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Oregon Women's History
Oregon Women's History Project
Dundee Women's Club
The celebration of women’s right to vote in Oregon has generated great interest around women’s history. Inspired by the effort to recognize this event and women’s history, Oregon Heritage has created a system to document historic places related to women’s history.
 
In the Historic Sites Database is a Group Name - Women’s History.
 
To add sites to this list, there are two options. First, if the property is already in the Historic Sites Database, simply send us an email Oregon.Heritage@state.or.us nominating it for inclusion. If it meets the basic criteria, we will simply edit the record in the database accordingly. For properties not in the database, fill out the attached Women’s History Project form and submit it. Eligible properties may be ones associated with important women from Oregon's past or have a distinct focus on women or women's issues, including places where women worked, schooled, socialized, etc.
 
For information on the suffrage commemoration visit Century of Action. http://centuryofaction.org/

A few Oregon historic sites related to women's history

 
 
Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, Salem – While this property is not solely tied to women's history, they have an important story there. At one time, one in five non-agricultural labors in Salem worked at the mill and a large portion were women. They sorted and prepared the woolens that would be recycled. They were the primary blanket makers. Blankets were a major product throughout the mill's history and of particular value during WWI and WWII when they were making blankets for the military.
 

 
Union Women's Club, Union - This clubhouse was a project of the manual training students of Union High School in 1921. The Union Women's Club was officially organized in 1899 and was actively involved in the Oregon Federation of Women's Clubs. The organization always supported community projects, being particularly responsive to library and educational needs.
 
The Women's Memorial Quadrangle Ensemble, University of Oregon - Designed by Ellis F. Lawrence Hendricks Hall and Susan Campbell Hall were the first major buildings built as women's dormitories on the University of Oregon Campus, and Gerlinger Hall, originally the Woman's Memorial Hall, was designed to furnish headquarters for all women's organizations and activities in the University. All were built for the purpose of women's higher education in Oregon in the 1920s. Besides the buildings' functions, there were many women involved in realizing the ensemble: a group of women headed by Irene H. Gerlinger contributed in the fundraising and interior decorations of the Woman's Memorial Hall. The Quadrangle was to commemorate women's role in Oregon history.
 
Ashland Cemetery – This is one of the several cemeteries in Southern Oregon that feature monuments carved by Ann Hill Russell. Russell and her husband James were master carvers, whose work spanned a fifty-year (1865-1915) in Ashland. The couple established the first marble works south of Portland. Monuments for which the Russells are well known include, among others, those marking the Thomas Smith, J.C.Tolman, Oscar and Lucinda Ganiard, and Wagner children's graves.

Find or submit a site

Historic Sites Database
Women's History form

Links to Women's History Resources

Century of Action
Oregon State Archives
Oregon Digital Newspaper Program
Oregon Historical Society
Oregon Encyclopedia
Northwest Digital Archives
National Women's History Project
National Women's History Museum
US National Archives