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Diverse history presentations planned by Oregon university students

May 1, 2013


Three Oregon university students will present research findings May 10 at the Oregon Heritage Conference in Portland. The presentations will begin at 8:30 am at the Architectural Heritage Center.
The three students have been named Oregon Heritage Fellows by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, based on the strength of both their scholastic achievement and their research topics. The fellowships encourage the thoughtful inquiry of Oregon's heritage by emerging scholars.
"The Fellows not only conduct original research into the diverse history of Oregon, but also present this research to increase public interest in this history," explains Roger Roper, Assistant Director with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The 2013 students, their schools and topics are:

  • Patrick Lozar, University of Oregon, "'An Anxious Desire of Self-preservation:' Colonialism, Transition, and Identity on the Umatilla Reservation, 1860-1910."
  • Regan Watjus, University of Oregon, "Contours of Race: The Chinese in Astoria, Oregon."
  • Kelly Yelverton, Lewis and Clark College, "The Portland Hotel: A Spatial Analysis of Race and Class Relations, 1890-1929."
Chris Bell, Cultural Resources Program Coordinator with the Oregon Department of Transportation, will chair the session.

The Oregon Heritage Conference May 9-10 brings together staff and volunteers from historical societies, historic landmark commissions, schools and universities, humanities groups, local and state agencies, museums, tourism and economic development organizations, federal agencies and tribal governments. To find more information and register for the conference, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx