THE OREGON ENCLYCLOPEDIA READY TO LAUNCH ON OREGON STATEHOOD
FEBRUARY 14, 2008.
Launch party to be held from 5pm to 6:30pm
At the Oregon Historical Society
Free and open to the public.
Portland State University has partnered with the Oregon Historical Society to create an online enclyclopedia on "everything and anyone of significance" in Oregon under the guidance of PSU History Professor Bill Lang. The foundation for the website has been set, with several initial entries to start the ball rolling. The launch date will be Thursday, February 14, with the inaugural celebration to be held at OHS located at 1200 SW Park, only a five-minute walk from the PSU campus. Everyone is invited to opening day event, set to take off on Oregon Statehood Day in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary which will take place in 2009. Emcee David Sarasohn from the Oregonian, Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Inada, jazz musicians Darrell Grant and Nola Bogle and a host of other presenters will help to kick off the exciting project. Several computer terminals will be set up that day in the Oregon Historical Society's Miller Pavillion for museum attendees to register their suggestions for entries to the Oregon Enclyclopedia.
For persons not able to make it to OHS, it is suggested that you take time out that afternoon to log onto www.oregonenclyclopedia.org to learn more about the project, to make suggestions for entries, or to contribute entries. There will be additional opportunities for Oregonians to take part in the workshops and meetings which will take place at various locations throughout the state. Starting in the Spring of 2008. a team of editors, scholars, and specialists from around the state will begin to visit Oregon communities to collect topics and entries from all about siginificant people and events in Oregon's past, and about the state's music, architectural, literary and artistic past.
The Oregon Enclyclopedia is a project of Portland State University in partnership with the Oregon Historical Society. Generous support has been received from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Council of Teachers of English, the Oregon Heritage Commission, and the Oregon Council for the Humanities. For more information, please contact the history department at (503)725-3917, or Sherry Manning at OHS at (503)306-5270.