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Anyone living in Southern Oregon or Northern California is probably also a resident of the State of Jefferson. The mythical Jefferson is the product of local lore, regional identity, and pride for its residents. It remains a symbol of an enduring rural-urban divide. Now, some are working to make it the 51st official state.

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State of Jefferson

OPB | Sept. 29, 2014 12:53 p.m.

Southern Oregon and Northern California make up the mythical State of Jefferson. The “state” is the product of local lore, regional identity, and pride for its residents. It remains a symbol of an enduring rural-urban divide. Now, some are working to make it the 51st official state.

Luther Cressman, Quest For First People

OPB | April 30, 2014 midnight

A new Oregon Experience examines an Oregon man’s lifelong search for America’s first people. Airing May 12 at 9 PM

Ken Kesey

OPB | Jan. 03, 2014 2:30 p.m.

Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) and Sometimes a Great Notion (1964), was one of the best-known authors to ever emerge from Oregon.

Airing January 20 at 9 p.m.

Portland Noir

OPB | Sept. 26, 2013 10 a.m.

From shanghaied sailors to opium dens, Portland’s illicit past is legendary. But how much of it is true? Portland Noir examines Old Town’s sordid history.

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Hanford

OPB | Sept. 16, 2013 9 p.m.

In 1943, thousands of men and women from across the U.S. began arriving in a remote part of south-central Washington state. Their work would change the world forever.

Capturing Oregon's Frontier

OPB | April 09, 2013 8 p.m.

Thousands of forgotten glass plate negatives from the turn of the twentieth century bring new insight to rural Oregon's frontier history.

Tom McCall

OPB | March 19, 2013 8 p.m.

Tom McCall, Oregon’s chief executive from 1967 to 1975, may go down in history as the state’s most productive governor. He was certainly the most interesting.

Rajneeshpuram

OPB | Nov. 19, 2012 8 p.m.

In 1981, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a spiritual leader from India, and thousands of his disciples moved to Wasco and Jefferson counties to build a utopian community in the desert: Rajneeshpuram.

The Suffragists

OPB | Nov. 05, 2012 9 p.m.

Until 1912, Oregon women lived by men’s law. They had few legal rights with little power to improve their lives or communities. That changed when women won the right to vote.

Reed

OPB | Oct. 11, 2012 8 p.m.

In 1911, a small liberal arts college was launched in Portland, Oregon with its sole mission to promote the life of the mind. Reed College's national stature soon grew, as did local criticism.

Oregon Wine: Grapes of Place

OPB | May 08, 2012 8 p.m.

In the 1960s, a new breed of pioneers began arriving in the Willamette Valley determined to grow the wine grapes of Europe. They were told it couldn’t be done.

Wayne Morse

OPB | Feb. 16, 2012 8 p.m.

U.S. Senator Wayne Morse represented Oregon with brilliance and bravado and followed a vision of “principle above politics.”

The Modoc War

OPB | Nov. 08, 2011 8 p.m.

The Modoc War was one of the costliest Indian wars in American history, and made headlines across the U.S. and Europe as one of the last battles on the western frontier.

Road to Statehood

OPB | July 26, 2011 9 p.m.

Celebrate Oregon’s 150th birthday by exploring the lives of Native peoples already living here, the mountain men and fur trappers who sought adventure and wealth, and the pioneers who brought hopes and prejudices over the trail.

Sagebrush Symphony

OPB | July 12, 2011 9 p.m.

The Portland Youth Philharmonic is America's first youth orchestra — but its story begins in Burns, where a violinist shared her love of music with local children.

Linus Pauling

OPB | May 30, 2011 8 p.m.

One of the greatest chemists of the 20th century, and the only person in history to win two unshared Nobel Prizes, Linus Pauling used his international fame to promote world peace.

The Oystermen

OPB | April 18, 2011 9 p.m.

As Euro-Americans settled the Northwest coast, the native oyster became one of the first natural resources to be exploited on a large scale — and one of the first to be depleted.

Streetcar City

OPB | Feb. 28, 2011 9 p.m.

Oregon once had one of the country's most extensive streetcar systems. The lines formed the streets and neighborhoods that shaped our cities, and provided a foundation for a modern-day revival.

Pacific Crest Trail: A Ride to Remember

OPB | Jan. 24, 2011 9 p.m.

In 1959, Washington ranchers Don and June Mulford decided to try what no one thought possible: Ride the length of the 2,400-mile Pacific Crest Trail in one year.

The River They Saw

OPB | Jan. 04, 2011 8 p.m.

Rarely seen images by Carleton Watkins, Sarah Ladd, Benjamin Gifford, Al Monner and many others chronicle the history and beauty of the Columbia River Gorge.

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