Posts by History Department

Infertile Ground for an Exquisite Talent

Hello from the History Department. On Tues., August 27, at the Olympic Club, we’re presenting a History Pub about a hometown boy who made the big time. Merce Cunningham, born in Centralia, is considered one of the foremost innovators of modern dance and choreography. He passed just over a decade ago, in late July 2009,…

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“Big Red” stands tall at Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

Hello from the History Department. This week, we delve into the archives for a blog about a remarkable piece of artwork at Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, one that has connections to… Star Wars?? It’s true. **** Made by Beaverton artist Joel Cottet (1948–2002), the sculpture was originally produced as a prototype for filmmaker George Lucas, of Star…

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Hospitality & Horticulture

Hello from the History Department. In case you missed it, there was a great article in this week’s Seattle Times about McMenamins Anderson School’s gardens. It’s a great read and a good reminder to slow down and look around when you’re visiting our properties. While Edgefield most often get star billing for its lovely and…

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Congrats, LaCreole’s St. Saviour’s Bell

Hello from the History Department. America’s first and oldest fair was held in 1765, in York, Pennsylvania. In comparison, Oregon’s Washington County Fair (held at the fair complex about 7.5 miles from our Grand Lodge) has only been running for 164 years, since 1855. This year’s event takes place on July 25-28, in Hillsboro, OR.…

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West Coast Woodstock

Who here has heard of Woodstock? … OK, good. But just in case, a quick review: Woodstock was a music festival held at a dairy farm in upstate New York from August 15-18, 1969. The gathering attracted an audience of more than 400,000 people and is “widely considered to be the definitive nexus for the larger counterculture generation.”

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Can You Guess Which Spot?

Think you’re a McMenamins history buff? Identify the five properties associated with these images. Property #1 Property #2 Property #3 Property #4 Property #5                                   Property #1 Anderson School (Bothell, WA) – While this image wasn’t taken at the…

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White Eagle Lore, Reexamined

Hello from the History Department. Full disclosure: This is a reboot from an eBlast about the White Eagle originally published in 2013 – but it still holds true because history. Whether or not ghosts roam the hallways is undocumented; who’s to say if there are or aren’t spirits who remain in residence? (I say yes.)…

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The 5th Floor

Hello from the History Department – You may have heard about the diminutive 5th floor at the Elks Temple? – we even named a beer after it. But what it lacks in square footage, it makes up in lovely artwork by McMenamins artist Cleo Hehn, depicting several of the company’s most important influences and inspirations.…

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Extraordinary in Its Utter Simplicity

Hello from the History Department – Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn will rock and roll the old poor farm this week! Hello, summer! So when you’re there in that wonderful venue, enjoying a show along with thousands of others, do not for one second think to simply walk past one of the best little joints in…

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“Wonderful Things Happen”

Hello from the History Department – The 2018–19 school year is quickly drawing to a close, so today we take a look at another of the teachers, Kate Drew, who made the Kennedy School special, back when it was an operating elementary school. What a wonderful attitude Mrs. Drew had and passed along to her…

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