October is Oregon Archives Month. By way of celebration four downtown Portland historical archive locations will be welcoming visitors from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, October 2 – it’s the First Annual Oregon Archives Crawl.
Travel at your leisure between the Portland Archives and Records Center, the Portland State University Library, Multnomah County Central Library and the Oregon Historical Society. At each place you can tour the facilities and participate in activities that bring history to life. The Oregon Historical Society and the Multnomah County Central Library will also be hosting displays by other area archives including the Oregon Jewish Museum, Willamette University, Lewis & Clark College, the Oregon State University, the Mazamas and the Washington County Museum. Each location and participating organization will have family friendly activities throughout the day.
Archives Crawl passports will be issued to participants to help in navigation. The event, and passport, is free. Begin your crawl at the Portland Archives and Records Center (1800 SW 6th), the Portland State University Library (1875 SW Park), or the Multnomah County Central Library (801 SW 10th). Get stamped at each location and you’ll be entered in a raffle at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park), where there will be an after party with refreshments and live music.
Of additional note, on Friday October 1, the Oregon Historical Society is having an open house, with free admission and special programs!