NW Life | History | News | The Vietnam WarOPB | July 24, 2017 1:30 p.m.
A new OPB documentary explores how the Vietnam War still deeply affects Oregonians, even nearly 50 years after the end of combat operations in Vietnam.
Each year the Oregon Heritage Commission honors individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon’s heritage.
The railroad helped build the West, with new towns sprouting up along the railways. Outlaws quickly learned there was a formula to staging a successful train robbery. The DeAutremont brothers decided to follow in the footsteps of their outlaw heroes, like Jesse James, with disastrous consequences.
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.
World War II affected the way of life for many Oregonians. Young men became soldiers, and citizens did everything they could to aid the war effort, from joining civil militias to conserving bacon fat. Find out more about wartime life in Oregon.
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.
Jefferson is a remote area in northern California and southern Oregon, rich in natural resources. Feeling forgotten by both states’ governments, the citizens grew frustrated over poor infrastructure and impassable roads. Find out how Gilbert Gable, mayor of Port Orford, initiated the area’s most famous secessionist movement.
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.
In the early 1900s, violinist Mary Dodge first started teaching music to the children of Harney County. Find out how she formed the Sagebrush Symphony, which would tour Eastern Oregon, visit Portland and Salem, and become the precursor of the Portland Youth Philharmonic.
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.
In the 19th century, Portland’s waterfront had an international reputation for vice and violence. It was also the setting for much of the folklore about the city. Find out more about the legends of Portland's past.
Oregon Experience Producer Eric Cain was intrigued by this photo of a logger on a train. Find out what his sleuthing revealed about where and when the photo was taken, as well as what was taking place in the picture.
Astoria experienced citywide fire several times during the 1800s and 1900s. One fire in 1922 was devastating, wiping out as many as 30 city blocks. Learn how Astoria rebuilt and persevered after this great fire.
Founded in 1811 by wealthy fur baron John Jacob Astor, Astoria is the oldest United States settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. Learn more about the multifaceted history of this city and where those two centuries of activity have brought Astoria today.
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.
The Pendleton Round-Up has been exciting spectators for over a century. Find out how this truly Oregon event, which has featured exhibitions of fancy roping, trick riding and stagecoach racing, got its start.
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.
Mary Dodge was passionate about music and teaching children. Find out how the "diminutive bundle of iron nerve" founded the Sagebrush Symphony in Oregon's High Desert, which ultimately became the Portland Youth Symphony.
Overharvesting decimated native populations of oysters growing in bays along Oregon’s coastline. Find out how resourceful oystermen revolutionized the industry through persistent experimentation.