Archive for January 2015

A Tip of the Cap

As has been mentioned here in the past, we are in the process of renaming several of the Kennedy School guestrooms to celebrate the people who attended, worked and taught at the school.

Spring is not far off, and that means one thing to millions of kids across the nation: it’s nearly baseball season. In tribute to spring tryouts, here’s the story of a Kennedy grad who made it all the way to the top before coming back home to Portland.

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Race Talks: Opportunities for Dialogue

This week, Americans celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday in observance of the non-violent activist’s January 15th birthday. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. However, it wasn’t officially observed by all 50 states until 2000. Today, it is recognized as a national day of service. According to, MLK Day calls “for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a ‘Beloved Community.'”

If you weren’t able to give back to the community this week due to work or other obligations, not to worry – here’s an alternative for you. As part of our history programming, we coordinate a monthly Race Talks discussion in the Gym at the Kennedy School. Race Talks is held every 2nd Tuesday of the month, is always free and is open to guests of all ages.

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A Man Walks into a Bar…

A man walks into a bar and says, “Hey, I’ve got all this old stuff from when this place used to be a [insert historic building turned McMenamins property here]. Do you want it?”

Yes! We want it! Well, we at least want to hear about it. Keep reading…

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A Boon’s Companion Piece

A show of hands – how many of you knew that Boon’s Treasury is 155 years old? And is considered to be one of the earliest continuously operating businesses in the state of Oregon? And hosted a world-renowned jazz pianist? And once served drinks to Jack Nicholson? Read on…

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