Presidential history exhibit features extended weekend hours

<p>New artifacts have been added to the Oregon Historical Society’s “Windows on America” exhibition in Portland. Special extended hours are offered Feb. 14-17, the last four days of the exhibit.</p>

A world-class collection of presidential history provides an educational outing with extended hours during the President’s Day weekend.

On public display for the first time, “Windows on America: The Challenges of Presidential Leadership” features more than 100 artifacts and documents at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. The exhibit is said to include treasures that rival those found in Smithsonian collections.

Also, in celebration of Oregon’s statehood, special activities are planned Friday. Former governors Barbara Roberts and Ted Kulongoski will join Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale at noon for a special musical tribute to our state. There’s free admission and birthday cake.

Free admission and special activities also are planned Saturday for the society’s quarterly Community Day. It includes a temporary exhibit created by high school students about community leaders who have fought for social justice.

The presidential collection consists of documents, images, and objects that provide a unique perspective to more than two centuries of American history. Among the highlights are an official copy of the 13th Amendment (which abolished slavery), the U.S.S. Antares log from the attack on Pearl Harbor and the bullet-pierced letter that was in Teddy Roosevelt’s pocket during an assassination attempt in 1912.

During its tenure at the museum, additional artifacts have been added to the Mark Family Collection, which was acquired over a period of 50 years. A loan from the Shapell Manuscript Foundation features additional John F. Kennedy artifacts. The display closes Monday. Extended hours are offered during the President’s Day weekend.

While at the museum, be sure to view the Pendleton Woolen Mills exhibit, which is on display through Friday, Feb. 28.

Pendleton Woolen Mills has been a part of Oregon history since the mid-19th century. A family-run business for six generations, the unique Pendleton brand is known worldwide.

Featuring materials from Pendleton’s archives and collections, the exhibit explores the early history of the company, its popularity and its relationship with American Indian communities.

The Oregon Historical Society has served as Oregon’s primary research collection and museum about Oregon history since 1898. It includes more than 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films.

Windows on America

WHERE: Oregon Historical Society

ADDRESS: 1200 S.E. Park Ave., Portland

•Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

•Friday, Saturday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

•Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.

COST: Adults $11, seniors $9, ages 6-18 $5

FREE: Friday, Saturday

INFO: www.ohs.org

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