May
4
7:00 pm19:00

First Wednesday Series

Rose Festival from A to Z

Presenters: Angel Ocasio and Marilyn Clint as moderators with Mayor Harry Lane, Queen Thelma Hollingsworth, and Rosie the Riveter as living history actors.

At the heart of Portland’s popular culture for more than a century, the Rose Festival has its roots in tradition, with inspired programming that embraces both the contemporary and the nostalgic. Visionary city leaders started the festival during the first decade of the 20th Century to put Portland on the map and brand it “the summer capital of the world.” Little did they know that more than a hundred summers later the Rose Festival would be world-famous – both for its remarkable, award-winning events and as a leader in celebrating community values like volunteerism, patriotism and environmentalism

Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

First Wednesday Series

Growing up with G.I. Joe's

Presented by Janna Orkney

Janna Orkney tells the story of how her father, Ed Orkney, grew the G.I.Joe's chain store from a war surplus store in a tent in Portland to a multi-million dollar retail chain with multiple locations in Oregon and Washington.

Mar
2
7:00 pm19:00

First Wednesday Series

An Irish Family’s Journey to Oregon Starting in 1910, and Exploring the 5500 Year Old NewGrange Passage Tombs.

Presented by Paul Lyons

Paul Lyons is a forty-year resident of Lake Oswego with his wife Helen. Paul was born in North Portland to Irish immigrants. In 2002, he explored his family’s heritage in Counties Leitrim and Kerry Ireland and his family's journey to Oregon. During his research he also discovered NewGrange, the passage tombs in County Meath, created over 5,500 years ago. NewGrange is the oldest archeological site in Europe built centuries before the Pyramids in Egypt and Stonehenge in England. Join us as Paul discusses his family history research and this magnificent site in Ireland.

Doors open at 6:30pm and the presentation starts at 7pm.

Feb
3
7:00 pm19:00

First Wednesday Series

Before the Shadow Catcher: Predecessors of Edward S. Curtis Documenting Native Americans

Presented by Dr. Stephen Beckham

Edward S. Curtis's twenty volume THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN and its photographic supplements became a landmark work published in the early twentieth century. Several others, however, preceded Curtis in documenting Native American culture, language, and portraits. These included George Catlin (1830-52), Karl Bodmer (1832-34), Alfred Jacob Miller (1837), Paul Kane (1847), George Gibbs (1849-61), Lt. Lorenzo Lorain and Dr. Edward P. Vollum (1857-58), and Adam Clark Vroman (1894-1903). This presentation establishes the historical context in which Curtis worked and his images of the "vanishing Americans." Catlin, Gibbs, and Lorain all worked along the lower Willamette River in the 1850s. The lecture will include images by each of these visual documentarians.

Feb
2
Mar 3

Edward Curtis Exhibit

In the early 1900s pohotographer Edward Curtis embarked on a project that culminated in a twenty volume publication featuring Native American tribes across the United States entitled The North American Indian. A6 Gallery in Bend, OR has loand OHC 34 original prints from the volumes and 3 special reproduction goldtone prints. View this exhibit Tuesday-Friday from 10am-4pm and Saturdays 1pm-4pm. Guided Tours on Saturdays. Prints are for sale.

Apr
1
7:00 pm19:00

First Wednesday Series

April 1, 2015, 7 p.m.

My Boss Wears Pajamas

Larry Logan, a Lake Oswego resident and a photographer, journalist and entrepreneur, reflects on his time as Hugh Hefner’s personal photographer. Doors open at 6:30 and the presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Light refreshments provided.

Mar
4
7:00 pm19:00

First Wednesday Series

America's Golden Age of Brass Bands

The Golden Age of Bands spanned from the mid-1800s until after World War I. Oswego was no less enthusiastic in its embrace of the band craze than the rest of the country, and supported four performance groups – The Oswego Band, Oswego’s Real Band, Oswego Cornet Band, and the Bickner Orchestra. Join us as a member of the Board of the Lake Oswego Pioneer Cemetery presents on the local contribution to the Golden Age of Brass Bands. Doors open at 6:30 and the presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Light refreshments provided.

Feb
4
7:00 pm19:00

First Wednesday Event

Join us as we welcome Brigadier General James Thayer and Anne Sandoval as they speak about their experiences during World War II. General Thayer served in the U.S. Army and was awarded the prestigious Silver and Bronze Star. Anne Sandoval is one of Lake Oswego's own "Rosie the Riveters" who contributed greatly to the home front.