The Doty Fish Company

By History Department | December 18, 2019 |

Hello from the History Department. On the banks of the Columbia River, just north of where our Kalama Harbor Lodge stands today, there was once a huge and prosperous fish packaging plant called the Doty Fish Company. Founded in 1895, it was one of the enterprises that first brought the world a taste of the…

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Anderson’s Principal Who Wasn’t

By History Department | December 10, 2019 |

Hello from the History Department. First, some news – we’re excited to announce the addition of another History Pub to our repertoire. Beginning January 29, 2020 (and continuing every last Wednesday of the month), the Compass Room at the Grand Lodge will be the latest venue to host one of our free, monthly history programs.…

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The Chinook People in Kalama

By History Department | December 3, 2019 |

Hello from the History Department. Along with many examples of Native artwork and sculpture at the Kalama Harbor Lodge, there is a guest room named for the indigenous Chinook people, who thrived in the region “since time immemorial.” Sharing their history is a just one way to honor those who came first. As we know…

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McMenamins Artist Justyn Livingston

By History Department | November 26, 2019 |

Hello from the History Department. Did you miss Fibonacci Day, on 11/23? Yeah, we did, too. Below, Justyn Livingston, for whom we named a room in the Art House at Old St. Francis School in Bend, OR, explains her artistic inspiration through the teachings of mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci (ca. 1170–1250). You might already be familiar…

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Origination of an Icon

By History Department | November 19, 2019 |

Today is Terminator’s 34th birthday celebration (pints for $4.50! Growler fills just $9! 20% off Terminator merch!) — but here is some fascinating company history about one of our flagship beers. Behold, the original Hammerhead logo, compliments of McMenamins artist Lyle Hehn, conceived on February 1, 1992. A triumphant, confident pose, overalls and rolled-up shirtsleeves,…

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Can You Guess Which Spot? Celebrity Edition

By History Department | November 12, 2019 |

Think you’re a McMenamins history buff? Identify the five properties associated with these celebrities. Property #1 Actors River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves with director Gus Van Sant Property #2 A Mc regular with Bruce Springsteen Property #3 Krist Novolselić, co-founder of Nirvana Property #4 Mc employee with Portland Trail Blazer Damian Lillard Property #5 Sasquatch,…

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Veterans Day and the Elks

By History Department | November 5, 2019 |

Hello from the History Department. This coming Monday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. McMenamins History Department first sent out the post below in November 2018, but the holiday’s origin story (which has a tie back to the Tacoma Elks lodge and this fantastic historic artifact to accompany it) bears repeating as this November 11th marks…

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From Kennedy School to the NY Yankees

By History Department | October 29, 2019 |

Hello from the History Department. In honor of the World Series, this week’s history post is about a NY Yankee who was also a Kennedy School alumnus: Don Johnson. (No, not that Don Johnson of Miami Vice, but this one of Portland….) ********* “I was no superstar, but I played with the best players who…

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The Nun Who Made Learning Fun

By History Department | October 22, 2019 |

Hello from the History Department. Sister Mary Sebastian is remembered by students at St. Francis School in Bend, OR, as the Converse All-Star sneaker-wearing teacher who taught for just a short time in the early 1960s, but left a lasting impression. One former student recalled, “She was very spontaneous, very energetic and tall. She’d even…

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The Elks’ Student Prince

By History Department | October 15, 2019 |

Hello from the History Department. This brightly colored painting hangs in the pub at McMenamins Elks Temple in Tacoma, WA. But it wasn’t painted by one of our staff artists. This original oil painting, called Student Prince (ca. early 1930s), was graciously made available by Rudy Hansen, longtime employee at the revered Heidelberg Brewery of…

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