Remembering the 1887 massacre at Hells Canyon
Over a century ago, on May 27, 1887, a gang of horse thieves gunned down more than 30 Chinese gold miners on the Oregon side of the Snake River in Hells Canyon.
Physician, lesbian, radical labor activist – the passions of Portland’s Dr. Marie Equi
Born in 1872 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Marie Equi grew up in a working-class immigrant family and labored in the town’s textile mills to help support the family. As a young woman, she self-studied her way into medical school and received her degree in 1903. But her life took a hard left into radical politics after she made her way to Oregon.
75 years ago, a plane crash changed Oregon politics
On October 28, 1947, a small plane crashed in rural southeast Oregon, killing the state's governor and other political leaders.
Rare photographs, newly digitized, show Oregon life in the early 1900s
The Oregon Historical Society reports that it recently digitized more than 200 historical photographs of the state from the turn of the 20th century.
Before Elvis, there was Johnnie Ray. Meet Oregon’s ‘father of rock & roll’
Oregon musician Johnnie Ray was once arguably the biggest pop star in the world. In the early 1950s, his unique sound, coupled with his emotional performances, thrilled audiences and helped usher in rock and roll.
How a 1934 waterfront strike was a major turning point for West Coast labor
In 1934, West Coast longshoremen fought, fell and ultimately triumphed together despite the odds. It was called the “The Big Strike.”
A look back at how white supremacists sowed seeds of hate in Oregon in the 20th century
One hundred years ago, the Ku Klux Klan arrived in Oregon. Within months, thousands became members as it infiltrated communities and dominated politics.
A century ago, the Ku Klux Klan terrorized Southern Oregon
One hundred years ago, members of notorious hate group the Ku Klux Klan staged a series of so-called "night riding" attacks in Southern Oregon.
REBROADCAST: Woody Guthrie
In the spring of 1941, Woody Guthrie came to Portland for a one-month job. He was hired by the Bonneville Power Administration to write songs extolling the virtues of dams, irrigated land and federally subsidized hydropower. He ended up giving the government 26 songs in 30 days.
Dark myths, and a sometimes darker historical past, haunt Oregon’s waterfronts
Portland's early waterfront has become the center for legendary stories of an illicit past. Some of those stories are even true.
New OPB documentary examines the troubling history of Fairview, Oregon’s primary institution for those with developmental disabilities
OPB's new documentary exposes the complex and often shocking history of one of Oregon’s most notorious institutions — the Fairview Training Center. For many residents, it was the only home they ever knew. For others, it was a living nightmare.
From historical biographies to issues and events that have shaped our state, "Oregon Experience" is an exciting television series co-produced by OPB and the Oregon Historical Society. The series explores Oregon's rich past and helps all of us — from natives to newcomers — gain a better understanding of the historical, social and political fabric of our state. Each show brings to life fascinating characters — both familiar and forgotten — who've played key roles in building our state into the unique place we call home.