Record Low 4.0 Percent in FebruaryOregon Employment Dept. - 03/21/17 10:00 AM
Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to 4.0 percent in February, from 4.3 percent in January. This was the lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon's 4.0 percent unemployment rate was significantly lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.7 percent in February.
In February, the number of unemployed Oregonians dropped to about 82,000, which was the lowest number since August 1995 when about 82,000 were unemployed. By contrast, the labor force has grown from just under 1.7 million in 1995 to over 2.0 million today.
In February, nonfarm payroll employment surged ahead by 8,200 following a revised gain of 700 in January. Government grew the most of the major sectors, as it added 4,400 jobs, rebounding from a loss of 3,400 jobs in January. Similarly, health care and social assistance shot up by 2,400 jobs in February following a loss of 1,700 the prior month. Manufacturing added 1,300 after a loss of 200 in January. Construction continued to grow rapidly by adding 900 jobs in February, following a strong gain of 2,500 in January. Only one major industry cut more than 600 jobs in February as transportation, warehousing and utilities shed 1,400.
Over the past 12 months, payroll employment added 39,900 jobs, or 2.2 percent, which was a slight deceleration from the growth rate near or above 3 percent throughout much of the past four years. Oregon is still growing faster than the U.S. growth rate of 1.6 percent.
Since February 2016, Oregon's growth was very fast in construction, which added 8,900 jobs, or 10.0 percent. Other industries that grew rapidly were health care and social assistance (+8,700 jobs, or 3.8%); financial activities (+3,600 jobs, or 3.8%); and information (+1,100 jobs, or 3.3%). Meanwhile only three industries cut jobs over the year: manufacturing (-400 jobs, or -0.2%); mining and logging (-200 jobs, or -2.6%); and wholesale trade (-200 jobs, or -0.3%).
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The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the February county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, March 28th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for March on Tuesday, April 18th.
The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.
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then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.
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$210,400 awarded in 36 Arts Build Communities grantsOregon Arts Commission - 03/20/17 3:30 PM
Salem, Ore. -- Thirty-six recently awarded Arts Build Communities grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, totaling $210,400, engage the arts as a means of addressing and alleviating community needs.
Among the projects funded by 2017 Arts Build Communities grants are: new public art to revamp the streetscape of Vale while celebrating and reinforcing community collaboration; Slam Across Oregon, bringing together Oregon's young slam poets from diverse rural, urban and suburban backgrounds for a Slamboo competition in Portland; and a public performance and exhibit designed to facilitate a community discussion about homelessness and home insecurity in the Columbia Gorge.
Now in its 21st year, the Arts Build Communities program targets broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences. More than half of the 2017 awards go to communities outside of the Portland Metro region.
"This program provides access to arts and culture activity in underserved populations of the state," says Arts Commissioner Michael Dalton, who led the review panel. "Local citizens employ creative thinking and collective response to identify a local need and provide an arts-based solution. These modest grants also spark and leverage many other investments and resources, serving as a catalyst for greater economic impact."
Arts Build Communities grants frequently serve as seed money to spur additional local support. In recent years Arts Build Communities projects attracted more than $570,000 in leveraged funding, much of it used to pay artists as well as to purchase products and services in the funded communities.
Arts Build Communities grants are made possible through partnership funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Note: Photos available on request.
The 2017 recipients, listed by region, are:
Deschutes Public Library Foundation, Bend, $5,000
To support A Novel Idea, a community reading program that encourages residents to read, discuss and explore a selected book together. The project broadens cultural, social, educational and economic areas of community life by ensuring wide access through partnerships with local artists, organizations and businesses. Grant funds will support the purchase of books and the author's honorarium.
The High Desert Museum, Bend, $7,000
To support Kids Curate, a year-long, hands-on arts program for students in schools that lack art instruction. The program integrates art, science, history and writing into classroom curriculum and gives students an opportunity to learn about arts and cultural career possibilities. Grant funds will support artist fees, supplies and student transportation.
The Museum At Warm Springs, Warm Springs, $5,000
To support the annual Warm Springs Tribal Youth Art Exhibit and its associated programs. The project will encourage students to learn about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse that will travel over Warm Springs, and express what they've learned through art. Grant funds will be used to purchase art supplies, pay art instructors and print notecards and coloring books featuring the art created. The coloring books and notecards will reflect the theme of Sun and Shadow and will be sold in the museum's gift shop to support the 2018 Youth Art Exhibit (the museum's 25th Anniversary).
Bandon School District, Bandon, $5,400
To support the creation of a community mural to promote local youth awareness of pollinator science, led by a muralist in collaboration with school students and the public. Grant funds will support artist fees and mural materials.
City of Lincoln City, Lincoln City, $5,440
To support a comprehensive plan to assist in the selection of public art installations that will align with the city's brand, celebrate its way of life and boost civic pride. Grant funds will support hiring a public art and planning consultant.
Miracle Theatre Group, Astoria, $6,000
To support Milagro's UNIDAD, a bilingual arts and science residency program, in Astoria with workshops and a public performance of the play "El Payaso," an ecodrama that follows the journey of a young Latino with an environmental studies degree. The residency will involve local students in discussing environmental issues facing the Latino population. Grant funds will support teaching artists and related travel expenses.
Cornucopia Arts Council, Halfway, $3,600
To support the 2017 Clear Creek Music Festival, which provides two weeks of musical instruction and performance opportunities for the residents of rural communities in eastern Baker County. University faculty and students will teach and perform up to four public concerts during the festival. Grant funds will support concert fees, instrument rental for local students and instructors for the community chorus, Kids Camp and Brass Camp.
Drexel H. Foundation, Vale, $5,950
To support expenses for the 2017 Teen Art Builds Community public art project, during which local students will create murals and other public art enhancing the local streetscape. A collaboration between city government, schools and the Drexel Foundation, the project is designed to strengthen community pride.
Fishtrap Inc, Enterprise, $7,000
To support The Big Read in Wallowa County. Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried" will inform and inspire discussion about war, veteran's issues and PTSD. The novel offers Fishtrap the opportunity to collaborate with veteran's organizations for the first time. Grant funds will support the purchase and distribution of books to schools and community groups, program staff salaries and program promotion.
Arts in Education of the Gorge, Hood River, $4,500
To support Stories of Home and Homelessness, a multi-disciplinary exploration of homelessness and home insecurity in the Columbia Gorge. Arts in Education of the Gorge teaching artists will conduct storytelling, creative writing and visual art workshops for local youth and adults who have suffered from home insecurity. The goal is to raise community awareness, ignite meaningful dialogue and change public perception and policy regarding homelessness. The project will culminate in a public performance and exhibit of participants' stories and art, followed by a facilitated community discussion focused on developing new ideas to address home insecurity in the Gorge. Grant funds will support artists' fees and workshop materials.
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation, Hood River, $6,690
To support a Music in Healing program for patients, visitors and families served by
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. The program goal is to decrease pain and anxiety through lobby concerts, unit concerts and bedside individual performances. Grant funds will support musician fees and will be matched by hospital foundation funds and in-kind donations.
Alberta Main Street, Portland, $5,600
To support the Equitable Placemaking Historical Markers Project. The design of place-markers will be informed by stories from community members. The project will be collaboratively led by a storyteller and artist to document the history of the African American community on Alberta Street. Grant funds will support artist fees as well as the fabrication and installation of the markers.
Boom Arts, Inc., Portland, $5,600
To support the presentation of Dahlak Brathwaite's "Spiritrials," a work of Hip Hop theatre that addresses race, identity and criminal justice through rap, song and storytelling, at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center. Grant funds will support production expenses and technical fees, as well as staff time and the engagement of a Youth and Community Engagement Liaison.
Circus Project, Portland, $6,300
To support a community-based Social Circus, a global movement that uses the thrill, artistry and wonder of circus arts to inspire social transformation. The project reflects Circus Project's partnership with social service agencies and public schools and will serve more than 300 youth participants. Grant funds will support teaching artist fees, the purchase and maintenance of circus-specific equipment and staff expenses for planning and evaluation.
Clackamas County Arts Alliance, Oregon City, $7,000
To support Youth Arts for Change, a project giving teens an opportunity to share their story via theatre, writing and visual art. Through a series of workshops, participating teens collaborate with professional teaching artists to create an original play or art exhibit for a public presentation and celebration. Grant funds will support artist fees, supplies and collaboration with existing and new partners.
Free Arts NW, Portland, $3,200
To support the painting of a handicapped-accessible city bus and provide arts programming for underserved youth. Free Arts NW facilitators will invite local youth to develop the design that will become a vehicle wrap. The mobile art studio will reduce barriers, offering a safe place for artistic self-expression. Grant funds will fund art supplies and production of the vehicle wrap.
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest, Portland, $4,400
To support five public performances of "Rush Hour" between May and September. The production will include free public rehearsals and offer low-income communities access to professional caliber, thought-provoking art. The performances are scheduled to take place in partnership with Portland community centers, private arts organizations and developers' properties in five diverse Portland neighborhoods. Grants funds will support performers' fees.
Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, $7,000
To support the annual celebration of National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May. Grant funds will support artist fees, the purchase of arts and crafts materials, publicity, an interactive guide for visitors and audio equipment rental.
Literary Arts, Portland, $7,000
To support the 2017 Oregon Book Awards' Author Tour. The tour brings award winners and finalists to eight to 10 communities across the state to teach writing workshops, meet with readers, visit schools and present their work at community gatherings. Libraries, schools, bookstores and writing groups across the state will partner with Literary Arts to produce the tour. Grant funds will support author travel and expenses, promotion and program staff time.
Living Stages, Portland, $5,950
To support a collaborative Theatre Empowerment Initiative, consisting of a series of workshops, trainings and performances. These activities are intended to train and support low-income and houseless community members for personal growth, empowerment and community action through theatre. Grant funds will pay coordination and artist fees, and provide support for participants in the form of food, stipends and transportation assistance.
My Voice Music, Portland, $7,000
To support My Voice Music Camps, giving youth living in foster care or referred by mental health treatment partners the opportunity to write, record and release music to help them cope, heal and thrive in the midst of crisis. Grant funds will support teaching artist fees and student leaders.
Open Hearts Open Minds, Portland, $5,600
To support a theatre production at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Grant funds will support the costs associated with guest artist visits, costumes and props, program facilitation, production rights, music rental, books/scripts, and performance recordings.
Oregon Children's Theatre, Portland, $6,000
To support free performances in rural communities and underserved neighborhoods of the play "Tomás and the Library Lady," the story of a migrant family's son who discovers the imaginative world of reading. Grant funds will support artistic and community engagement expenses, including preparation of Spanish-language materials in support of the production.
Oregon Symphony Association, Portland, $5,600
To support musicNOW, a music therapy program for retirement community residents living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The project is in partnership with Earthtones Music Therapy Services. Performance locations will include a Portland-metro public venue in order to reach those living with memory impairment in private residences.
Oregon Writing Project, Portland, $7,000
To support Slam Across Oregon's poetry event Slamboo. The competition brings together young slam poets from rural, urban and suburban Oregon to collaborate and compete through the art of poetry, enabling them to develop relationships built on empathy and understanding. Grant funds will support slam events, guest coaches and a printed anthology.
Portland Opera, Portland, $4,000
To support Opera a la Cart, a mobile music venue that will be used for more than 40 free live opera performances for underserved communities. Grant funds will support performer and accompanist fees.
Vanport Mosaic, Portland, $7,000
To support the Vanport Mosaic Festival, a four-day event to honor the legacy of the Vanport community and the 1948 flood. The festival will unite Portlanders through screenings of oral histories, performances, educational and community dialogues and a reunion for former Vanport residents. The grant will support artist fees.
Write Around Portland, Portland, $7,000
To support the expansion of creative writing workshops for those with the least access in Washington County. Nine 10-week creative writing workshops will culminate in the publication of participants' work and public readings. Grant funds will support staff time to form partnerships with social service agencies in East Multnomah and Washington Counties, to train volunteer facilitators and to purchase workshop materials.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, $6,300
To support the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's world premiere of "Off the Rails" by Native American playwright Randy Reinholz, a partnership with the Native American Studies Program at Southern Oregon University. Grant funds will support a gathering prior to the Oregon Indian Education Association Conference on the Southern Oregon University campus in April, with opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue and learning among artists, educators and tribal representatives.
Rogue Valley Chorale Association, Medford, $4,000
To support Spring Sing, a series of choral music concerts for Rogue Valley children. Grant funds will be used to hire buses to transport children from Central Point, Medford and Phoenix-Talent school districts, and will cover printing costs for project-related materials.
The Arts Center, Corvallis, $6,000
To support Theater of the World, a professional theater experience for fifth grade students attending a low-income, dual-immersion elementary school. The project integrates Spanish speaking children with children learning Spanish to build community among families, friends and community partners. Grant funds will support teaching artist fees, materials and marketing for production of three performances followed by community celebrations.
Lane Arts Council, Eugene, $6,000
To support Fiesta Cultural, a two-month, county-wide celebration of Latino art and culture. Through participatory arts, Fiesta Cultural will increase the platforms for Latino artists to showcase work and further understanding of Latino culture and culturally-relevant community events. Grant funds will support marketing the event to low-income and Latino immigrants.
Eugene Symphony Association, Eugene, $7,000
To support Symphony Connect, a partnership with local human service agencies to bring specially designed interactive chamber music performances and other music opportunities to individuals who experience barriers to cultural participation. Grant funds will support musician fees, consulting specialists and a program evaluation.
Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, Eugene, $5,700
To support the String Academy program, a youth music education program that provides a full year of beginning string instruction to underserved children in public schools at little or no-cost. Grant funds will support three of eight classes taking place during the 2016-17 school year. It is a partnership with the Eugene 4J School District's BEST Afterschool Program, which serves the district's most disadvantaged students through afterschool homework support and enrichment activities.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (University of Oregon), Eugene, $6,970
To support the Club de Arte para Mamás' (Latina Mothers' Club) Monday and Saturday workshops, allowing the club to continue an expanded schedule of 18 sessions with increased attendance. Grant funds will support artist fees, marketing, translations and art supplies.
Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, $5,600
To support the 100th anniversary celebration of the historic building that houses the Umpqua Valley Arts Association's galleries, classrooms and offices. The year-long celebration, From Soldiers' Hospital to Arts Center, will bring the community together through an exhibit of veterans' ceramics, photography and painting; regular tours emphasizing the buildings history and architectural features; and a victory garden that will feature heirloom plants as a reminder of the hospital's self-sufficient nature. Grant funds will support marketing the performances, exhibits and historic tours.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Opening This Week: High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy (Photo)Oregon Historical Society - 03/20/17 8:35 AM
Press Kit: http://bit.ly/2lLYBR7
Media Preview: Please join us for an exclusive exhibit preview and tour with OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk on Thursday, March 23 at 11am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you plan to attend.
Portland, OR -- One hundred years after his birth, and more than a half-century after his shocking death, John Fitzgerald Kennedy remains a subject of endless fascination for millions of Americans. The youngest president ever elected, Kennedy's 1,037 day administration was marked by great hope as well as great tension. How he reached the White House is a story of both privilege and determination. The second-born son of a rich and influential father, Kennedy's rise to power may be seen as inevitable, but his ascension was hard fought as he persevered through severe health problems and religious discrimination.
On March 25, the Oregon Historical Society will unveil an original 6,000 square foot exhibition on the life of this iconic president. While much of his life has been overshadowed by his assassination at a young age, Kennedy's achievements during his presidency were significant and are still affecting history today. High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy will be on view March 25 - November 12, 2017.
This exhibition explores Kennedy's early life, his road to the presidency, and the changes he effected during his time in office. With the high hopes of the country behind him, John F. Kennedy made a commitment to changing the world for the better, and in his legacy he continues to live on. This exhibition, the largest centennial exhibit outside of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, features more than 150 rare artifacts and manuscripts from the Mark Family Collection, the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the Oregon Historical Society collection. A bold, unique design draws visitors through the life of this enigmatic figure and mixes state of the art interactive elements with iconic moving image footage.
Exhibition highlights include the following:
President Kennedy's Rocking Chair
Suffering from a debilitating back injury after his service in World War II, John F. Kennedy found relief from sitting in a high-backed rocking chair. He ordered several of this style, the North Carolina Rocker, from P and P Chairs for the White House, Air Force One, and his homes in Palm Beach and Hyannis Port and gave additional versions to friends. The chair was upholstered by Lawrence Arata, who Jackie Kennedy recruited to help with restoration of the White House. Kennedy gave this particular chair to Averell Harriman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection
Letters from John F. Kennedy to Rose Kennedy
The exhibition features a selection of letters JFK wrote to his mother Rose. One featured letter was written while Kennedy was a fifteen-year-old student at Choate Hall, a private college preparatory boarding school he attended from 1931 to 1935. Another is a letter he wrote to her as a young officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II after receiving a "round-robin" letter being circulated among her nine children. Gently teasing her, JFK commented, "I enjoy your round-robin letters. I'm saving them to publish, that style of yours will net us millions." JFK was close with his mother throughout his life and corresponded with her frequently as a young man. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection
Dress Worn by Jacqueline Kennedy
This brown and tan checked wool suit was designed by Carolina Herrera, a Venezuelan-born designer who created many ensembles for Jackie. Jackie's personal secretary, Mary Gallagher, was given many of Jackie's items of clothing, including this suit. During her life, Jackie Kennedy became known for her impeccable sense of style and is now seen as a modern style icon. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection
CBS News Camera, KRLD-TV, Dallas
This news camera filmed the transfer of accused Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and Oswald's murder by Jack Ruby on November 24, 1963. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection
White House "Hotline" Phone
This phone served as a hotline to the White House from 1961-63 when JFK was traveling, particularly while staying at his family's home in Palm Beach, Florida. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection
John F. Kennedy's Mahogany Oval Office Coffee Table
John and Jacqueline Kennedy refurbished the White House during their residency with period paintings, fabrics, and furniture. The president's oval office included two sofas, a rocker, and this low, American Empire style coffee table. It has bold carving in high relief, scroll feet, a heavy pedestal base, and handsome, matching veneers for its top. World leaders, military officers, and politicians gathered around this table for conversations with the president. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection
Watercolor Painting by John F. Kennedy
In order to keep himself occupied after back surgery, John F. Kennedy took up painting as a hobby and painted this watercolor of the Kennedy home in Palm Beach, Florida in 1955. He had given the painting to the Tubridy family, some Irish friends, and was reminded of the gift years later when Aine Tubridy sent him a photo of the painting. Courtesy of the Shapell Manuscript Collection
About the Oregon Historical Society
For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.
The Oregon Historical Society's museum (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) is open seven days a week, Monday -- Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. Admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents thanks to the renewal of the Oregon Historical Society levy.Attached Media Files: President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy greet crowd outside National Theatre. Library of Congress, RN: LC-USZ62-133120 , President Kennedy's Rocking Chair, Courtesy Mark Family Collection , 2017-03/2861/102378/bb008209.jpg , President John F. Kennedy, half-length portrait, seated in rocking chair, facing slightly left. Library of Congress, RN: LC-USZ62-133121