History Pub

Monday, March 26, at 7 pm, I’ll be talking at History Pub, a wonderful collaboration between Holy Names Heritage Center, Oregon Historical Society and McMenamins/Kennedy School (5736 N.E. 33rd Avenue  Portland). I’ll be taking a look at the legacy of Dorothea Lensch (Director of Recreation for Portland Parks & Recreation, 1937-1972), particularly in the realm of arts and culture, but also her role in community building and nurturing Portland’s civic ecology over a number of decades.

What’s or who is the link between the 1903 Olmsted Plan and the Portland Opera and the Children’s Museum? Yes, indeed. A student of the Progressive Era impulse to invest in community institutions for the betterment of all, Lensch was our Roosevelt, Franklin AND Eleanor. She brokered major capital projects, built community centers, and championed arts, culture and recreation as a right for all, paying particular attention to low-income neighborhoods, communities of color, children and seniors, and people with disabilities and planted the seeds for much of what forms our thriving arts and culture community.

I’ll be sharing the bill with my pal Penny Hummel, director of the Canby Public Library, who’ll be talking about Mary Frances Isom, one of the founders of what is now the Multnomah County Library.

Stop on in—History Pub is one of the best testaments to history as a social activity, better experienced with friends and family!. Plus and it’s free.