Monthly Archives: November 2008

Go Beavs!

rose-bowl.jpg“Jack Yoshihara might not make it to the big game, but it won’t be because he isn’t allowed to be there, as was the case in 1942.

Jack Yoshihara, a Japanese American and a sophomore reserve on Oregon State’s football team, was practicing in mid-December 1941, just as he had throughout the season.

There was anticipation, with the Beavers preparing to play second-ranked Duke in their first trip to the Rose Bowl game. There was also fear, with the country still reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor only a week or so earlier.”

To read more, check out the LA Times article from this morning.

Sojourners, Settlers, and New Immigrants: Mexicanos in Oregon

The Independence Heritage Museum is pleased to host an Oregon Chautauqua Program from the Oregon Council for the Humanities. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry will discuss the history of migration and the complex issues concerning borders in “Sojourners, Settlers, and New Immigrants: Mexicanos in Oregon.” Gonzales-Berry will explore the seventy-five-year history of migration and settlement of Mexicans in Oregon, high-lighting their sustained practices of community building, struggles for integration, and contributions to the cultural and economic landscape of the state.

This free, public program will take place on Saturday, January 10th at 1:30pm at The Independence Heritage Museum, 112 S. 3rd st, Independence.

To learn more, visit The Independence Heritage Museum website.

Bowl Dreams: Go Beavs!

1953-program-948Though very little muck and mud ends up in our stacks, we do have a great assortment of football photos! While many, many photographs are still in print form, we have just over 200 that have been scanned and added to our Best of the Archives digital collection. And now there is another way to access these: we’ve created 3 new sets on our Flickr site.

Remember, the beauty of Flickr is that you can tag the images, comment on the images, and share the images — so get to work!

Microfilm Magic

bees-2551It’s true, all the magic really does happen in the microfilm area!

On October 28th, we had a visit from The History Detectives, and we’ve posted a few pictures and videos to our Flickr site. They were researching the history of a piece of bee’s wax and recording their findings for the hungry public television audience.

What did the detectives detect?
You’ll have to watch the episode next summer to find out, but we can report that part of the filming involved Elyse Luray doing microfilm research, as well as other general research, all under the glaring lights of the cameras.

What did she look at?
The McMinnville Telephone Register, The Wheeler Reporter and The Yamhill County Reporter.

Do we have those reels at OSU?
No, but that’s the beauty of ILL! A request to the UofO, a few days wait, and those reels made their way 45 miles north and into library lore and public tv fame.

What to watch?

ccc2534.jpgCivilian Conservation Corps on OPB, November 3 at 9:00 p.m.

“During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps put millions of young men to work improving public lands. In its short existence, enrollees planted three billion trees earning the name Roosevelt’s Tree Army. Today, their work is still enjoyed in parks and forests around the state.”

OPB used images from the Gerald Williams and College of Forestry photograph collections!

The grand recap: what happened in the Archives last month?

Historic Walking Tour 2008I wanted to personally thank everyone who participated in our Oregon Archives Month activities! Bookended by building tours, the month was full of walks, eats, and fun.

Starting us off on October 8th, Larry led us on a historic building tour. Not only did we learn something, the clear blue skies and early fall colors made for a great walk! For those of you who couldn’t make it, please visit the Flickr photo site and check it out! You can also see tour photos and historic archives photos on our Flickr Map. On the map you’ll find the locations for the images that you see in the slide at the bottom of your screen; to see more images and their locations, use the left or right arrows to change the images and the map.

And, of course, who can forget the Taste of the ‘Chives? Campus and community guests joined us to sample a bit of history. Again, for those of you who weren’t there, please check out the Gazette-Times article (look to the bottom for the video) and visit our Flickr site for pictures and recipes. There are also plenty of recipes on our blog—an entire month, in fact!

October 22nd brought “reel” fun and four great movies from our collections featuring Mount McKinley National Park, Cowboys in Central Oregon, National Dairy Champions (circa 1925), and an odd early Disney short from the 1920s. If you are looking for more films you can watch from the comfort of your chair, check out our freshly digitized films:

And last, but not least, was last night’s ghost tour—led by me! No pictures on the Flickr site yet, but we did make the front page of the Gazette-Times and the Barometer. To quote the G-T: “Nighttime tour of OSU shows the spooky side of Oregon State University.” Yes, people were scared, very scared! From Benton Hall and the ghostly sounds of band practice to personal stories of fright in front of Waldo, it was quite fun. We had about 40 join us to wander around campus before the rains hit…