May Presentation: History of Portland

April 29, 2017 1:54 am Published by
  • When:  May 9, 2017; 7:00 PM
  • Where:  Elsie Stuhr Senior Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton, OR 97005
  • Event:  Oregon Historical Society’s Sharon Thorne will present the history of Portland from its early days.

Event is Free, Donations are Welcome

Sharon Thorne is an eleven year volunteer at the Oregon Historical Society.  Most of that time she’s been a docent leading school kids through the OHS History Museum.  Most recently she’s worked with a group of colleagues to launch the OHS Speakers Bureau.  Sharon with a master’s in organizational behavior is a retired management consultant who specialized in helping large corporations & governments manage change and operate more effectively.  Starting at Tektronix Sharon provided consultation to managers within the company for seven years and then launched her own consulting firm for twenty years.  While she is not a native Oregonian, after 40 years of living here, she considers Oregon her home. She’s married, spends time with grandchildren, hiking, and reading.

She will be presenting about the history of Portland from its early days as “the Clearing” which was not even home to the many Indian tribes who populated the lower Columbia and Willamette Rivers.  Using an interactive style with the audience Sharon will show how Portland developed into a major city and chief port on the Willamette. She will explore the role of the Oregonian, the Plank road, the impact of the California Gold Rush, and the roots of the entrepreneurial spirit that characterizes the city to this day.

Sharon will be bringing historical artifacts for participants to look at and handle.

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This post was written by Michael Wong