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Oral history interview with Richard Sommer, by Clark Hansen

Richard Sommer discusses his early life in San Francisco, his education at UC Davis, and how he became one of the first winemakers in Oregon's Umpqua Valley. He discusses his focus on Riesling, his use of the divided canopy method, his trips to Europe, eiswein (ice wine), barrel aging, and other winemakers in Oregon.

Sommer, Richard, 1929-2009

Oral history interview with Bill Curtin, by Greta Smith

Curtin discusses his family background and early childhood, Catholicism, the KKK, Portland Police, Unions, Bill's time in the seminary, St. Charles Catholic Church & School, Immaculate Heart Catholic Church & School, Father Tobin, Father Griffin, Father Robert Krueger, Emmanuel Hospital expansion project, Urban Renewal, Model Cities, Albina Fair Share, Oregon Fair Share, Organizing for activism in Albina, Saul Alinsky, Night life in Albina, Shops, businesses, people in Albina, Dawson's Park, Police community relations in Albina, Drug and alcohol recovery programs in Albina (the Victory Club and the Miracles Club), and Leaving the priesthood.

Curtin, Bill

Arts, entertainment, and community events

Photographs, circa 1923 to 1936, of people and activities related to arts; entertainment; the Portland Rose Festival; and other community events, performances, and ceremonies. Arts-oriented images include portraits of dancers and musicians, primarily children, as well as photographs of actors, actresses, and theatrical productions or rehearsals. Photographs of the Portland Rose Festival include activities and portraits of festival queens and princesses. This series also includes photographs of parades and circus performers and performances.

Oregon Journal (Firm)

Religion, faith, and worship

Photographs, circa 1920 to 1940, of people, places, objects, and activities related to religion, faith, and worship, predominantly Christian. Approximately half the images are portraits of clergy and places of worship, some of which are unidentified. The photographs also document events and activities, including the Marian Congress, held in Portland from August 12-15, 1934, at the Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother (The Grotto) in Portland; processions at St. Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, both in Portland; and baptism ceremonies in the Columbia River.

Oregon Journal (Firm)

Oral History Interview with Fred G. Meyer

Fred Meyer discusses: Settling in Portland and significance of the location; the early days; growth of the Fred Meyer Corporation; death of Mrs. Meyer; Fred Meyer goes public; industrial growth; business philosophies; costs and wages; 1970s inflation; bankruptcy of other business; TriMet taxation; historical figures admired by Fred Meyer; Supreme Court case about unfair competition; government controls; future of Portland as a major city. Also includes black and white photograph of Fred Meyer, taken at Photo Art Commercial Studio in Portland, Oregon.

Meyer, Fred G., 1886-1978

Agriculture and animals

Photographs related to agriculture, horticulture, and animals from approximately 1920 - 1945. The bulk of the photographs depict people, animals, and scenes at fairs and livestock shows, probably the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon, and the Pacific International Livestock Exposition in Portland, Oregon. Other images depict topics such as cats, dogs, wild birds, poultry, and Tusko the elephant; farms and farmland; flowers, flower shows, and gardens.

Oregon Journal (Firm)

Oral history interview with Holly Hart, by Winter Drews and James Loos

Holly Hart is the owner of Old Wives Tales restaurant on East Burnside in Portland. She was born in Chicago in 1947 and grew up there before moving to Portland to attend Reed College in 1964, where she was highly active in protests against the Vietnamese War. Her identity as a lesbian became apparent around this time, and following graduation at Reed, she entered a period of intensive gay rights activism. Suffering burnout, she regressed from these activities before returning to them upon attending the law school at the University of California Berkeley from 1972 to 1975. Some time around 1978, Hart was on a panel commissioned by Oregon Governor Bob Straub to compile a report for the "Task Force on Sexual Preference". Upon the failure of the Mt. Moving Café, which Hart frequented during its brief run, she started Old Wives Tales, with an emphasis on multi-ethnic vegetarian cuisine.

Hart, Holly

Oral history interview with Emil Feltz, by Jim Poplack

Emil Feltz discusses his childhood in the Brooklyn Neighborhood. He was born in 1900 in Portland Heights, where his father worked for the Portland Traction company. In 1909, his family was convinced to move to the Brooklyn area by Father Gregory of the Sacred Heart Church, and Feltz spent most of the rest of his life there. He talks about how his father helped build Oaks Park, how he and his friends would ice skate in Oaks Bottom in the winter, and swim to Ross Island in the summer. He also talks about how the neighborhood has changed during the period of 1909 to 1976, and his thoughts on the future of the neighborhood.

Feltz, Emil, 1900-1982

Wartime industry, activities, and events

Photographs related to industrial, patriotic, and civil defense activities and events in Portland, Oregon during World War I and World War II. The bulk of these photographs were taken from 1942 to 1945 and depict people and activities at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard. Other photographs document troops marching in a War Activities parade in April 1918; a visit by Charles M. Schwab and Charles Piez of the Emergency Fleet Corporation in July 1918; and a ceremony to present an Army-Navy "E" Award for wartime production to an unidentified organization between 1942 and 1945.

Oregon Journal (Firm)

Oral history interview with George Oberg, by Brian Aune and Heather Burmeister

George Oberg lives in Vancouver, Washington. He was the first president of the Second Foundation, which was a gay rights organization during the 1970s. During the interview, he talks about the early gay rights movement as well as the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. He talks about how his partner died of AIDS.

Oberg, George

Oral history interview with April Lewis, by Tyler Brewington and Heaven Hartford

In this interview, Lewis, shares some fascinating information about her family, her background in diversity training, her involvement with Portland’s lesbian softball league, and her experience of living through the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. Now over twenty-five years sober, April speaks candidly about her identity as a recovering person, twelve-step programs, addiction and abuse within LGBT communities, and the importance of addiction recovery communities.

Lewis, April D.

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