The title of the intriguing sounding July 26th, 2010 edition of History Pub at the Kennedy School Theater (5736 NE 33rd) is Dark Rose: Organized Crime and Corruption in Portland:
In the mid-1950s, Portland’s dirty laundry was aired for the whole nation to see, when The Oregonian broke the sensational story of organized crime rackets, Teamsters Union involvement, and corrupt law enforcement officials, using information provided by the city’s infamous crime boss, James B. Elkins. Quickly, Portland was made the debut case in the U.S. Senate Committee investigation of racketeering by union officials in cities around the country. No less than Robert F. Kennedy oversaw the proceedings.
The presenter is Robert Donnelly, Professor of History at Gonzaga University, and author of the forthcoming book, Dark Rose: Organized Crime and Corruption in Portland, Oregon.
(Robert Donnelly’s book sounds like it visits the same topics covered by longtime Portland Journalist Phil Stanford in his entertaining book Portland Confidential: Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Rose City).
The program begins at 7pm, and goes about two hours.
The History pub events are free presentations that join beer and history on the last Monday of every month. The events are sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center and McMenamins, and take place in the theater at the Kennedy School.