Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Oregon turns 154 years young this Feb. 14. Celebrate Statehood Day with a slice of Oregon’s birthday cake and free admission all day to our Oregon History Museum exhibits.
The Oregon History Museum at the Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 S.W. Park Ave. in downtown Portland. Museum hours on Feb. 14 are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At noon, First Lady of Oregon Cylvia Hayes will cut Oregon’s birthday cake, specially made and donated by Baker and Spice, which is co-owned by Oregon author Julie Richardson, whose new book, “Vintage Cakes,” was hailed by the New York Times as “a love letter to all-American desserts.”
Also on the schedule is a special history lesson on the Oregon sunstone, officially recognized as the state’s official gemstone by the 1987 Oregon State Legislature. Take advantage of free admission to visit the newest exhibit, “Tough by Nature: Portraits of Cowgirls and Ranch Women of the American West.” The exhibit features over 65 works of art by Eugene artist Lynda Lanker, who spent 19 years interviewing western women and capturing their stories through her artwork. Also on display is “All Aboard! Railroading and Portland’s Black Community,” an original exhibit by the Oregon Black Pioneers. Visit www.ohs.org for a complete list of current exhibits.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge