CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF THE AMERICAN POLICEWOMEN ON TUESDAY, APRIL 1 AS THE FRIENDS OF HISTORY AT PSU COMMEMORATES THE PIONEERING EFFORTS OF PORTLAND POLICEWOMAN LOLA GREENE BALDWIN WITH A FREE PROGRAM
BY PSU ALUM and AUTHOR GLORIA MYERS, M.A. History
WHEN: Tuesday, April 1
WHERE:Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 338 (Vanport Room)
TIME: 7:00pm Reception - 7:30pm Program
CO-SPONSORS: the Portland Police Museum and Wells Fargo Bank Museum
COST: Free and open to the public
INFO: Call the PSU History Department at (503)725-3917
DETAILS: On April 1, 1908, Lola Baldwin was sworn in "to perform police service" for the city of Portland, Oregon; thus becoming the first female police agent hired by an American municipality. Baldwin passed her civil service exams, carried a badge and had official arrest powers in a profession that had previously been exclusively male.
The Centennial of her hiring and the emergence of women in police profession all over the country will be honored in this Anniversary Day presentation to be given by PSU alum Gloria E. Myers, the author of the definitive biography on Officer Baldwin: A Municipal Mother: Portland's Lola Green Baldwin, America's First Policewoman.
The event is hosted by the nonprofit Friends of History at Portland State University. Co-sponsors for the event include the Portland Police Museum (the PPM has some of Lola's artifacts) and the Wells Fargo History Museum.
For more information, please call the History Department at (503)725-3917.