Jo Mancuso worked for 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.
Linus Pauling, the brilliant chemist and humanitarian who grew up and attended college in Oregon, is the only person in history to win two unshared Nobel Prizes.
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Eighty years after an English professor organized three days of Shakespeare performances in Ashland, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has become the country’s largest repertory theater, drawing audiences mostly from out of town.
In the midst of the Great Depression, an English professor organized three days of Shakespeare performances in Ashland. Eighty years later, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has become the city’s economic mainstay.
Most photographs capturing rural Oregon’s frontier era were carelessly discarded long ago. But one man’s vast collection brings new insights into everyday life in Southern Oregon at the turn of the 20th century.
Southern Oregon’s Crater Lake is a bright gem in our National Park system. One man led the long fight to protect it from private development.
A small group of early- to mid-20th century artists connected to the Portland Art Museum developed variations on a modernist regional style and paved the way for today’s rich, flourishing art scene.
In 1967, a threat to public access for recreational use of Oregon’s ocean beaches mobilized citizens, sparking the fiercest legislative battle in the state’s history. Could landowners erect barriers to create private beaches?
Could Southeast Oregon’s ancient caves hold secrets of the first human settlements in the Americas? Archaeologist Luther Cressman's groundbreaking discoveries in the 1930s upset long-held beliefs and continue to affect science profoundly.
After World War II, four young entrepreneurs started Tektronix, a family-like electronics company that ballooned into Oregon’s largest private employer. The product that started it all? A piece of test equipment indispensable to engineers.
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 the vanished town’s history.
In 1923, three brothers tried to rob a train as it crossed the Siskiyou Mountains in Southern Oregon. Find out how they bungled the job horrifically, resulting in death, destruction and infamy.
Oregon has had a long history of discriminating against African Americans. Find out how Portland’s black community fought entrenched institutional racism during the 1960s and '70s.
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.
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.
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.
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.