Portland’s Dill Pickle Club, known for, amongst other things, its unique and one-time-only cultural and historical trips and tours, is debuting three new recurring walking tours of downtown Portland. These new tours are geared not just to tourists, but also recent transplants to Portland and long time residents – basically everyone!
This series is comprised of three distinct, Portland-centric tours led by community leaders and experts with first-hand knowledge. All include the “untold” histories of Portland with contemporary significance, and offer a fun and interactive way to learn about the city and its people.
1) Hidden Portland: City Treasures! with Carye Bye
What if the City was a Museum? Hidden Portland: City Treasures! attempts to answer this question by allowing tour goers to discover and appreciate the often unnoticed parts of the city. Led by author, artist and self-described “Museum Lady of Portland” Carye Bye, the tour shows how public art, museums, buildings and architectural features can encourage seeing the Rose City with new eyes and experiences.
2) Old Town/ Chinatown with Reiko Hillyer
While today Portland is known as one of the whitest cities in the U.S., its multicultural and immigrant history is rich and storied. Old Town/ Chinatown shows the challenges faced by Portland’s ethnic communities, as well as their many contributions to the city’s economy, industry and culture. Hillyer is a professor of Urban History and African American History at Lewis & Clark College.
3) Seedy, Seamy & Sinful Portland with Doug Kenck-Crispin
Join resident historian of Kick Ass Oregon History Doug, as we visit sites of famous saloons and bordellos, opium dens and card rooms, some of which are still in operation today. The tour will “end” outside of Mary’s Club, one of Portland’s most venerated strip clubs. (*This tour is best suited for those 21+)
Visit the Dill Pickle Club website for more details, including how to register.