Events

September 2022

Portrait of Louisa T. Flowers (right) and unidentified woman, c. 1880-1900. (Oregon Historical Society)

EXHIBIT
On view through November 13, 2022
Free with admission

Black in Oregon: 1840–1870

Oregon Black Pioneers’ travelling exhibition Black in Oregon: 1840–1870 highlights some of the Black individuals and families who came to Oregon during the years of legalized racial exclusion, when the provisional and territorial governments of Oregon explicitly barred Blacks from residency and all legal protections. These Black pioneers risked everything to build a better life for themselves and their families in Oregon and helped lay the foundation for the state’s future Black communities.

Portrait of Louisa T. Flowers (right) and unidentified woman, c. 1880-1900. (Oregon Historical Society)

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October 2022

SPECIAL TOUR
Wednesday, October 5
12PM–1PM
Regular Price $10
Member discount applies

History Hike: Oregon’s Black Pioneers

Join us for a guided interpretive hike through Forest Park near Pittock Mansion by Oregon Black Pioneers’ Executive Director, Zachary Stocks. Attendees will learn more about the figures featured in the exhibit Black in Oregon: 1840-1870 while hiking along an easy wooded trail.

Photo courtesy of Zachary Stocks.

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SPECIAL TOUR
Saturday, October 15 & Sunday, October 16
10:30AM, 11:45AM, 1:00PM and 2:15PM
Regular Price $22 / Member Price $7.50
Recommended for visitors age 14 and up

Behind the Scenes Tour

Have you ever wondered “What’s behind that door?” while visiting Pittock Mansion? 

On Behind the Scenes Tours, tour guides lead small groups through areas of the Mansion not ordinarily open to the public including basement passages, the boiler room, the Otis elevator machine room, third floor servants’ quarters, Henry Pittock’s private den, and more! 

November 2022

LECTURE
Thursday, November 3
6PM–7:30PM 
Doors open at 5:30PM
Regular Price $7
Member discount applies

Letitia Carson in Court: The Unlikely Story of Resistance and Resilience in Early Oregon

Given the pervasive White supremacy that dominated antebellum Oregon, including notorious Black exclusion laws, it seems remarkable that a Black woman in 1843 would file suit against a White man at all—let alone win. Yet, that’s exactly what happened! Join Historian Stephanie Vallance as she tells the extraordinary story of Letitia Carson who, despite blatant state-sanctioned racism and widespread anti-Black sentiment, won two court cases against Greenberry Smith, her wealthy, White, land-owning neighbor. How and why Letitia emerged successful illuminates the mostly untold story of Black women in the history of Oregon settlement and the often contradictory racial and political landscape of Oregon’s early statehood.  

Stephanie Vallance works as the Public Historian for the Gresham Historical Society, managing the Gresham Public History Project. She received a Master’s in Public History from Portland State University. Her master’s thesis, Letitia Carson in Court: African American Women, Property, and Wages in the Pacific Northwest centers Letitia Carson’s legal strategy within early 19th-century issues of gender, property, and power. 

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Vallance.

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsor Skin by Lovely.

SPECIAL TOUR
Saturday, November 12 & Sunday, November 13
10:30AM, 11:45AM, 1:00PM and 2:15PM
Regular Price $22 / Member Price $7.50
Recommended for visitors age 14 and up

Behind the Scenes Tour

Have you ever wondered “What’s behind that door?” while visiting Pittock Mansion? 

On Behind the Scenes Tours, tour guides lead small groups through areas of the Mansion not ordinarily open to the public including basement passages, the boiler room, the Otis elevator machine room, third floor servants’ quarters, Henry Pittock’s private den, and more! 

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Corporate event at Pittock Mansion

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As a benefit of Corporate Membership, businesses are allowed to host a one-time event based on availability and subject to approval.

EXHIBITS

In addition to the permanent collection on display throughout the Mansion and Gate Lodge, Pittock Mansion’s rotating exhibits allow visitors to delve deeper into local history.