Oregon Finishes Work on the National Digital Newspaper Program

Since 2009, the University of Oregon (UO) Libraries’ Oregon Digital Newspaper Program (ODNP) has participated in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a grant-funded initiative led by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to digitize historic newspapers from across the United States to be made available online at Chronicling America. As of November 2015, after completing three rounds of funding, Oregon’s participation in the NDNP has drawn to a close.

Over the course of six years, the ODNP has digitized over 300,000 pages of historic newspaper content for Chronicling America, also available online at Historic Oregon Newspapers. The ODNP Advisory Board, with input from public libraries and historical societies across Oregon, selected a total of 60 newspaper titles for inclusion in the project, ranging from prominent dailies such as the Portland Morning Oregonian, Pendleton East Oregonian, and the Morning Astorian, to small town papers such as the Echo Register and Spray Courier, and so much more!

Grant funding from the NDNP has also supported the production of new and improved K-12 lesson plans for using historic newspapers to meet Oregon common core standards in the classroom, as well as initial funding for the Open-ONI (Online Newspaper Initiative) collaborative open-source project to enhance the Library of Congress’ chronam software, with the goal of making it easier for state institutions to host newspapers online.

Many thanks to the NDNP, partner institutions across the state, and all of the current and former staff and student workers at the UO Libraries for making this project a success over the years! But don’t worry, the ODNP is continuing beyond NDNP funding, working with other institutions and donors across the state to secure funding to continue adding valuable historic newspaper content to the online collection. Additionally, a selection of current newspapers published in 2015 and beyond are also being added to the Historic Oregon Newspapers online collection as we continue to preserve and provide access to Oregon’s history in the making. Visit our blog at http://odnp.uoregon.edu to stay up to date with the latest ODNP news and collection additions.



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Thanksgiving Charity, as Seen in Morning Oregonian, 1906-1913

Giving back on Thanksgiving is a time-honored tradition, one that has been reported on throughout the decades by historic Oregon newspapers. One such historic Oregon newspaper, the Morning Oregonian, faithfully chronicled how the people of Portland, Oregon, have been charitable to those with less during a holiday that is celebrated by sharing abundance.

Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) November 30, 1906, Image 11. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83025138/1906-11-30/ed-1/seq-11/

Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) November 30, 1906, Image 11. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83025138/1906-11-30/ed-1/seq-11/

Looking through the pages of the Morning Oregonian, from 1906 through 1913, it becomes apparent that a favorite focus was how Portland’s littlest residents benefited from the generosity of others on Thanksgiving. In a November 30, 1906, article titled “Big Dinners for Little People,” the Morning Oregonian assured that “Babies Not Overlooked” in the marking of the holiday. These babies who got to partake in the bounty of Thanksgiving were sheltered by the Baby Home, established in 1888 to house homeless and neglected infants. On November 30, 1906, the Morning Oregonian reported:

The tiny tots at the Baby Home were too young to understand the reasons for the observance of Thanksgiving Day, but they were old enough to realize that a Thanksgiving feast was not something that could be enjoyed every day. There are 16 babies at the Home and 10 of them were old enough and strong enough to sit at the tables. For more than an hour they literally stuffed themselves with the good, old New England bird, roasted to a turn, and the many other good things that go to make up a regulation Thanksgiving dinner.

Like the Baby Home, the Boys’ and Girls’ Aid Society was established as a haven for Portland’s homeless youth. The Boys’ and Girls’ Aid Society was founded just three years prior to the Baby Home, in 1885, but it had the similar mission “to improve the condition of the homeless, neglected, and the abused.” The same November 30, 1906, Morning Oregonian article stated:

Sixty-four little boys and girls sat down to dinner in the home of the Boys’ and Girls’ Aid Society and sixty-four full-grown men and women could not possibly have eaten more than they. They had everything that was really worth eating. Turkey, of course, cranberries, oysters, sweet potatoes, rich brown gravy, mince, pumpkin pies, etc.

In its November 29, 1912, edition, the Morning Oregonian ran a photograph of children in the care of the Boys’ and Girls’ Aid Society sitting at rows of tables set for Thanksgiving dinner, with each table having its own a robust roasted turkey. The photograph was published alongside the article “Happy Day Passed: Orphans and Invalids Receive Additional Attention.” Its caption read: “There were no keener appetites in Portland yesterday than these.”

Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) November 29, 1912, Image 20. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83025138/1912-11-29/ed-1/seq-20/

Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) November 29, 1912, Image 20. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83025138/1912-11-29/ed-1/seq-20/

The following Thanksgiving, in 1913, the Morning Oregonian recounted how the boys and girls who resided at the Children’s Home in South Portland were “made happy” on the holiday. The Children’s Home was “a dormitory for impoverished and orphaned children” that had opened its doors in 1884. In the November 28, 1913, article “‘Turk’ Holds Sway on Charity Day” that had the subtitle “Children’s Homes Remembered by Benefactors,” the Morning Oregonian noted:

At the Children’s Home, in South Portland, six lavishly laden tables were arranged for the 84 little boys and girls of the institution. Each table was presided over by an attendant and it was wonderful to see the bright, happy faces of the kiddies when the big, brown turkey appeared. Such radiant happiness could only be characteristic of childhood. The soup plates soon were empty and then came the principal part of the dinner – the turkey. With it there were celery, vegetables and cranberry sauce. When each child had eaten all he wanted, there was ice cream, cake and fruit for everyone.

“There was enough turkey for everyone,” read the caption of the photograph that accompanied the article. In the photograph, there is row upon row of boys and girls at the Children’s Home, each child wearing his or her holiday best and enjoying the Thanksgiving meal. Some of the children seemed to have cheeks filled with food as they turned to look at the camera.

Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) November 28, 1913, Image 18. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83025138/1913-11-28/ed-1/seq-18/

Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) November 28, 1913, Image 18. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83025138/1913-11-28/ed-1/seq-18/

In the November 28, 1913, article “‘Turk’ Holds Sway on Charity Day,” the Morning Oregonian further reported:

The children in the home all were healthy and happy and gave evidence of great care on the part of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Matlock and the assistants. The donations received at the Children’s Home came largely from the public school children and consisted of dozens of jars of jam, glasses of jelly, canned goods of all varieties, package goods, potatoes and apples. Miss Miriam Jacobs sent cakes and turkeys were donated by Mrs. H. W. Corbett, Mrs. C. H. Lewis, Miss Sally Lewis, Kessler and Fry, Mrs. P. J. Mann and others.

On this Thanksgiving, may we all be as charitable as Miss Miriam Jacobs, Mrs. H. W. Corbett, Mrs. C. H. Lewis, Miss Sally Lewis, Kessler and Fry, and Mrs. P. J. Mann were toward the less-fortunate little ones of 1913 Portland. Whether the holiday season is spent with the family we were born into or the one that we chose, perhaps we can take time to give back to the community in one way or another, whether it is initiating a food drive, donating food to a charitable institution or organization, or lending a helping hand at a local soup kitchen. As the Morning Oregonian shows in its early 20th-century reportage, giving back on Thanksgiving can “make happy” those who could benefit from our kindness the most.

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Historic Oregon Newspapers: Even More NEW Content!

More than 9,000 pages of historic newspaper content have been added to the Historic Oregon Newspapers website! Much of this content is from papers that served Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon, including Corvallis Gazette, Corvallis Times, Union Gazette, and Oregon Union.

Oregon union. (Corvallis, Benton County, Or.) November 19, 1897, Image 1. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn85042402/1897-11-19/ed-1/seq-1/

Oregon union. (Corvallis, Benton County, Or.) November 19, 1897, Image 1. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn85042402/1897-11-19/ed-1/seq-1/

Rich in fascinating historic content, the new additions to Historic Oregon Newspapers are:

Athena, Umatilla County, OR. The Athena Press (June 9, 1893-Jan. 8, 1909)

Corvallis, Benton County, OR. The Benton Democrat (Dec. 28, 1872-June 21, 1873)

Corvallis, Benton County, OR. The Corvallis Gazette (April 22, 1865-Dec. 30, 1898)

The Athena press. (Athena, Umatilla County, Or.) August 14, 1908, Image 71. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn96088356/1908-08-14/ed-1/seq-1/

The Athena press. (Athena, Umatilla County, Or.) August 14, 1908, Image 71. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn96088356/1908-08-14/ed-1/seq-1/

Corvallis, Benton County, OR. Corvallis Gazette (April 27, 1900-Dec. 29, 1908)

Corvallis, Benton County, OR. The Corvallis Times (June 2, 1900-Dec. 30, 1903)

Corvallis, Benton County, OR. The Oregon Union (Feb. 28, 1863)

Benton democrat. (Corvallis, Benton County, Or.) April 26, 1873, Image 1. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn84022649/1873-04-26/ed-1/seq-1/

Benton democrat. (Corvallis, Benton County, Or.) April 26, 1873, Image 1. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn84022649/1873-04-26/ed-1/seq-1/

Corvallis, Benton County, OR. Oregon Union (Sept. 3, 1897-Feb. 10, 1899)

Corvallis, Benton County, OR. The Union Gazette (Feb. 17, 1899-April 20, 1900)

Corvallis Gazette (Corvallis, Benton County, Or.) March 5, 1901, Image 1. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn93051660/1901-03-05/ed-1/seq-1/

Corvallis Gazette (Corvallis, Benton County, Or.) March 5, 1901, Image 1. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn93051660/1901-03-05/ed-1/seq-1/

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Halloween Fun Highlighted in Historic Oregon Newspapers

With the familiar chill of early fall comes jack-o’-lanterns on front porches and paper cutouts of bats, black cats, and witches on broomsticks in the windows of homes and school buildings. Halloween is here once more, and the fun and oftentimes spooky traditions of the holiday as celebrated in the state of Oregon have been well documented in Historic Oregon Newspapers.


Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) October 29, 1916, Image 71. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83045782/1916-10-29/ed-1/seq-71/

A yearly tradition that many look forward to is the Halloween party. The “Society ” page of the November 5, 1922, edition of the Sunday Oregonian detailed the numerous Halloween parties and dances held in posh Portland hotels and private homes. One such party was given in honor of “Miss Dora Gordon, a popular young Portland girl who is attending the University of Oregon.” The party took place at the “Torrey residence in Laurelhurst” and “was most attractively and appropriately decorated in the striking Halloween colors. Dancing and many original features were enjoyed. Refreshments were served around an artistic orange and black table.”

In Grand Ronde, Oregon, the “gymnasium was a place of confusion and merriment on last Monday evening, it being the occasion of an All Halloween social,” reported the November 4, 1910, edition of the Weekly Chemawa American. “Various amazing features were provided for the entertainment of young and old on this occasion. A couple of ‘spectres’ made their earthly appearance on this occasion, to the enjoyment of all. They were arrayed in the latest tailored white sheeting and cut quite a dash.”

Focusing specifically on the entertainment of the young on the festive occasion of Halloween, the Sunday Oregonian in its October 29, 1916, edition ran an article titled “Features for the Young People.” The article included the fiction story “Halloween Witches and Their Pranks” and presented helpful tips on “Fun for Halloweeners.”

Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) October 29, 1916, Image 73. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83045782/1916-10-29/ed-1/seq-73/

Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) October 29, 1916, Image 73. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83045782/1916-10-29/ed-1/seq-73/

“Fun for Halloweeners” provided many ideas for games, “in addition to the old ‘bobbing for apples’ game,” which young people could play at a Halloween party. One of these Halloween games, “out of which much fun can be gotten,” involved a horseshoe:

A horseshoe is hung in a doorway, and each set of partners is given three lady-apples. Each, in turn, tries to throw the apples, one at a time, through the shoe. The one who succeeds wins the prize. Or, if you do not want to give prizes, she will be pleased to be told that she will marry young. Hang a ring from the gas fixture and ask your guests to try to run a pencil through the ring while walking toward it. The winner will be the next to get married. Nearly all Halloween games have to do with love and marriage.

For Halloween revelers not quite of marrying age, there was still fun to be had, typically at parties given by parents. The October 7, 1948, edition of the Heppner Gazette-Times came to the aid of Heppner, Oregon, parents faced with throwing a kids’ Halloween party. The newspaper stated the “setting for the party might be the backyard, a recreation room or the family living room. The boys and girls will have lots of fun planning the games and making the decorations. Simple-to-make decorations such as jack-o’-lanterns, black cats, balloons and orange and black crepe paper streamers make a fine background for a gathering of ghosts and goblins.”

Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) October 25, 1908, Image 45. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83045782/1908-10-25/ed-1/seq-45/

Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) October 25, 1908, Image 45. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83045782/1908-10-25/ed-1/seq-45/

The Morning Enterprise, in the October 23, 1912, article “For the Children,” suggested parents have their children play the “lucky candle game” for Halloween: “For this game provide a large tub of water and small candles for those who wish to try their luck. The candles are mounted on bits of wood by means of a pin or thin nail driven through it. Each player then launches his little boat, and the candles are all lighted as quickly as possible. The owner of the candle that burns the longest will be the luckiest guest of the party. The good luck is supposed to remain with the fortunate winner for the ensuing year.” Hopefully, Oregon City parents who heeded the Morning Enterprise article had more than a few fortunate winners at their children’s Halloween parties.

As the sun sets October 31 and costumed revelers, young and old, fill streets and homes with Halloween cheer, take a page from Historic Oregon Newspapers and their coverage of spooky fun and frolic in decades past. Make sure party spots are “most attractively and appropriately decorated in the striking Halloween colors.” Serve refreshments “around an artistic orange and black table.” Play games “out of which much fun can be gotten.” And Happy Halloween!

Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) October 30, 1921, Image 83. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83045782/1921-10-30/ed-1/seq-83/

Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) October 30, 1921, Image 83. http://oregonnews.uoregon .edu/lccn/sn83045782/1921-10-30/ed-1/seq-83

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Milestone! 10 Million Pages on Chronicling America!

The Oregon Digital Newspaper Program (ODNP) joins the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in celebrating a major milestone for Chronicling America. As of Tuesday, October 7, 2015, Chronicling America has more than 10 million pages of historic U.S. newspapers available online, transforming access and impacting research of all kinds!


Launched in 2007 by the Library of Congress and the NEH, Chronicling America is a free, searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers. It provides enhanced and permanent access to historically significant newspapers published in the United States between 1836 and 1922. Chronicling America is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a joint effort between the Library of Congress, the NEH, and partners in 40 states and territories.

Oregon joined the partnership in 2009, when the University of Oregon announced via press release that it had been awarded a $364,042 grant from the NEH and the Library of Congress to digitize historic Oregon newspapers dating from 1860 to 1922. This grant money was augmented by matching funds from the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office and Oregon Heritage Commission through the Oregon Cultural Trust. Since 2009, ODNP, a program of the University of Oregon Libraries, has contributed nearly 300,000 pages of historic Oregon newspaper content to the Chronicling America site.

“Chronicling America is one of the great online treasures, a remarkable window into our history and a testament to the power of collaborative efforts among cultural institutions nationwide,” said Mark Sweeney, the Library of Congress’s Associate Librarian for Library Services. “The Library of Congress is proud to work alongside NEH and all our partner institutions to make this vision a growing reality. In the coming years, we look forward to adding newspapers from the remaining states and territories, as new partners join the program.”

Map of All NDNP Awardees, Current as of 2015.

Map of All NDNP Awardees, Current as of 2015. http://www.loc.gov

“We at the National Endowment for the Humanities are proud to support the Chronicling America historic newspaper project,” said William Adams, NEH Chairman. “This invaluable resource preserves and makes available to all the first draft of America’s history so that we can see the ideas and events that shaped our republic unfold in the headlines of their times.”

Traditionally, historic newspapers have been available for general use through microfilm and shared among users through interlibrary loan (ILL) or by purchasing copies. Chronicling America has revolutionized access to historic newspaper content by digitizing pages and providing full-text keyword access to the content. This has been transformative for research of all kinds. In addition to saving researchers hours of scrolling through reels of microfilm, full-text access allows them to discover connections between research topics and uncover little-known stories in U.S. history.

“Historic newspapers supply vital evidence of our history and culture and are used by students, scholars, historians, arts groups, businesses, urban planners, genealogists, and others,” said Karen Estlund, former Head of  the Digital Scholarship Center for the University of Oregon Libraries. From 2009 to 2015, Estlund was also Project Director for ODNP. Speaking specifically on access to historic Oregon newspapers, Estlund said, “These primary source materials provide a window into the life of local Oregon communities a century or more ago, covering early environmental preservation, industry, agriculture, urban development, Native American and race relations, the establishment of the state, and more.”

East Oregonian. (Pendleton, Umatilla Co., Or.) September 20, 1919, Image 1

Through a few clicks, users of Chronicling America can narrow their focus to newspapers published all on the same day, in the same region, or the entire country. In addition, the content in Chronicling America is available for bulk download and API use. Here are additional facts about Chronicling America:

  • Between January and December 2014, the site logged 3.8 million visits and 41.7 million page views;
  • The resource includes more than 285,000 pages in almost 100 non-English newspapers (French, German, Italian, and Spanish);
  • More than 250 Recommended Topics pages have been created, offering a gateway to exploration for users at any level. Topics include presidential assassinations, historic events such as the sinking of the Titanic, inventions and famous individuals such as the Wright Brothers, and cultural or offbeat subjects such as fashion trends, ping-pong, and world’s fairs;
  • NEH has awarded a total of more than $30 million in grants to 40 partner institutions to contribute to Chronicling America, listed at http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/awards.

In celebration of the Chronicling America milestone, the Library of Congress will post a new blog every Thursday for 10 weeks, beginning October 7, 2015. Each blog post will highlight a different offbeat topic with headlines in Chronicling America, such as “Medical Advances Gone Wrong,” “Coffee ‘Facts’,” and “End of the World.” Subscribe to the blog or check out loc.gov/blogs each Thursday for the week’s installment.

In addition, the National Endowment for the Humanities will launch a special website on September 29, 2015, commemorating the 50th anniversary of NEH’s founding. The website will highlight Chronicling America in an online feature at 50.neh.gov/projects/newspapers-the-first-draft-history. Share online with the hashtag #NEHturns50.

Also, check out the NDNP Impact report, which features information from interviews with NDNP project directors.

About the Library of Congress: Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s first-established federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world. It seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications, and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at loc.gov.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating its 50th anniversary as an independent federal agency in 2015, National Endowment for the Humanities brings the best in humanities research, public programs, education, and preservation projects to the American people. To date, NEH has awarded $5 billion in grants to build the nation’s cultural capital – at museums, libraries, colleges and universities, archives, and historical societies – and advance our understanding and appreciation of history, literature, philosophy, and language. Learn more at neh.gov.

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In September, It’s Back to School

September days see the re-opening of school doors in the state of Oregon and across the country. Historic Oregon newspapers have dutifully remarked upon the start of the back-to-school season and the academic pursuits of Oregon students throughout the decades.



Often, historic Oregon newspapers marked the occasion of the new school year with pictorials that typically were comprised of photographs of fresh-faced students sitting in rapt attention in classrooms, vigorously engaged in academic or athletic pursuits, standing alongside peers in carefully posed photographs of school teams or activity groups, or walking cheerfully en route to school on their first day back. The Morning Oregonian, in its September 7, 1915, issue, noted that “nearly 30,000 pupils” were on their way to school that morning in Portland. The newspaper features a photograph of two young children, nattily dressed, on their first day back.



The Morning Oregonian also caught America’s future farmers in action in classrooms and laboratories at Oregon Agricultural College, which is now Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Oregon. In photographs, the historic Oregon newspaper captured young male students at the college “making cement fence posts,” getting hands-on experience with dairy farm machinery, and “corn judging,” which can be seen in the photograph posted below. The Oregon students of yesteryear were engaged in a wide range of academic and practical learning activities that were intended to benefit them and boost the local and state economy.



In addition to showing Oregon students as active participants inside the classroom, historic Oregon newspapers reported on the avid athletic pursuits of the state’s high school and college students, both male and female. Members of school sports teams, typically in uniform and posing alongside teammates and coaches, were the photographic subjects of many historic Oregon newspapers. The Sunday Oregonian, in an article titled “Portland ‘School Days’ Not All Given to Book Study,” focused on the extracurricular activities of students at Washington High School, Girls’ Trade School, Jefferson High School, and Franklin High School. The article includes a photograph of the “Girls Basketball Team” at Franklin High School, seen below.



“Back to school” in Oregon meant heading to class in first-day finery, working individually or with peers in classrooms and laboratories to get a handle on newfangled farm equipment, coming together with one’s basketball teammates in fierce determination to win one for the school, and much, much more. Over the span of many decades, in the 19th century and beyond, historic Oregon newspapers chronicled these moments in academia and preserved them for the ages.

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Historic Oregon Newspapers – Lots of New Content Added!

In recent weeks, a slew of great new content has been added to the Historic Oregon Newspapers website, from a Finnish-language newspaper whose target readership was American female communists (Toveritar) to a newspaper that proudly proclaimed in its masthead: “Independent in all things; Neutral in nothing” (Douglas Independent).



As fans of Historic Oregon Newspapers, you surely don’t want to miss these new additions:

Salem, OR. Capitol Journal (Oct. 17, 1922-Dec. 30 1922)

Roseburg, OR. Douglas Independent (June 15, 1878-Dec. 25, 1885)

St. Helens, Columbia County, OR. Oregon Mist (Aug. 7, 1891-July 8, 1910)



Albany, OR. State Rights Democrat (Jan. 21, 1881-April 20, 1900)

Monmouth, Polk County, OR. Polk County Observer (April 10, 1903-Feb. 25, 1908)

Corvallis, Benton County, OR. Corvallis Gazette (Jan. 1, 1901-Dec. 29, 1905)

Corvallis, OR. Corvallis Times (Jan. 6, 1904-Aug. 16, 1907)



Corvallis, OR. Corvallis Daily Gazette (May 3, 1909-June 30, 1909)

Corvallis, Benton County, OR. Gazette-Times (July 2, 1909)

Corvallis, Benton County, OR. Daily Gazette-Times (Aug. 2, 1909-Dec. 31, 1909)

Astoria, OR. Toveritar (Nov. 9, 1915-Dec. 16, 1922)



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Oregon: “Summer Playground of the Northwest”

Oregon has long been a popular destination for those seeking warm-weather recreation. With seemingly endless options set amid a landscape abundant in natural beauty, Oregon is a big draw for visitors from out of state in search of vacation fun and for Oregonians seeking a weekend (or week-long) escape from the day-to-day. As is evident from this article from the June 28, 1914, Sunday Oregonian, there is no shortage of “Vacation Haunts in Oregon.”



The Sunday Oregonian is the Sunday edition of the long-running Oregonian newspaper, which is the oldest continuously running newspaper on the West Coast and has been a major newspaper in Portland, Oregon, since 1850. First published on December 4, 1881, the Sunday Oregonian has striven to print news of interest to those in Multnomah County, Oregon, and far beyond. Such news of interest includes what to do, and where to sojourn, in Oregon in the summertime. The aforementioned “Vacation Haunts in Oregon” article published in the Sunday Oregonian suggests a plethora of options for summer vacation in the state, from “an outing on the beach,” to “boating or canoeing,” to “trout fishing,” to “running about through mountains and forest,” to “camp[ing] or liv[ing] in rented tent houses or small seaside cottages.”

Speaking of seaside cottages…

Another article, published in the July 4, 1920, edition of the Sunday Oregonian, points the way to summertime destinations (and doings) in Seaside, Oregon, a historic summer resort area and longtime beach vacation destination. The article, titled “News of the Resorts,” extensively reports on the Oregon families who were summering in beach cottages along the shore. Reporting on the Yost family, the article says:

“Idlewild” Cottage is being occupied this year by Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Yost, their parents and three children. The family were formerly from Portland, but have recently made their home in Vancouver. They have been at the coast two weeks.”

Also according to “News of the Resorts”:

The garden at Necanicum this year is just as beautiful as ever and can be enjoyed to the fullest extent from the sun parlor built last year. The hotel, which is in its twentieth year under Mrs. Damon’s management, is opening this season with Mrs. M. W. Cruise of Oregon Agricultural college in charge of the dining room. She has with her several co-eds from the domestic science department assisting.

“News of the Resorts” goes on to chronicle the opening of summer homes in Gearhart, Oregon; who’s who among the visitors inhabiting the cottages in Cannon Beach, Oregon; seasonal travelers to the seaside resort destination of Newport Beach, Oregon; as well as Fourth of July festivities, parties, and the opening of a new public restroom in Long Beach, Washington, thanks to the efforts of the Ladies’ Aid Society of Long Beach.



In addition, the “News of the Resorts” article features a photograph of Crescent Lake, a natural lake and recreational spot that has long been popular with those who enjoy fishing, swimming and sailing:



With such natural, picturesque attractions like Crescent Lake that invite all manner of outdoor warm-weather fun, summer in Oregon has a strong, undeniable lure that can be felt near and far. As the “Vacation Haunts in Oregon” article states:

All nature in Oregon invites the vacationist. That’s why Oregon is called “The Summer playground of the Northwest” and that also is the reason this state is drawing annually bigger crowds of tourists and vacationists from the East. The outing places are all here and they’re free. They lack artificiality and formality, holding still their original natural beauty and attractiveness.

So, in the words of the “Vacation Haunts in Oregon” piece, “now for your summer vacation. Dig out your fishing tackle, your big shoes, the old duck suit, your bathing trunks and the slouch hat and hit the trail. Nature, you will find, has had your comfort and pleasure in mind since last Summer and will be on hand as usual to greet you with big broad smiles whichever way you turn.” Happy summer (and enjoy the sun)!



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More Historic Crook County Content Now Online!

In partnership with the Crook County Historical Society Bowman Museum in Prineville, Oregon, the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program (ODNP) is proud to announce two additional Prineville titles that are now part of Historic Oregon Newspapers online:

Both papers provide a late 19th century perspective on Crook County and serve as precursors to the Prineville Crook County Journalwhich can also be found online from January 1901-July 1921.

Here are just a few fun clippings that can be found in these new additions:

Advertisement: Prineville Wagon and Blacksmith Shop at Swaileys old stand, C.L. Salomon Prop. All kinds of wagon work and blacksmithing done by experienced workmen. Horseshoeing a specialty. Old wagons and hacks and all kinds of old iron taken in exchange for work. All iron work done by as good a smith as there is in the country at related prices.

Ochoco review. (Prineville, Crook County, Or.) April 07, 1888, Image 6. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn00063648/1888-04-07/ed-1/seq-6/


Prineville Review. Thursday January 29, 1903. Localettes. P.G. Milliron, of Crook, was in the city last Saturday. Archie McKinnon, of Price, made this office a pleasant call Saturday. Sheriff Smith left last Monday for Salem to hob-nob with our lawmakers for a time. Stock of all kinds continues to look fine and will come out in the spring in fine condition. Left on hand - fine overcoat also pantaloons, will sell cheap. Gormley, The Tailor.

Prineville review. (Prineville, Crook County, Or.) January 29, 1903, Image 3. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn00063658/1903-01-29/ed-1/seq-3/


Drawing of horse race, with caption: "Five days of races. $1100 in purses. Under the management of the Prineville Jockey Club. Prineville Oregon. October 27,28,29,30,31."

Prineville review. (Prineville, Crook County, Or.) August 13, 1903, Image 1. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn00063658/1903-08-13/ed-1/seq-1/


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K-12 Common Core Lesson Plans Now Available

One of our big projects this year has been revising and enhancing ODNP lesson plans to align with Oregon Common Core State Standards. Thanks to the excellent work of Erin Choi, recent graduate from the University of Oregon’s UOTeach Master’s Program, these new lesson plans are now available for use in K-12 classrooms! Erin began her work as a graduate student and student teacher in October 2014, focusing on topics in Oregon history and American history, incorporating primary source content from newspapers found in the ODNP’s Historic Oregon Newspapers online and the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website, and aligning lesson plans with Common Core standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Social Sciences.

The new lesson plans are targeted at Grade 4 ELA standards and Grade 4 Social Sciences standards for Oregon History topics, and Grades 6-8 ELA standards and Grades 6-8 Social Sciences standards for American History. However, all of the lesson plans can be adapted to any grade level, allowing K-12 educators to either utilize the plans as they come, or insert relevant articles and activity ideas into their existing lessons.

Check out our new K-12 Resources page for links to applicable Oregon Common Core State Standards and ODNP lesson plans, as well as additional resources from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Library of Congress, and the University of Illinois.

List of ODNP K-12 Lesson Plans:

The lesson plans were designed for commenting by K-12 educators – please feel free to add comments to each, as well as any additional relevant resources or newspaper links that others might find useful.

Special thanks to:

  • David Parker, graduate student in the UOTeach program, for initial research on American History topics
  • Jason Stone, former ODNP Project Manager, for developing initial ODNP lesson plans in 2010
  • Gina Murrell, ODNP Project Coordinator, for editing and proof-reading
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