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Jo Mancuso


Jo Mancuso worked at the San Francisco Examiner for 20 years, on the news/copy desk, for the Sunday magazine and as editor of the weekly food and home sections. She also did feature writing for the paper and won a Society of Professional Journalists award for best feature story (print). Previously she worked for the Oregonian, Oregon Journal and Idaho Free Press. She graduated from the University of Oregon.

Jo has accumulated quite a few artworks of Oregon and Northern California landscapes, many of unknown provenance. She has assigned a different subject to each of 12 walls in her home. The only completed display, in the kitchen above the range, features nine depictions of Crater Lake, including a 1957 black-and-white Kodak snapshot with the curator standing in the foreground.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Gov. Tom McCall

OPB | March 30, 2015 midnight

Tom McCall was possibly Oregon’s most productive governor, serving from 1967 to 1975. Find out how his bold achievements protected the state’s unique quality of life and values.

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Oregon Historical Photo: ‘Mother Of Equal Suffrage’

OPB | March 16, 2015 midnight

Oregon women won the right to vote and serve on juries in 1912, eight years before those rights became federal law. Find out how activist Abigail Scott Duniway championed women’s causes for more than 40 years.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Lola G. Baldwin, Nation’s First Policewoman

OPB | March 2, 2015 midnight

Lola G. Baldwin was the nation’s first municipal policewoman, sworn in by Portland’s police department in 1908. Find out how she crusaded to prevent vulnerable young women from falling into lives of crime.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Portland's Civil Rights Ambassador

OPB | Feb. 16, 2015 midnight

Beatrice Morrow Cannady came to Portland in 1912 and soon after launched a 25-year career as a bold, committed civil rights leader. Find out how she fought to secure rights and protections for the city’s 1,500 African Americans.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Outpost Astoria

OPB | Jan. 26, 2015 midnight

Astoria is the oldest U.S. settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, though it remains relatively isolated to this day. Find out how its history has been marked by boom times from exploitation of abundant natural resources such as salmon and timber.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Rajneeshpuram, Failed Utopia

OPB | Jan. 12, 2015 midnight

In the 1980s, Indian spiritual leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and many followers tried to create a utopian community in rural central Oregon. Find out how culture wars with local residents escalated into legal battles and more.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Oyster Evolution

OPB | Dec. 22, 2014 midnight

Overharvesting decimated native populations of oysters growing in bays along Oregon’s coastline. Find out how resourceful oystermen revolutionized the industry through persistent experimentation.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Saloons ‘Afloat’ During 1894 Portland Flood

OPB | Dec. 8, 2014 midnight

Portland’s past is filled with legendary stories of rampant vice, shanghaied sailors and opium dens. Find out how much of the city’s illicit history is true and which colorful episodes are more likely tall tales.

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Best Bets: Holiday Performances Around Oregon & Southwest Washington

OPB | Dec. 2, 2014 8:30 a.m.

If you live outside Portland or will be traveling this holiday season, check out our list of holiday performances around Oregon and southwest Washington you won't want to miss.

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Oregon Historical Photo: WWII Navy Recruits, 1942

OPB | Dec. 1, 2014 midnight

Between 1941 and 1945, World War II drastically changed Oregon’s economic, social and demographic profile. Find out how the war’s great challenges left profound impressions on hundreds of thousands of Oregonians, in military service and on the home front.

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Oregon Historical Photo: The Road To Jefferson

OPB | Nov. 17, 2014 midnight

Residents of counties along the Oregon-California border have repeatedly tried to create a new, independent state. Find out about the State of Jefferson, a source of regional identity, lore, propaganda and pride.

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Oregon Historical Photo: State Of Jefferson, State Of Mind

OPB | Nov. 3, 2014 midnight

Residents of counties along the Oregon-California border have repeatedly tried to create a new, independent state. Find out about the State of Jefferson, a source of regional identity, lore, propaganda and pride.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Women’s Suffrage Campaign

OPB | Oct. 27, 2014 midnight

In 1912, Oregon women waged an energetic campaign for the right to vote. Find out how their mobilization led to social reforms around the state and across the country.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Renaissance Man C.E.S. Wood

OPB | Oct. 13, 2014 midnight

As a young West Point graduate, C.E.S. Wood fought in the Nez Perce War of 1877 and recorded Chief Joseph’s words of surrender. Find out about Wood’s significant and lasting legacy in Portland.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Logging In Wallowa County

OPB | Oct. 6, 2014 midnight

In the 1920s, blacks and whites lived and worked in Maxville, a small logging community in northeast Oregon. Find out how one African-American logger’s daughter learned about a vanished town’s history.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Sternwheeler On The Columbia River

OPB | Sept. 29, 2014 midnight

Before the turn of the 20th century, a patchwork of river and rail transit carried goods and passengers through the Columbia River Gorge. Find out how engineering breakthroughs opened up the corridor from Oregon’s interior to its seacoast.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Sam Hill’s Columbia River Highway

OPB | Sept. 15, 2014 midnight

Over 100 years ago, Sam Hill dreamed of a modern paved highway that would carry motorists through the scenic Columbia River Gorge. But popular belief held that it was an engineering impossibility.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Chef Henry Thiele & Family

OPB | Sept. 8, 2014 midnight

Portland native James Beard embraced his mother’s passion for excellent food and was also influenced by European-trained chefs like Henry Thiele. Find out how Beard championed Oregon’s cuisine.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Pristine Bull Run Water

OPB | Sept. 1, 2014 midnight

Few Portlanders know the story behind the ingenious gravity-based system that delivers pure water to their taps from a source near Mount Hood. Find out how water was first piped from Bull Run Lake nearly 120 years ago.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Votes For Women Tonight

OPB | Aug. 18, 2014 midnight

Oregon lagged behind Idaho, Washington and California in extending voting rights to women. But in 1912, supporters ran a successful campaign using modern strategies. Find out how this led to social improvements in Oregon and nationwide.