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Thanksgiving Thoughts

All too often Thanksgiving can feel like a pit stop on in the holiday highway starting at Halloween and ending at New Year’s.   The Christmas decorations are up before we slice the pumpkin pie and people are waiting in line

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The case of the fallen mummy

Like the ghosts and jack-o-lanterns we see everywhere this time of year, mummies have become an icon of Halloween.  Although mummies make their appearance alongside the werewolves, vampires, zombies, and Frankensteins in all of the Scooby-doo cartoons, they are rarely

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The History of Peanut Butter in the U.S.

The origins of certain food items usually make for good conversation. Potato chips were invented in 1853 when a customer complained that his french fries were too thick.  Ketchup is a derivative of a Chinese fish sauce.  Sliced bread became

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The Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition: Portland’s “World’s Fair”

World’s Fairs are an unforgettable event in a city’s history, bringing scores of tourists, revenue and prestige for years after the fair.  If you’ve ever seen Meet Me in St. Louis, you’ve experienced Hollywood’s take on the World’s Fair in

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Searching for Love in All the Right Pages: Personal Ads in Historic Oregon Newspapers

These days, posting a personal ad or joining an online dating site is common and (generally speaking), a culturally accepted way to find a potential relationship.  Online dating sites like Match.com like to boast that one-in-five new relationships begins from

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Oregon On Two Wheels: The History of Cycling in Our Historic Newspapers

Whether it’s mountain bikes on our high desert trails, hybrid commuters on our city streets, or balloon-tire beach cruisers on our public coastline… Oregonians love riding their bicycles! The Beaver State is a well-known “hub” of self-powered transportation in policy

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Great Quotes About Newspapers

Over the course of the ODNP project, I have been collecting historical quotes about newspapers and the newspaper business. I thought this would be a good time to share some of my favorites with readers of the blog… Enjoy! “This

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Aloha, Oregon! Hawaiians In Northwest History

Though their presence in the historical record has often been overlooked, Native Hawaiians actually began coming to Oregon during the earliest periods of Territorial settlement. In 1811, there were 24 “Sandwich Islanders” among the crew of men sent by John

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The History of Tattoos in Early Oregon Newspapers

From the sailors of yesteryear to the hipsters of today, there have always been Oregonians who are inclined to “get inked.” The Oregon-centric IFC sketch comedy series Portlandia has gone so far as to declare this the place where “the

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April Conferences

ODNP had an eventful week to kick off the month of April! Both the Oregon Heritage Conference and the Oregon Library Association’s annual conference were scheduled at this time, and (with a little creative itinerary-juggling) ODNP staff were in attendance

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